September 7 to October 15, 2017


Ami Barak

Theme: What Does the Image Stand For?

With the rapid development of new technologies, images – both still and moving – have become omnipresent in daily life. Lens-based images have invaded the web and social networks, those new forms of media that have made photography ubiquitous and granted it a prominent position in innumerable practices. The photographic image, initially intended to reproduce every last detail of reality, is manipulated at will. To that extent does the image, this documentation of daily life, convey reality? Is a photograph an objective framing of the world at a particular moment? Is it a symbol or a symptom of contemporary culture?


Adel Abdessemed (France); Luis Arturo Aguirre (Mexico); Seung Woo Back (Korea); Yto Barrada (Morocco); Dora Budor (Croatia); Mircea Cantor (Romania); Sara Cwynar (Canada); Samuel Fosso (Cameroun); LaToya Ruby Frazier (United States); Pascal Grandmaison (Canada); David Hartt (Canada); Nelson Henricks (Canada); Camille Henrot (France); Risa Horowitz (Canada); Terrance Houle (Canada); Frédéric Lavoie (Canada); Micah Lexier (Canada); Hanna Liden (Sweden); Liu Yue (China); Meryl McMaster (Canada); Boris Mitić (Serbia); Matan Mittwoch (Israel); Valérie Mréjen (France); Zanele Muholi (South Africa); Nadia Myre (Canada); Moshe Ninio (Israel); Melik Ohanian (France); J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere (Nigeria); Joshua Petherick (Australia); Anne-Marie Proulx (Canada); Jayce Salloum (Canada); Erin Shirreff (Canada); Taryn Simon (United States); Jonas St. Michael (Canada); Artie Vierkant (United States); Kim Waldron (Canada); Jin-me Yoon (Canada); Akram Zaatari (Lebanon)


Galerie de l’UQAM; VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine; Artexte; Centre CLARK; Dazibao; Galerie B-312; Fonderie Darling; McCord Museum; Maison de la culture Frontenac; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; OPTICA; Occurrence


Launched for the 15thedition, the MOMENTA Creative educational program enabled diverse publics to explore the full range of issues raised by the biennale, with a reshaped and stimulating approach.

7 workshops
3 thematic guided tours
2 pedagogical tools
13 partners: Brio; Laurent Duvernay-Tardif; Brila; African Rainbow; Exeko; Janie Bellefleur-Kaltush; Anne-Marie Proulx; Bibliothèque Mordecai-Richler; Centre CLARK; Frédéric Lavoie; Radio CIBL; DeSerres; Photo Solution

In numbers

171,584 exhibition visits and participation to the activities
5,000 participants to the educational program
38 artists
16 exhibitions

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