February 1, 2016

Photos | February 4, 2016
From the McGill BDS 1/4/2016 press release: There has been an international movement on university campuses, most notably in the United States, Canada, and the UK, of concerned students and faculty putting pressure on their institutions to cut ties with companies that profit from the illegal Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories and from settlement expansion within those territories. Today, McGill joins this movement. The McGill BDS Action Network is a network of individuals and organizations at McGill who are working to answer the call from Palestinian civil society for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel until it “meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by: 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.” It is our responsibility to show the international community that McGill students cannot accept our institution's complicity with Israel’s settler colonialism and apartheid, continued violence against Palestinians, and blatant disregard for Palestinian human rights. There is a precedent of McGill divesting from corporations complicit in human rights violations – in the 1980s, student initiatives and mobilization resulted in McGill divesting from apartheid South Africa. As allies to Palestinians, it is our moral obligation to answer the call for BDS by Palestinian civil society. We are bringing a motion to the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) General Assembly on February 22 to call on SSMU to lend its full support to any BDS campaigns on campus, and to lobby the McGill Board of Governors to divest from corporations complicit in the occupation of the Palestinian territories. We will also submit a report to McGill’s Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) to recommend the Board of Governors divest from four companies (G4S, L-3 Communications Inc., Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, and Re/Max) whose business activities in the occupied Palestinian territories cause clear social injury and violate international law. We call on the McGill community to stand against oppression, and to stand for justice in Palestine.
Photos | January 29, 2016
From their website: In 1993, curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier imagined an exhibition that could constantly generate new versions of itself. To test the idea, they invited 12 artists to propose artworks based on written instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they are presented. The instructions were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally between 1994 and 1996. Since then, more than 400 artists have taken part in the project in over 30 countries, giving new meaning to the concept of an exhibition in progress. Nowadays, the project circulates in the form of a book, do it: the compendium, an anthology comprising 250 instructions, published in 2012. For each incarnation, the host institution is responsible for making a selection from this anthology and coordinating the interpretations. That flexibility provides not only variations among versions of the same work, but also the emergence of a new set, a new configuration whose uniqueness is directly related to the specific context where do it is (re)deployed. The Montreal edition of do it includes 60 instructions from the book do it: the compendium, in addition to 10 exclusive instructions developed by Quebecois artists, choreographers, authors or playwrights. 14 artists and collectives were also invited to interpret the instructions of other artists. The project is presented in three spaces: in the Galerie de l’UQAM, on campus and off campus (in a “take-out” version). Several mediation activities are planned for the Galerie and on the campus, calling on visitors to get involved in interpreting the works. The public will be encouraged to share their contributions via social media with the hashtag #doitmtl . The evening of the opening and the events of January 27 and February 3, 2016 will be an opportunity to watch artists in action interpreting some of the instructions: Danièle Desnoyers, Adam Kinner, Christian Lapointe, Rodolphe-Yves Lapointe, Thierry Marceau, Alexis O'Hara, Pour ici ou pour s’emporter, Françoise Sullivan and Wants & Needs Dance. For this version of do it, the Galerie de l'UQAM has given curator Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau the task of selecting the works (instructions) and inviting artists to rethink the functions and codes of the exhibition in order to investigate their role in the production of knowledge in the arts. She wants to prompt reflection on curation, new approaches to museology and alternative art discourse and spaces. do it Montréal questions museum institutions by re-examining their political and social engagement as well as their embedding in the broader contemporary art system.
Photos | January 21, 2016
The Echo Game is a gallery of student art on display at Fofa Gallery January 11-February 19.

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