Nouvelles de la Centrale
The prize was awarded during Wednesday night, June 29th, during an event at La Centrale and includes a 5000$ bursary along with the opportunity to do an artist talk. Aude Moreau - preselected by a jury composed of Anne Bertrand, Valérie Blass, Monika Kin Gagnon, Isa Tousignant and Sarah Watson, received a majority vote from La Centrale’s members; this is what the jury had to say about the artist :
« Moreau consistently creates monumental contextual works with a unique poetic sensitivity and power. Her multi-disciplinary practice is notable for ambitious pieces including her sugar carpets (Tapis de sucre), presented at the Orange festival in Sainte-Hyacinthe and Montreal’s Fonderie Darling, and Sortir, her intervention at the Montreal Stock Exchange within the context of the 2010 Nuit Blanche à Montréal, captured on video from a helicopter. The grandiose nature of her projects and audacious statements made by them don’t imply that she trades on the flash appeal of the spectacle, her interventions are calculated and remain anchored in a critical discourse. Increasingly, recent works have involved negotiations with non-artists (projects like Sortir and Tirer le Ciel), which adds another layer of complexity to an already rich practice. The committee feels that Moreau’s commitment to her art is absolute and deserves recognition – which she has yet to receive in a satisfactory way – at this critical stage in her career. »
Aude Moreau lives and works in Montreal. She completed a licence at the Université de Paris 8, before establishing herself in Quebec and pursuing her studies in scenography (1991). Since 2000, she has developped a body of work that combines her double background in scenography and visual arts. Her first solo exhibition in an artist-run centre was Le fil d’Ariane that she presented in 2000 at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse.
To read the jury’s texts on the 2 other finalists, Marie-Claude Bouthillier and Marie-France Brière, please follow this link.
The PRIX POWERHOUSE is an award celebrating women* artists who, having reached or passed the mid-stage in their career, continue to contribute in a significant and sustained way to the cultural life of Montréal. The purpose of the prize is to recognise and honour an individual artist of unique vision who pursues her practice with determination and without compromise. The award fits within the mandate of La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, an artist-run centre committed to providing a platform for practices grounded in feminist discourse, gender theory, cultural diversity and multidisciplinarity.
La Centrale would like to recognise the generous contribution of an anonymous donor who has made this prize possible, as well as thank the members of La Centrale, nominated artists and everyone who participated in this first edition of the Prix Powerhouse.
*Women and self-identified women.