The Musée d’art actuel / Département des invisibles (MAADI) reveals interdisciplinary and intercultural artistic practices in contemporary art from Quebec and across Canada, including the plural ethnic make-up of society. A place of belonging, it aspires to celebrate the creative diversity of Montreal, Quebec and Canada, and seeks to facilitate encounters with immigrant and First Nations artists. It aims to contribute to the sharing of power in art institutions to democratize their authority and decolonize art’s historic narratives, notably through its collection. Artist Stanley Février is MAADI’s director and chief curator, and art historian Nuria Carton de Grammont is assistant to the director and curator.
Born to a Haitian mother and a German father, Marie La Vierge grew up in Montreal. An artist, committed activist and translator, she studied philosophy and anthropology. La Vierge founded the Association pour la protection des espaces verts de L'Île-Bizard and Solidarité Québec-Haïti. She is also co-founder of Solidarité NABRO, a group that supports an Anicinabe community in the Abitibi region that opposes deforestation. She has worked with GRIS-Montréal (Groupe de recherche et d'intervention sociale), which fights homophobia, and participated in the Black Lives Matter movement in New York. An anti-colonial anarchist, she has been working for the past 15 years with various Montreal groups and initiatives that combat capitalism, racism, colonialism, patriarchy and social injustice, and advocate for the preservation of nature, people and peoples. She is especially passionate about the political and social situation in Ayiti.
Born in Jakmel, Ayiti, Yonel Charles has been a professional choreographer, dancer, actor and singer for more than 23 years. He studied dance with Viviane Gauthier and the Ballet Folklorique d'Haïti, as well as drama at the National Theatre in Port-au-Prince. His choreographic style combines traditional Ayitian dance, contemporary dance and theatre. Over the years, he has participated in several international events, including the Karifiesta (Trinidad and Tobago), and every edition of the Ghetto Biennale since 2008 (Jakmel, Ayiti). Charles has also been an LGBTQ+ activist for more than 20 years. He founded the LGBTQ+ dance and theatre company Marasa Rak, which welcomes people who have been expelled from their families or from other schools. In addition, he manages Peace House (Pétion-ville), a shelter for LGBTQ+ people in distress. The shelter also serves as a company and school where Charles teaches performing arts, providing the young people with opportunities to express themselves, build their self-esteem and earn a living.
Eliza Olkinitskaya was born in Moscow and has lived in Montreal since 2012. With a bachelor's degree in visual and media arts from UQAM, she is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is at the crossroads of the visual arts, film and theatre. Olkinitskaya has exhibited at Galerie de l'UQAM, GHAM & DAFE, Magasin d'Arprim, a hands-on printmaking centre, and Maison de la culture Maisonneuve. In 2018, she participated in the Chantier de recherche sur l'image imprimée et photographique, a group residency at L'imprimerie, centre d'artistes. In 2019, she spent four months in the Moscow studio Tseh animatsii during a residency at Noise-anima Lab. The performance Voilà ce qui fait ce bruit, resulting from this residency, was presented at TSTI Fabrika (Moscow) in the winter of 2020.
Francisco Gonzalez-Rosas is a Chilean performance and new media artist. His practice combines performance, video, sound and installation, exploring questions of representation, gender, race, sexuality, digital culture and the use of technology. He holds a BA in acting (Finis Terrae University, Santiago, Chile) and an MFA in studio arts from Concordia University. His work has been exhibited in Italy, China, the US, Poland, Chile, Canada, Czech Republic and the UK.
Anahita Norouzi is originally from Tehran and now lives in Montreal. Her interdisciplinary practice includes installation, sculpture, photography and video. She holds university degrees in fine arts and French literature from Concordia University. For the past 10 years, she has frequently travelled between Iran and Canada to conduct research and pursue her work, which deals with problems of memory and identity from a psycho-historical perspective. She actively questions the dichotomous conditions that arise from her perspective as an Iranian citizen and distant observer of her culture of origin from Canada. Norouzi has participated in several solo and group exhibitions internationally. She has recently exhibited her work in Germany, Iran and Canada. She was a finalist for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Award, and her work has been exhibited at the Royal College of Art in London and in Dubai.