VISUAL ARTS AWARDS
2013 Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art
Born in 1971 in Repentigny, Québec,
Marie-Josée Jean is the executive and artistic director of VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, and a curator, in addition to teaching at Université du Québec à Montréal and Université Laval in Québec City. In 2012, she completed an important capital project enabling VOX to take over the fourth floor of the 2-22, a new cultural building in downtown Montréal. She has spent more than fifteen years researching the theory and practice of contemporary art, organizing exhibitions, producing monographs, and publishing essays.
Within the context of her research, exhibitions are places for reflection and experimentation, allowing her to reintegrate issues that have influenced art on-and-off since the 1960s. Marie-Josée is currently working on a major research project, in association with Canadian and European institutions, on the history and practice of exhibitions conceived by artists. She served as artistic director of two installments of the Mois de la Photo de Montréal, titled Le Souci du document [Photography as Document] (1999) and LePouvoir de l’image [The Power of the Image] (2001).
As an independent curator, she has developed numerous exhibitions at institutions such as the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Casino Luxembourg–Forum d’art contemporain, the Centre d’art Santa Mònica in Barcelona, the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Germany, and the Villa Arson, Centre national d’art contemporain in Nice. Marie-Josée lives and works in Montréal and Vienna, Austria.