PHI Residencies — MONTREAL is a 60-day production residency that offers 5 artists based in the Greater Montreal area the opportunity to make new work that responds to a curatorial theme based on current questions, ideas, and issues. Whether it is an installation, visual art, sculpture, media art, or otherwise, the artworks produced will be presented in a group exhibition at PHI Foundation for contemporary art in September 2021. One cohort of five artists will be selected per year and will work under the support and guidance of PHI curatorial, technical, and production staff.
Officially launched two months ago, the PHI MONTREAL residency is now ready to move on to its next phase: the presentation of the inspiring works created by the selected residents!
Starting September 22 at the PHI Foundation, the group exhibition features works produced by the five participants of this edition, kimura byol-nathalie lemoine, Salima Punjani, Dominique Sirois, Santiago Tamayo Soler, and Karen Trask. Their projects were created in response to a theme inspired by science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin.
Explore the group exhibition … and room in the bag of stars, featuring multiple formal and conceptual approaches by the artists of the PHI MONTREAL residency. Presented at the PHI Foundation from September 22 to January 9, 2022.
> kimura byol-nathalie lemoine
kimura byol-nathalie lemoine is a conceptual multimedia feminist artist and curator who questions binanries and perceptions of identities—diaspora, ethnicity, colorism, post-colonialism, immigration, gender—through calligraphy, painting, poetry, digital and video, and collaborative practice.
> Salima Punjani
Salima Punjani is a multisensory artist grounded in relational aesthetics. She is particularly interested in how multiple senses can be used to expand the possibilities for people to feel welcome in art spaces as well as to create artful experiences of empathy, intimacy, and connection.
> Dominique Sirois
Dominique Sirois' artistic practice takes the form of multidisciplinary installations, playing with materializations of exhibition devices through ceramics and printed images. Sirois deploys narrative devices throughout her installations using economic, archaeological, mythological, technological, and mineralogical references.
> Santiago Tamayo Soler
Santiago Tamayo Soler is an interdisciplinary artist working mainly in video and performance. Interested in fiction/nonfiction, narrative devices, and live action, Tamayo Soler overlays digital footage and modified video games to create pixelated universes home to Latin American, immigrant, queer stories of a radical futuristic fantasy.
> Karen Trask
Karen Trask is known for her explorations of language and innovative use of paper, whose works include installations, artist-books, videos, and performances. Trask’s multimedia work has been exhibited in Quebec, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Japan.
THE SELECTION COMMITTEE
Daniel Fiset, Adjunct Curator — Engagement, PHI Foundation
George Fok, Creative Director — PHI Centre
Dayna McLeod, Artist
Nico Williams, Artist
Cheryl Sim, Managing Director and Curator — PHI Foundation
Marika Shaw, Senior Advisor and Residencies Lead — PHI