Art & Anarchy brings together the creations of anarchist-inspired artists and organizers. This year’s exhibition will include sculptures, paintings, posters, banners, drawings, and other multi-media forms. There will be more than 10 individual presentations during Art & Anarchy.
Art & Anarchy will be displayed over two days at the CEDA, an adult education centre in Montreal’s southwest. The various exhibits of Art & Anarchy can be viewed on the stairwells and the entire 3rd floor, which will be transformed into an exhibition of our collective creativity and resistance. We encourage all Bookfair participants to venture to the 3rd floor and the stairwells to take a look at the different pieces and elements that comprise Art & Anarchy.
Artists and Presentations:
- Beehive Design Collective — original banners and posters
- Antoine Cloutier-Bélisle — mixed media
- Karen Boyles — drawing
- Barbara Mendoza Denis — performance
- Sam Ectoplasm — drawings
- Nidal Elkhairy — paper & poster reproductions
- Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative — hand-produced prints
- Tournesol Plante — paintings
- Ben Stewart-Smith – ink drawing
- Shannon Willmott – acrylic on canvass
- Bookfair Poster(s) 2011
- Poster Retrospective: 11 Years of Bookfair Anarchy in Montreal (2000-2010)
More information below …
original banners and posters
This year’s Bookfair again features original banners and posters by the Beehive Collective, including “Free Trade Area of the Americas”, “Plan Colombia”, “The True Cost of Coal” as well as recent works and surprises.
The Beehive Collective has gained international recognition for its ‘graphics campaigns’ illustrating the interconnections between corporate globalization, poverty, histories of colonization and resistance. The Hive has evolved a unique approach to ‘cross-pollinating the grassroots’ by building campaigns around graphics and using them to engage audiences. The all-volunteer Beehive has its home base in Eastern Maine since. Bees in Toronto are currently designing graphics and workshops focused on the G8/G20 Summits in June 2010. All our work is anti-copyright. Info: www.beehivecollective.org
This work, through the use of fake medical documents, tells the story of different objects used for office work. In breaking with the life trajectory of these objects, it is now possible for them to become the main agents of their artistic existence.
Through a multidisciplinary practice, Antoine Cloutier-Bélisle projects, out of banality, everyday objects and reveals their beauty, their fragility and their humanity. In doing so, he aims to provoke a larger questioning of the ways our society works.
The work explores the notion and perpetration of the violence of scale. Embodied in distopic landscapes, consumption, mass production, the relentless exploitation of the natural world, the work expresses the violence of scale and the culture of alienation it engenders.
Karen Boyles is a Montreal-based artist, woodworker and organic grower who is hell-bent on creating art that means something in an apathetic art world.
performance with card paper made by the artist
A performance within the Art & Anarchy exhibition where I sign autographs in order to question ideas of identity. By questioning my celebrity, I look at the hierarchy that classes individuals.
Barbara Mendoza Denis expresses, through careful works, her revolt and desire to open up horizons and borders. She produces seductive and meaningful pieces in order to bring the spectator to question their own well-being and their position as a social actor.
Sister Bike / I don’t give a fuck / Kool Thing / L’Idole des connes / Shewolf
An illustrator, fashion designer and French zinester, Ectoplasm designs feminine icons in Chinese ink and think pastels. He work, a mix of punk and urban references, questions feminity, its yokes and its paradoxes.
paper & poster reproductions
This year’s Art & Anarchy exhibition features colour and black&white paper poster reproductions of original artwork by Nidal Elkhairy. Nidal’s artwork touches on themes ranging from Palestinian displacement and resistance, critiques of American imperialism and dictatorial Arab regimes, migrant justice, indigenous solidarity, and more. Throughout the recent Middle East uprising, Nidal produced original images that provided and insightful critiques of current events. His work is rooted deeply in the inherent dignity of human survival and resistance.
Nidal Elkhairy is a Palestinian artist based in Amman, Jordan. He lived and organized in Montreal for four years before moving back to the Middle East in 2006. His art practice is based in disciplines and techniques such as drawing, stencil, illustration, comics and muralism. His work has been featured in art spaces and websites such as Electronic Intifada, in newspapers such as Al Akhbar and Ak Safeer in Lebanon, as well as on a Noam Chomsky book cover. He has participated in group shows such as Artists Against the Israeli Occupation, in both Montreal and Tokyo, as well at Caracas, Toronto, Beirut and Amman. Info: http://nidalelkhairy.blogspot.com/ and http://www.nidal48.net
RESOURCED is a portfolio of hand-produced prints organized and created by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative in 2010. It focuses on resource extraction and climate issues, and includes 26 artist prints. Info: justseeds.org/resourced /
Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative is a decentralized network of 26 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social and political stance. With members working from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Justseeds operates both as a unified collaboration of similarly-minded printmakers and as a loose collection of creative individuals with unique viewpoints and working methods. We believe in the transformative power of personal expression in concert with collective action. Info: justseeds.org
Peintures par Tournesol Plante
paintings on collage and canvass with mixed mediums and recycled materials
Les impératifs économiques nous mèneront à la guerre / 40 Heures Semaine / Ma ville, mes chairs
Tournesol Plante, a painter but also a sculptor, creates dense and textured canvasses of industrial and urban landscapes, describing a society on the road to consumption, misery and war.
Guy-André Kieffer is a chaotic visual representation of the hidden elements of modern production. The ink drawing is named after the French-Canadian journalist who was kidnapped in Côte d’Ivoire while working on a story critical of its government, thought to be a consequence of his investigation of the local cocoa trade.
acrylic on canvass
The subject of this painting is surveillance. Imprisonment, house arrest, street protest and support continue in the context of a well funded police state.
Shannon Willmott is an Ottawa based artist. She’ll be in Halifax at the Robert’s Street Social Centre at the end of May for her first ever Art Residency. Come visit her there on June 2nd to see what she’s working on.
This year’s poster and related images are designed by Benjamin Mege. Benjamin is an artist originally from Clermont-Ferrand, France now living and working in Montreal. Benjamin creates using diverse art forms, from graffiti and drawings, to music and video. For more info, consult his website: http://www.stereobnm.net/ Thank you to all artists and designers who submitted poster designs for consideration for this year’s Bookfair. All submitted designs are displayed at the Anarchist Bookfair as part of the Art & Anarchy exhibition.
From black cats to anarchist roses, trees and fists; a presentation of the last 11 years of Montreal Anarchist Bookfair posters.
A project by Christina Xydous and Jaggi Singh; other artists and designers include: Eric Drooker, Kristen Braun, Kandis Friesen and Jesse Purcell.