PRIX POWERHOUSEHOUSE PRIZE 2018 // Victoria Stanton & Helena Martin Franco

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Presents:
the PRIX POWERHOUSE PRIZE 2018
•••Residency/Exhibition: Nov 9 – Dec 7, 2018
•••Award Ceremony & Opening: November 16, 6pm to 9pm
•••Performance Series: Several dates, see details below
La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
4296 blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal
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I am thrilled and filled with gratitude to have been selected as one of two recipients of the PRIX POWERHOUSE PRIZE 2018 – an award being shared with the amazing artist, Helena Martin Franco.

From the La Centrale website:
“The winners of the 2018 Powerhouse Award were chosen through consensus by members of the jury following animated deliberations on the thirty-four nomination files under consideration. The discussions were guided by a genuine spirit of openness and sharing of diverse perspectives, grounded in the dedication of its members. This openness of process and dialogue needs to be highlighted, thanks to the diversity of perspectives and practices within the jury. Our choice fell on two ambitious artists who, while being active in their community for a long time, contribute decisively to an art form still marginalized by institutions. In this respect, we have not opted for obscure artists, but rather for true fighters of a certain caliber whose commitment to their artistic practice and community is without question and deserves today to be honored. Let us also mention that this process of deliberation has, over the years, allowed us to discover artists with extraordinarily rich practices and expand our knowledge of the work of several others. It is safe to say that our critical reflections in choosing the artists for this award will have an impact on the direction of future programming in contexts other than this one, the La Centrale Powerhouse initiative being fundamental to the ecology of Montreal’s visual arts community.”

With this wonderful award comes the opportunity to have an exhibition. In thinking about the work I would like to show in the gallery I came to the conclusion that what would align the most with my practice would be to undertake a performative/relational/durational engagement with the space. And to do so through honouring the people who have been instrumental in some form or other for having helped me to become an artist and devote my life’s work to my performance art/life practice: mentors, influences, inspirations, collaborators (or a combination of all of these). The list is long but I have narrowed it down. The result will be a series of public presentations in the gallery (address above) over the course of the exhibition: individual performative encounters in the form of one-on-one exchanges – whether performances, conversations, silences, participatory actions, or an interweaving thereof.

I am delighted then, to welcome these special guests on the following dates:

Tues, Nov 20: 5 to 7 in performance with Louise Dubreuil
Thurs, Nov 22: 5 to 7 in performative dialogue with Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood
Sun, Nov 25: 3 to 5 in performance with Sylvie Tourangeau
Wed, Nov 28: 5 to 7 in dialogic performance with Jacob Wren
Fri, Nov 30: 5 to 7 in performative dialogue with Kathryn Presner & Bob Presner
Sun, Dec 2: 3 to 5 in performative process with Sylvie Cotton
Tues, Dec 4: 5 to 7 in performance with Nathalie Derome
Thurs, Dec 6: 5 to 7 in walking performance with karen elaine spencer (starting at gallery)
Nov 16 – Dec 7: (ongoing) performance instructions with Linda Mary Montano

AND

Helena Martin Franco and I will be occupying the gallery for the entirety of this time and so will plan to perform collaborative actions and engage in performative dialogues as well. More dates to be announced but basically you can come by the gallery anytime during opening hours over the course of our creative residency starting Nov 9 right through to the end of the expo and likely find us there!