New Exhibition at Foreman Gallery

Racetrack Superstar Ghost 2011LENNOXVILLE: The Foreman Art Gallery (Bishop’s University) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the work of visual and media artist Myriam Yates as part of the New Voices exhibition series, which combines video projections produced between 2005 and 2013. Often presented in diptychs or as a series, Yates’ work addresses questions that relate to public space, modernity and the ways in which images are produced. Yates is particularly interested in recreational areas and gathering places, especially those that are obsolete or in the process of disappearing, where new ties are being forged between people, modernity and architecture.

The video installations featured in this exhibition include Racetrack Superstar Ghost (2011), Amphithéâtre (2010), A Space Between Mirrors (2010) and Occupants (2005), which document the shifting reality of a modern icon, the Hippodrome de Montréal, formerly one of the most important monuments of horse racing in North America. These installations demonstrate the building’s former glory, transformation throughout the years, and its gradual abandonment. These four videos are accompanied by the artist’s newest work, Mirage (2013), a video investigating the deserted Montréal-Mirabel International Airport.

Artist Biography: Visual artist Myriam Yates’ photography-and-video-based experience leans towards a documentary approach, exploring the tenuous relationship between public and private space, following the shifting relationship between architecture and its inhabitants. Based in the Eastern Townships for the past four years, Yates’ holds two BFAs and an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Her work has been shown at events such as Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival (2013), Kassel Dokfest (Kassel, Germany, 2012), Images Festival (Toronto, 2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2007), Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (2007, 2012, 2013) and the Regina Festival of Cinematic Arts (2005). It has also been featured in individual and collective exhibitions: a duo show at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (NY, 2012), The Québec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), Optica Centre for Contemporary Art (Montréal, 2009), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montréal, 2003) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, 2001).

In 2005, she attended the Banff Centre where she participated in the IntraNation thematic residency program. Prizewinner of the Cyberpitch contest (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal 2004), she has also presented at the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute’s Interactive Screen lectures and has just completed a video triptych for the Cirque du Soleil headquarters in Montréal. She also works as the programming coordinator of Sporobole, a centre for contemporary art in Sherbrooke (Québec). Her work is included in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin law firm.

Free admission: Tuesday to Saturday, from 12p.m. to 5:00 pm (and evenings of presentations at Centennial Theatre), official launch September 11, 2013. This project is organized as part of the 4th edition of the biennial event Espace [im] media and produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and funded with help from the Canada Council for the Arts. The Foreman Art Gallery is located at 2600 College St., Sherbrooke (Lennoxville): 819-822-9600, ext. 2260 and