to April 7, 2024
To mark the occasion, the festival will be looking at how artists position themselves within their environment, and will be showcasing over forty local and international artists whose work is rooted in a social and environmental perspective.
Environnement Entends-tu? (Environnement Can you hear?)
Can you hear the echo of nature as it derails and falters in the midst of a world in full reconfiguration? Do you hear the forest burning and the turmoil of both human and non-human beings that depend on it? Do you hear life resisting amid adversity and the voices of those who, despite trials, persist in celebrating it? For its 16th edition, the Art Souterrain Festival aims to renew perspectives and incite new discussions regarding the myriad connections between artistic creation and the environment.
Sonia Robertson and Heather Davis, the festival’s co-curators, converge their perspectives to propose ecological and sensitive alternatives across various mediums and artistic practices. These invite reflection on the links between climate justice and social inequalities, to consider the impact of our lifestyles, and to open up to Indigenous perspectives on the environment and our relationship to the land. To trascend mere declarations of intent and fully engage with the raised issues, the presented works are supported by a range of actions and practices, transforming the festival into a true ecological art laboratory. The aim is to rethink the very format of the exhibition in light of the current climate crisis.
The result is a rich journey through the underground spaces of downtown Montreal, where multiple viewpoints intersect, bearing witness to the diversity of life and sketching out new ways to care for our relationship to the world around us.
“How do we live in a world that is damaged, while paying attention to the beauty, love, and care that is still here? The artists in this series foreground environmental justice, queer ecology, and speculative futurity to imagine how to persist, stubbornly refusing to give up on better worlds, forged in the aftermath of colonial climates.”
– Heather Davis, co-curators of the festival
“For us, the First Nations, the environment is not a concept but a way of life. With it, we maintain a relationship imbued with respect, an equal-to-equal connection. Nuhtshimitsh (In the forest) is our general store where we find our food, remedies, and tools. It’s where we share our culture, our history, our atalukana (legends). It is in the forest that we exist.”
– Sonia Robertson, co-curators of the festival
Catherine Boisvenue Ménard
Courtney Desiree Morris
Imani Jacqueline Brown
Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez
MAHKU (Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin)
The full program of the Art Souterrain Festival will be revealed in February 2024.
Actress and spokesperson for the 2024 Art Souterrain Festival
“I discovered the festival last year during an exhibition tour and was struck by the creative boldness of the artists behind each work. Being the spokesperson for this new edition is a way for me to nourish my passion for arts and design through a unique artistic experience, in addition to supporting the artists and their innovative visions that contribute to the renown of the Festival Art Souterrain.”
– Karine Gonthier-Hyndman
Karine Gonthier-Hyndman stands out in a multitude of theatre roles, going back to more than a decade ago. Whether we think of Queue cerise (Olivier Morin) and Tocate et Fugue (Florent Siaud) at the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Le songe d’une nuit d’été (Frédéric Bélanger) at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, or of Le Roman de Monsieur Molière (Lorraine Pintal) on the TNM stage, the myriad of projects in which she chooses to involve herself in shows her versatility, as well as her passion for creation. We have also had the pleasure to see her in Le Faiseur (Alice Ronfard) at the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Limbo (Amélie Dallaire) at the Écuries Theatre and at Usine C for the play Atteintes à sa vie (Philippe Cyr).
On TV, Karine has accumulated roles in different productions such as Toi & Moi II, Les beaux malaises, and Nouvelle Adresse which allowed a broader audience to get to know her talents. From 2016 to 2018, she earned nominations from the Gémeaux Prize for her brilliant interpretation of Élizabeth in Les Simone («Best female supporting role : comedy»). She will also be nominated four years in a row (2016-2020) for Like-moi («Best performance : comedy»). She finally wins, along with her teams, the Gémeaux Prize in 2018 and 2020 (Like-moi) and in 2021 with Entre deux draps.
In 2019, Karine takes on the role of the unforgettable Alexandra, in Les invisibles, under the direction of Alexis Durant-Brault on TVA. Since 2020, she embodies Micheline, girlfriend of Patrice Robitaille aka Serge, in the outstanding series C’est comme ça que je t’aime from the creators of Série Noire, on Radio-Canada. We can also see her in Patrick Sénécal présente on the Club Illico, Chouchou on Noovo, Sans-Rendez-vous and Avant le crash on Radio-Canada.
On the big screen, she is part of the casts of Trip à trois by Nicolas Monette and Charlotte Le Bon’s Falcon Lake. Her role in the short film Frimas by Marianne Farley allowed her to take part in the 2022 Oscars.