Born in Tel Aviv, multidisciplinary artist Adam Basanta lives and works in Montreal. He has a B.F.A. in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University, and an Interdisciplinary Research-Creation M.F.A. from Concordia University.
Basanta’s work explores technological practices as active, socially mediated performances distributed through a variety of human, cultural, material and computational means. Placing technologies in unconventional relationships, he aims to disrupt their conventional functions, giving machines a lifelike quality that forces reflection upon their role in our hybrid ecology.
Basanta’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland), National Art Center, Tokyo, and the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He has received the Japan Media Arts Prize (2016), the Aesthetica Art Prize (2017), and the Prix Pierre Ayot (2019). Basanta remains an active experimental composer and performer, presenting live performances and sound recordings worldwide.
Moridja Kitenge Banza
Born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, multidisciplinary artist Moridja Kitenge Banza lives and works in Montreal. He has degrees from l’Académie des beaux-arts de Kinshasa, l’École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole, and l’Université de La Rochelle.
Working in photography, film, performance and painting, Kitenge-Banza deliberately blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, history and memory, to explore hegemonic narratives and create spaces in which marginalized discourse can flourish.
His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Musée Dauphinois (Grenoble), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denmark), Biennale Internationale de Casablanca (Morocco), and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2020, his work will be included in group exhibitions at the Phi Foundation, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He received first prize at the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART in 2010, and will return to DAK’ART in 2020 as a guest curator of the Biennial.
Born in Haiti, Manuel Mathieu lives and works in Montreal. He has a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and an M.F.A. from Goldsmiths, University of London. A multidisciplinary artist, Mathieu is best known for his paintings, which explore themes of historical violence and erasure, as well as Haitian visual cultures of physicality, nature, and religious symbolism.
Combining abstract and figural idioms, Mathieu creates a unique visual language that is at once deeply rooted in Haiti’s transformative history, and universal in its exploration of the human condition. His evocative paintings allow space for a polyphonic reality that forgoes absolute truth and draws upon collective imagination.
His work has been exhibited in England, Belgium, the U.S., Spain, France, Morocco, and Martinique. In 2020, he will have a solo exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His work is also part of group exhibitions at Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal and at Centre Phi (Montreal).
Caroline Monnet is an Algonquin-French multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied Sociology and Communications at the University of Ottawa and the University of Granada (Spain), before pursuing a career in the visual arts and film.
Monnet’s practice is rooted in questions of identity and the complexities of intercultural communication. Her themes debunk preconceptions and stereotypes related to Indigenous peoples, featuring positive representations within a contemporary context and building bridges between communities.
Monnet’s work has been exhibited at venues including the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival (U.K.), Cannes Film Festival, Whitney Biennial (New York), Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal , Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff), and National Gallery of Canada.
In 2016, she was selected for the prestigious Cinéfondation (Paris). Upcoming exhibitions include the Shirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), and a solo show at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2020.
Born in Quebec, Sabrina Ratté is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes video, animation, installation, sculpture, audiovisual performance and prints. She has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the Film Department of Concordia University, as well as an M.A. in Cinema from the Université Paris 8.
Blending analog technologies, photography and 3D animation, Ratté’s practice investigates the unconscious influence of both digital and physical spaces on human subjectivity. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Laforet Museum Harajuku (Tokyo), Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Dolby Laboratories (San Francisco), Young Projects (Los Angeles), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), HeK (Basel), and Museum of the Moving Image (New York).
Ratté has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec.