VISUAL ARTS AWARDS
2012 Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art
Nicole Gingras is a Montréal-based researcher, author and curator who studied visual arts, cinema, and art history at the Université Laval, Concordia University, and the Université de Montréal. Her interest in images, sound and media arts has become well-known through numerous exhibitions, events and publications. Over the past 30 years she has been associated with museums, galleries, artist-run centres and festivals in Québec, Canada and internationally. She has also developed a wide range of outreach initiatives, including her own publishing house, Éditions Nicole Gingras, launched in 1996. She was instrumental in establishing MINUTE, a collective founded in 2002, which produces media arts events in Québec and internationally, including Ectoplasmes (2006) in Montréal and Frictions (2009) at Club Transmediale in Berlin, Germany.
Nicole Gingras has been the curator of several exhibitions of works by Québec artists, each accompanied by a monograph: Donigan Cumming (1993), Raymonde April (1997), Michèle Waquant (1999), Mario Côté (2002), Manon Labrecque (2003), Christof Migone (2006), Emmanuelle Léonard (2011), and Raymond Gervais (2011, 2012). She also produced a retrospective of the films of Franco-British artist David Larcher (2000); an important exhibition of work by German artists Doris Kuwert (2008) and Rolf Julius (2009); and several thematic exhibitions on practices associated with the image, observation and surveillance, sound and the media arts,including Les Absences de la photographie (1994); Regarder, observer surveiller (2004); and Tracer, Retracer/Tracking the Traces (2005–2006).
Nicole Gingras has been a programmer at FIFA – the Festival international du film sur l’art in Montréal since 2003. As well, she was involved with the curating of two important Québec biennales: TraficART 2010 in Saguenay with Les formes du temps and, more recently, la Manif d’art 6 de Québec with Machines—Les formes du mouvement. She recently accepted the position of Director for the upcoming Biennale de Montréal.