Launch at the For­mats book­store

Stanstead Journal - - LENOXVILLE NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheFore­man Art Gallery of Bishop’s Univer­sity is proud to present its lat­est cat­a­logue, which documents the work of Myr­iam Yates in her 2013 solo ex­hi­bi­tion. The pub­li­ca­tion in­cludes an in­tro­duc­tion by cu­ra­tor Vicky Chainey Gagnon, with es­says by Les­ley Johnstone, a cu­ra­tor at the Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal, and Scott McLeod, the di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor at Pre­fix In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Toronto. The cat­a­logue was de­signed by 1218a.

The ex­hi­bi­tion at the Fore­man brought to­gether a se­lec­tion of Yates’ art­works that fo­cused on the Mon­tréal Hip­po­drome, a site the artist has been work­ing with since the early stages of her ca­reer. Opened in 1872 and closed in 2009, the Hip­po­drome, or Blue Bon­nets as it was for­merly known, was, in its hey­day, an im­por­tant site of en­ter­tain­ment within the city. Whether the sta­bles where race­track horses re­side, the de­funct Le Cen­taure restau­rant or the mak­ing of the band­stands for the U2 con­cert in 2011, Yates’ videos and films speak to a spe­cific di­chotomy: that of sev­eral places and tem­po­ral­i­ties ex­ist­ing on the same site. Through her in­ves­tiga- tion of the Hip­po­drome and other sites such as Mon­tréal-Mirabel In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Yates crit­i­cally re­flects on the chang­ing func­tion of mod­ern build­ings in the con­tem­po­rary era, and in­di­vid­u­als’ equally chang­ing re­la­tion­ships to these pub­lic spa­ces.

About the artist: Vis­ual artist Myr­iam Yates’ pho­tog­ra­phy- and- video-based prac­tice tends to­wards a doc­u­men­tary ap­proach. She ex­plores the ten­u­ous re­la­tion­ship be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate space, fol­low­ing the shift­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween ar­chi­tec­ture and its in­hab­i­tants. Yates’ holds two BFAs and an MFA from the Univer­sité du Québec à Mon­tréal. Her work has been shown at events such as Buenos Aires In­ter­na­tional Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val (2013), Kas­sel Dok­fest (Kas­sel, Ger­many, 2012), Im­ages Fes­ti­val (Toronto, 2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Mon­tréal (2007), Ren­con­tres in­ter­na­tionales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (2007, 2012, 2013) and the Regina Fes­ti­val of Cin­e­matic Arts (2005). It has also been fea­tured in in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive ex­hi­bi­tions: a duo show at CCS Bard Hes­sel Mu­seum of Art (NY, 2012), The Québec Tri­en­nale at the Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal (2011), Op­tica Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art (Mon­tréal, 2009), La Cen­trale Ga­lerie Pow­er­house (Mon­tréal, 2003) and Gallery 44 Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Pho­tog­ra­phy (Toronto, 2001). In 2005, she at­tended the Banff Cen­tre to par­tic­i­pate to the In­traNa­tion the­matic res­i­dency pro­gram. Prizewin­ner of the Cy­ber­pitch con­test (Fes­ti­val du Nou­veau Cinéma, Mon­tréal 2004), she has also pre­sented at the Banff Cen­tre’s New Me­dia In­sti­tute’s In­ter­ac­tive Screen lec­tures. Her work is in­cluded in the col­lec­tions of the Cirque du Soleil, the Musée na­tional des beauxarts du Québec and Fasken Martineau Du­Moulin law firm.

Pro­duced un­der the di­rec­tion of cu­ra­tor Vicky Chainey Gagnon, the ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logue in­cludes es­says from Les­ley Johnstone, a cu­ra­tor at the Musée d’art con­tem­po­rain de Mon­tréal, and Scott McLeod, the di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor at Pre­fix In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Toronto. The cat­a­logue was de­signed by 1218a.

A 60-page bilin­gual pub­li­ca­tion with 31 coloured pho­to­graphs, a pic­to­rial in­dex of 150 im­ages and a soft cover spine of sewn fab­ric bind­ing. ISBN: 9781-926859-10-1 hous­ing. Eleni has found that a more walker-friendly neigh­bour­hood shows bet­ter men­tal health of the com­mu­nity.

In terms of men­tor­ship through­out her ca­reer, two people stand out. One per­son was a very or­ga­nized, sys­tem-ori­ented, re­li­able per­son. She could trust that she knew his ap­proach, and could adapt her style to be a good fit for his. The sec­ond per­son was a very charis­matic, vi­sion- ary doc­tor who had clear goals as to what he wanted to ac­com­plish. “It is hard to find all those qual­i­ties in one per­son. I was for­tu­nate to have two men­tors.”

Eleni ap­pre­ci­ated some ad­vice she heard early on in her stud­ies, af­ter strug­gling with lab stud­ies in her first year of med­i­cal school. They kept say­ing, “Don’t give up. Doors will open up.’’ Well, she didn’t give up, and now she is in a non-tra­di­tional field of medicine and grate­ful for those people who en­cour­aged her.

As far as rec­om­men­da­tions for stu­dents re­gard­ing use­ful cour­ses or ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, Eleni sug­gests that stu­dents broaden their ex­pe­ri­ences, es­pe­cially if the goal is global health. “De­velop a port­fo­lio of re­lated vol­un­teer work in your field of in­ter­est. Con­sider vol­un­teer­ing for lo­cal chap­ters of the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion, the Red Cross, even soup kitchens. Broad­en­ing your per­spec­tive will help you in your even­tual field. Stu­dents need to forge their own path and de­velop a clear vi­sion. Con­sider pay­ing your way to Africa or other coun­tries to gain the un­der­stand­ing you need.”

In 2001, Eleni was part of an In­ter­na­tional med­i­cal team cho­sen to go to Africa to deal with an epi­demic of the ebola virus. “I was so ex­cited to be asked I did not think about the dan­ger. I had 48 hours no­tice to go so I was busy with pass­ports, vac­ci­na­tions, etc. For me, this was the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence! When I got on the plane, I started to read about ebola, then I fi­nally started to get a bit scared. When I landed in Gabon, the team on the ground were ex­cel­lent in pre­par­ing us. We could not touch each other even though we were not in­fected. Ev­ery pre­cau­tion was taken. Not touch­ing one an­other was very hard for the people of Gabon as they are very af­fec­tion­ate with one an­other”.

Eleni lives in Van­cou­ver with her hus­band and two girls aged 5 and 2. She

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.