THE DETOURS OF THE POSSIBLE | International Exchanges Program
Artists: Aimée Burg | Julie Côté | Véronique Ducharme | Bang-Geul Han | Minna Pöllänen | Kathleen Schneider | Barbara Siegel | Catherine Tremblay
Saturday, October 20th to Saturday, November 24th, 2012
Opening : Saturday, October 20th at 5 p.m.
Round table discussion ” Comparative perspectives on the art world “: Saturday, November 3rd at 3 p.m.






Saturday, October 20th to Saturday, November 24th, 2012


ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ” Comparative perspectives on the art world ”

Saturday, November 3rd at 3 p.m.



Natalie Chapdelaine, Arts and Business Project Manager at Conseil des arts de Montréal

Ève Lamoureux, Art History Professor at UQAM

Guillaume Sirois, PhD candidate in Art History and Communication studies at McGill University



Aimée Burg, Julie Côté, Véronique Ducharme, Bang-Geul Han,

Minna Pöllänen, Kathleen Schneider, Barbara Siegel, Catherine Tremblay

Curators: Saada El-Akhrass, Julie Lohnes, Marie-Josée Parent


Montréal/Brooklyn is a contemporary art event built on the meeting of the two cities. Eight Brooklyn-based organizations with eight Montréal art organizations along with a combination of forty artists, are participating in this project. Grouped into pairs, institutions from each side of the border have curated exhibits, where artworks from Montréal and Brooklyn-based artists truly engage with one another. The project was conceived as a round-trip between the two cities: beginning in Montréal in October 2012 and finishing in Brooklyn during January 2013. The exhibition launches Les Territoires’ International Exchange program.


In the context of this exchange, A.I.R. Gallery and Les Territoires collaborated to create The Detours of the Possible. This exhibition invites the public to unleash its imagination onto tales assembled by eight women artists. Each artist encourages us, the viewers, to participate in a universe made-up of micro-fictions. At times playful and tactile, but also contemplative and poetic, each work takes us from a private to a communal story through the objects and characters that inhabit each exhibit. The artists allow for the creation of new realities and the realization of utopian ideals permitting us to create meaning and make new sense of our lives.


These works develop a space where visitors may appropriate the artists’ stories through participating in them. The Detours of the Possible invites the viewer to enter an imaginary world that he/she can build and deconstruct as the hero in his/her own narrative. Acting as an extension of our reality, this imaginary place helps us live more poetically in the world.


Minna Pöllänen’s Transformable Platform for Detailed Landscape Viewing is installed on the Parterre of the Quartier des Spectacles on the corner of De Maisonneuve boulevard and St-Urbain street.


Supported by FRAME Visual Arts Finland.

Les Territoires was awarded the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Fiscal Sponsorship.