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Montréal Cité Bédé/Comic City

(Written 10 May 2007)

Missee Lee, Illustrated Map (Based on information provided by the -Swallows and Amazons), Arthur Ransome, 1941

Montréal Cité Bédé/Comic City
Richard Beaulieu (Richard Suicide)
Rupert Bottenberg
Hélène Brosseau
Andy Brown & Joe Ollmann
Billy Mavreas & Louis Rastelli
Michel Rabagliati

Curator: Meredith Carruthers

(Leisure’s own) Meredith Carruthers initiated the Montréal, Cité bédé/Comic City project while Assistant Curator at the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery, Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and it is presented as an inaugural exhibition of that Gallery’s successor, the SBC
Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Often associated with the cultural “Underground”, comic art conjures secret lives on the fringes of society. For Montreal: Comic City, ten artists will create illustrated maps that present alternate perspectives and narratives based on the island of Montreal.

Maps by individual artists chart the adventures of well known comic characters set loose in the city, provide autobiographical accounts of artist life in Montreal, explore historical and political Montreal landmarks or illustrate a day in the life of a comic artist.

Montreal: Comic City emphasizes the impact of the city on comic artists, while demonstrating the influence of comics on artists operating outside of the comic book format. Functioning as individual self-guided tours, these personal views of the city emphasize the democracy and intimacy of the reading experience, while forging new links between readers and the local environment.

Montréal, Cité bédé/Comic City is a satellite production of the new SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. In association with the Biennale de Montréal and Archive Montréal, the Comic City maps will be distributed at the main downtown hub of Biennale de Montréal (1230 de la Montagne Street) in Distroboto machines (retrofitted cigarette machines which are used to distribute independent zines, printed ephemera and music).

The 5th edition of the Biennale de Montréal, entitled Crack the Sky, is guest curated by Wayne Baerwaldt and organized by CIAC. It runs from May 10 to July 8 2007.

We hope to see you there!

For further information please see
http://www.ciac.ca/biennale2007/en/index.html

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