Environnement
entends-tu ?

From March 16
to April 7, 2024
Art Souterrain
Festival
Contemporary art exhibition

Festival

Curators
Artists
Program
Spokesperson
Environnement Entends-tu? will address the urgent issue of the environment and climate change, an irreversible situation that will lead the public to reflect on the future and rethink its relationship with the environment.
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.

Curators

Heather Davis

Heather Davis

“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

Sonia Robertson

Sonia Robertson

“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

Artists

Adam Basanta

Adam Basanta

Armando Cuspinera

Armando Cuspinera

Aude Moreau

Aude Moreau

Caitlin Berrigan

Caitlin Berrigan

Catherine Boisvenue Ménard

Catherine Boisvenue Ménard

Catherine Boivin

Catherine Boivin

Courtney Desiree Morris

Courtney Desiree Morris

Danica Olders

Danica Olders

David Uzochukwu

David Uzochukwu

Dayna Danger

Dayna Danger

DEAR CLIMATE

DEAR CLIMATE

Dominic Lafontaine

Dominic Lafontaine

Élizabeth LaPensée

Élizabeth LaPensée

Eruoma Awashish

Eruoma Awashish

France Trépanier

France Trépanier

Hannah Claus

Hannah Claus

Heather Davis

Heather Davis

Imani Jacqueline Brown

Imani Jacqueline Brown

Jacques Newashish

Jacques Newashish

Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez

Jezabeth Roca Gonzalez

Joséphine Bacon

Joséphine Bacon

Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Kelly Jazvac

Kelly Jazvac

Le Comité

Le Comité

Ludovic Boney

Ludovic Boney

MAHKU (Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin)

MAHKU (Movimento dos Artistas Huni Kuin)

Marie-Andrée Gill

Marie-Andrée Gill

micha cárdenas

micha cárdenas

Michel Huneault

Michel Huneault

Michelle Bui

Michelle Bui

Norval Morrisseau

Norval Morrisseau

Pat Kane

Pat Kane

Patricia Langevin

Patricia Langevin

Philippe Battikha

Philippe Battikha

Ravi Agarwal

Ravi Agarwal

Ryth Kesselring

Ryth Kesselring

Sammy Baloji

Sammy Baloji

SKOL

SKOL

Soleil Launière

Soleil Launière

Sonia Robertson

Sonia Robertson

Sophie Kurtness

Sophie Kurtness

Tania Willard

Tania Willard

Teresa Dorey

Teresa Dorey

Vincent Charlebois

Vincent Charlebois

The full program of the Art Souterrain Festival will be revealed in February 2024.

Spokesperson

Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, actrice et porte-parole du Festival Art Souterrain 2024

Karine Gonthier-Hyndman

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

Official
partners

Institutional partners

Patrimoine canadien - Canadian Heritage
Conseil des arts du Canada - Canada Council for the Arts
Gouvernement du Québec
En partenariat avec la Ville de Montréal
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Ville-Marie Montréal

Private partners

Nouveau Centre par Ivanhoé Cambridge
Montréal Centre-Ville
Tourisme Montréal

Diffusion partners

Westcliff
Allied
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Ivanhoé Cambridge
Édifice Jacques-Parizeau

Service partners

Le Comité
Paprika
Turgeon Lettrage
Publicité sauvage
Cinéma Public
Bières biologiques Boldwin

Medias partners

esse
Vie des arts

Cultural partners

Institut culturel italien de Montréal
Institut culturel du Mexique Montréal
Le Festival International du Film sur l'Art
Centre des arts actuels SKOL
Centre des arts actuels SKOL
Centre des arts actuels SKOL