ARTS AND POLITICS
(April 23-29, 2020)
The question of territory and our way of appropriating it - symbolically and physically - was at the centre of the main exhibitions presented in the summer of 2018 at the Musée d'art de Joliette: Sunlight By Fireside by Kapwani Kiwanga and The Shape of Obus by Shannon Bool.
Each of the art practices is conceptually supported, yet Shannon Bool and Kapwani Kiwanga explore the material. Both translate their ideas by taking advantage of materials and processes - the gesture of repair (Kiwanga) or the superimposition of images (Bool) to overcome the rigidity of an imposed vision - that speak to us in ways other than words. Together, their exhibitions made us reflect on the multiple forms that power relations at the heart of the processes of colonization and decolonization, understood in the broadest sense, have taken and continue to take over time.
For this sixth week of Quarantined Museum, we invite you to open your creativity by reflecting on the relationship between arts and politics. How do you think art can shed light on the ways in which humans use their power (positively or negatively) over the world around them?