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Chantal Pontbriand

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Chantal Pontbriand
is a contemporary art curator, critic, and art consultant, whose work is based on the exploration of questions of globalization and artistic heterogeneity. She has curated numerous international contemporary art events: exhibitions, international festivals and international conferences, mainly in photography, video, performance, dance and multimedia installation.

She was a founder of PARACHUTE contemporary art magazine in 1975 and acted as publisher/editor until 2007, publishing 125 issues. After curating several major performance events and festivals, she co-founded the FIND (Festival International de Nouvelle Danse), in Montreal and was president and director from 1982 to 2003. She was appointed Head of Exhibition Research and Development at Tate Modern in London in 2010 and founded PONTBRIAND W.O.R.K.S. [We_Others and Myself_Research_ Knowledge_Systems] in 2012. In 2015-2016, she worked on the  development of Demo-Graphics for the Greater Toronto Area, and, briefly as CEO-Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto. She is currently developping SPHERE(S), a new type of international art event based in Montreal, and writing a book titled EXIL(E], migration and aesthetics.
In 2013, she received the Governor General of Canada Award for an Outstanding Contribution in the Visual and Media Arts, in 2014, an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, and the distinction of Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres in France (Officer of the Arts and Letters Order of France).

Most recent exhibitions : I See Words, I Hear Voices, Dora Garcia, The Power Plant, Toronto, Mark Lewis Above and Below, Le Bal, Paris, 2015; PER/FORM : How To Do Things with[out] Words, CA2M, Madrid, The Yvonne Rainer Project, Jeu de Paume, Centre d’art de la Ferme du Buisson, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Photography performs: The Body as the Archive, Centre de photographie d’Île-de-France (CPIF), co-curated with Agency, Dora Garcia, Of Crimes and Dreams, Darling Foundry, Montreal, 2014, Higher Powers Command, Lhoist Collection, 2010; HF|RG [Harun Farocki|Rodney Graham], Jeu de Paume, Paris 2009. Recent publications : Mutations, Perspectives on Photography, Steidl/Paris Photo, 2011 ; The Contemporary, The Common : Art in A Globalizing World, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013; PER/FORM : How To Do Things with[out] Words, CA2M/Sternberg Press, Madrid/Berlin, 2014; PARACHUTE : The Anthology, JRP/Ringier, Zurich, 2012-2015 (4 Volumes.)

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