Actors, Networks, Theories / D'un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant
About the Book
In the first part of the publication, Bonin explores the assimilation of writings by French philosophers in English-speaking visual arts milieus from the late 1970s until today. This trajectory has been mapped in an indexical manner by alluding to the network of institutions and communities of elective affinities that intercepted these texts and recycled them. In the second part, the narrative of North American imports of French Theory” takes a different tack, highlighting the ways in which artists, critics, theorists and curators graft affect onto the transmission of these discourses and references. Collaborationwhile not suspending the power relations that exist between these aforementioned protagonistshas become a means to safeguard the concept of autonomy within the heteronomous field of art.
The book thoughtfully engages with discourses surrounding contemporary art practices, and includes work by significant artists such as Jean-Luc Godard, Ian Wallace, Bernadette Corporation and Mary Kelly. Actors, networks, theories / D'un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant accompanies a major exhibition presented at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery of Concordia University, and also at Dazibao, curated by Vincent Bonin.
Published in partnership with Dazibao and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery.
About the Book
France Choinière : Director at Dazibao, Montréal, Canada.
Michèle Thériault: Curator, writer and editor and is currently Director of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada. She has developed a program that reflects upon contemporary artistic production and curatorial activity in relation to the recent history of contemporary art.
Evergon (aka Celluloso Evergoni, Egon Brut, Eve R. Gonzales) is a Canadian artist.
He was born Albert Lunt in 1946 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the early 1970s. Throughout his career his work has used the medium of photography and photo-collage.
Major themes in his work include personal sexuality, gender construction, aging, and body image. His work frequently includes art historical references and questions accepted interpretation of certain canonical art. He was among the artists of the 1960s and 1970s who reacted against of the conventions of studio photography established through the post-World War II period. He has had over a thousand shows in Canada and internationally.
Evergon currently lives and works in Montreal and teaches at Concordia University.