Artexte hosts
Documents d’artistes

June 7 to 10, 2005
At Optica gallery
372 Sainte-Catherine St. West (room 508)
Exhibition and consultation

Open to the public from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the presence of the coordinators of the Marseilles-based art documentation centre Documents d’artistes

For this special event, Artexte is joining forces with the Marseilles-based group Documents d’artistes and encouraging the public to come and get acquainted with its database on contemporary art. Over a period of four days, visitors to Montreal’s Optica Gallery will be able to peruse artists’ files, Web resources and multiple by artists from the
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region of France.
The coordinators of Documents d’artistes will also be on hand to discuss their activities.
This event, an important one for Artexte, is intended to familiarize the public with various means of documenting
and disseminating information on art. To place what we
do in perspective, we have invited two curators to present
their own work and to extend the scope of our discussion
by generating numerous points of contact and convergence,
the common goal of which is to disseminate information on art knowledge and practice.


Wednesday, June 8, 5:30 p.m.
Jean-Claude Rochefort on the production of print and multimedia documents on the work of Raymonde April

Jean-Claude Rochefort operated a gallery from 1986 to 1999. As an art critic, he has contributed to the newspaper Le Devoir (2001-04) and the magazine Spirale. Since September 2004, he has served as the curator of bifurcation, a travelling exhibition of the work of Raymonde April, winner of the 2003 Paul-Émile Borduas Prize. He also recently designed a virtual tour of April’s work for Vox, a centre in Montreal devoted to contemporary images. Rochefort holds an interdisciplinary doctorate in art study and practice from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). He is presently at work setting up the Centre Art, Nature et Paysage in Saint-Hilarion-de-Charlevoix.

Thursday, June 9, 5:30 p.m.
Presentation devoted to Documents d’artistes and its guest artist, Sandrine Raquin

Documents d’artistes was set up in 1999 by Christine Finizio and Marceline Matheron. Olivier Baudevin joined them the following year. Marine Quiniou is a regular contributor. Christine and Marceline coordinate Documents d’artistes, build up its collection of documents and see to their dissemination. Olivier and Marine, who work as webmasters, put together the information packages on artists and maintain the organization’s web site, which has already been online for five years.
In January 2005, a documentation centre opened at the Friche la Belle de Mai in Marseille.
Sandrine Raquin lives and works in Marseilles. Her body of work, which comprises drawings, paintings, photographs and videos, could be compared to the output of a small industry that keeps breaking records and going into the most surprising corners of daily life in a search for meanings and relations that fall outside those normally encountered in the world. Raquin is also the driving force behind the creation of the association Astérides, which was set up in 1992.
Friday, June 10, 5:30 p.m.
Marie Fraser on questions of exhibition research and curatorship

In recent years, art historian and independent curator Marie Fraser has developed an interest in the question of narrative and urban experience, and has dealt with the concepts of public and private space, identity, memory and community, among others. As an independent curator, she has organized numerous exhibitions in public spaces. These include
La demeure (2002), Gestes d’artistes / Artists’ Gestures (2001) and Sur l’expérience de la ville/On Experiencing the City (1997) for Montreal’s Optica Gallery. She curated the exhibition Le ludique (2001), shown at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Lille Métropole, France, in 2003. She is currently preparing an exhibition entitled raconte-moi / tell me, to be presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and at the Casino Luxembourg—Forum d’art contemporain.

This special activity is made possible with the generosity
of Optica.
It also benefits from the franco-québécoise permenant agreement, AFAA, the Paca Region and DRAC Paca.

Manifestation internationale
d’art de Québec

On June 3, 2005, Documents d’artistes will also put in an appearance in Québec City’s Galerie Rouje during the Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec.

Documents d'artistes visits Artexte
by John Latour, MOQDOC, n°15, november 2005, Montréal