Last week, Claude Gosselin, general and art director of the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal (CIAC), and members of its board of directors announced the appointment of Nicole Gingras as general and artistic director of La Biennale de Montréal. The organization also announced Peggy Gale and Gregory Burke as curators of the 2013 event.
It was a significant passing of the torch, as Gosselin has directed the Biennale de Montréal since its inception in 1996.
Gingras curated the sixth Manif d’art de Québec as well as the first two editions of Le Mois de la Photo à Montreal, and she has been a programmer at Festival international du film sur l’art de Montréal (FIFA) since 2003.
Gale has been an independent curator and critic in Toronto since the mid 1970s, and organized many exhibitions including the inaugural Biennale of the Moving Image in Madrid in 1990 and “Analogue: Pioneering Video from the UK, Canada and Poland 1968-88,” which toured from 2006 to 2008.
Burke was director of the Power Plant in Toronto from 2005 to 2011 and is currently a freelance curator, writer and museum consultant based in Toronto and New York. He was also director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand from 1998 to 2005.
Under the theme “L’avenir – (looking forward),” the curators say they will focus the 2013 biennial on “speculation and the history and currency of projecting into the future in relationship to recent developments in contemporary art.”