Program 2020 | Papier

Program 2020

June 4-7
June 8-14
June 15-21

Watch the panel discussions from the 2020 edition of Papier Art Fair.

The realization of this educational program was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.

Panel discussions

Thursday, June 4


Canadian Art on the World Map

In English

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Artists from Canada continue to garner attention internationally, however their numbers are small compared to many other countries. With a marketplace that now includes the internet and an increased presence of fairs, how will our artists make their way into the world’s top collections and museums?

Moderated by: Clarence Epstein, Executive Director, Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation

Panelists: Jessica Bradley, Contemporary Art Consultant; Kitty Scott, Chief Curator, The National Gallery of Canada

Presented by Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation


Saturday, June 6


L’art contemporain, le parent pauvre des médias ?

In French

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A petition that circulated in early 2020 calling for better representation of the visual arts on Radio-Canada allowed us to examine the importance accorded to contemporary art in the media. What role should public media play in the transmission of culture? How can the media improve the quantity and quality of the content related to visual art? In what ways can we support multiple points of view on current events by making room for contemporary artists? What are some possible solutions to this lack of representation?

Moderated by: Benjamin J. Allard, cultural worker, producer and host of the radio program “atelier”

Panelists: Nicolas Mavrikakis, art critic, teacher, independent curator and artist; Dominique Toutant, Director, Galerie Division

Presented by AGAC


Sunday, June 7


Le devenir sensible des plantes

In French

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Recent years have seen a growing interest in botany and consequently, a considerable presence of plants in contemporary art practices. This prevalence reintroduces the question of the role of plants beyond their simple representation. At the same time, scientists have observed a definite increase in the extinction rate of plant species, symptomatic of climate change and capitalist extraction. Given the fragility of current biodiversity, we urgently need to reconsider our relationship to plants. How do plants help us to see the place of living things in society and art differently?

Moderated by: Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, art historian

Panelists: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, artists; Catherine Lescarbeau, artist; Bénédicte Ramade, art critic

Presented by Les éditions Esse