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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