The Biennale de Montréal is pleased to announce the appointment of Sylvie Fortin as Executive and Artistic Director of La Biennale de Montréal – BNL MTL, beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
Sylvie Fortin will be responsible for the vision, strategic development and positioning of La Biennale de Montréal and will oversee its future editions, beginning with BNL MTL 2014. Fortin brings proven leadership, rigorous artistic vision and a unique combination of management experience, international connections, and media and publishing expertise to the Biennale de Montréal. She will move to Montréal from Kingston, where she has been Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University since last January. As Editor-in-Chief (2004–2007) and Executive Director/Editor (2007–2012) of ART PAPERS, she led the organization from a regional publication to a global thought leader. She was also Curator of the 5th Manif d’art in Quebec City (2010), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, 1996–2001), Program Coordinator at LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE (Quebec City, 1991–1994) and a long-term collaborator with OBORO (Montreal, 1994–2001). Her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies and periodicals.
Last April, La Biennale de Montréal and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MACM) announced a strategic partnership to co-produce future editions of BNL MTL. This innovative alliance between the Biennale de Montréal and MACM, Canada’s foremost institution dedicated solely to contemporary art, signals a heightened level of civic commitment to BNL MTL. It also casts its future editions in a new light, providing a solid foundation for BNL MTL’s continued growth, increased relevance and far-reaching collaborations with arts organizations in Montréal and beyond.
La Biennale de Montréal was founded in 1998. Its mission is to contribute to contemporary art discourse, to provide a platform for the exploration of innovative curatorial practices, to catalyze art production and to increase public awareness of contemporary art. It has thus far presented seven editions of its signature event, BNL MTL, which brings ambitious new projects by local, Canadian and international artists to Montréal residents and visitors.
BNL MTL 2014: L’avenir – (looking forward) October 9, 2014–January 5, 2015
Curated by Peggy Gale, Gregory Burke, Lesley Johnstone and Mark Lanctôt, BNL MTL 2014 is an invitation to revisit the future. This edition of the BNL MTL—L’avenir – (looking forward)—will futurize Montreal from October 9, 2014 to January 4, 2015. The list of participating artists and contributors will be announced in March 2014.
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