Since 2005, VOX’s programming has strived to challenge the conceptual paradigms at work in the practices of image making from the 1960s to today. VOX has organized many anthological exhibitions that have contributed to a deeper understanding of various artists from different backgrounds and generations. Thematic exhibitions have also established a transhistorical dialogue between the practices of Quebec artists and artists on the national and international scene. Future projects will be developed following these concerns.
Exhibitions as Critical Institution
While exhibitions produced by curators are frequently the subject of study, such is rarely the case for those organized by artists, despite the fundamental role they play in terms of experimentation with innovative forms, openness to other disciplines, and creative relationships established with audiences. Today, how can we reposition the artist at the centre of this conversation and, in turn, help advance knowledge of the subject?
In charting the future development of our programming, we will extend that work, as well as account for various currents of critical thinking in an effort to understand our world today. Since 2012, through a program of exhibitions and conferences, we have been working to implement a new axis of research that investigates the systemic effects of globalization, post-colonialism, economics and politics by analysing them from the perspective of their impacts on society and the art world.
Since 2005, we have been producing retrospective exhibitions that have helped to write new chapters in Quebec and Canadian art history. This work has enabled us to revisit the conceptual practices of N.E. Thing Co., Bill Vazan, Raymond Gervais and Irene F. Whittome. We will continue to mount similar projects that explore the little-known aspects of artists’ work.