This year ORANGE
is presenting its third edition. Six years have passed since the first edition, when audiences of the day were caught unawares by the originality of its concept: an encounter between contemporary art and the agri-food sector. This new edition of ORANGE
, focused as always on creating a laboratory for the ideas of artists who address our connections to the agri-food sector, will take place from 11 September to 25 October and will feature artists from Quebec, the rest of Canada, the United States and Austria.
The agri-food sector is an abundant topic for anyone wishing to explore its various aspects. The production, transformation, distribution and consumption of foodstuffs contain, for example, an undeniable socio-political and economic dimension. There are in addition countless attitudes towards food and eating - some of them quite bizarre - which go beyond physiological needs and enter into cultural, religious, ritual, psychological and other realms. Over the years, when preparing this singular triennial, we have also remarked that those artists who are interested in various aspects of the agri-food sector are also interested in the ethical issues associated with the topic. They challenge viewers to consider whether we should not change the way we produce and consume food, whether our way of cultivating the earth in the twenty-first century is not weakening the environment and threatening its equilibrium, whether our way of raising animals should not be reconsidered. In the context of today's discussions and concerns around global warming and the risk of pandemics, these artists place their ideas at the centre of daily life and current events.
Mounting this year's third edition of ORANGE
has been the entire responsibility of the non-profit organisation ORANGE: Contemporary Art Event of Saint-Hyacinthe, in collaboration with EXPRESSION
, Centre d'exposition de Saint-Hyacinthe. Nevertheless, organising an event like this requires the support of a number of partners. For this reason we here at ORANGE
would like to thank all those who have supported us; they, like us, believe that the foundations of a society both aware of its history and turned towards the future are laid by boldness, alertness and vigilance. Our thanks to our funding agencies in the Montérégie Est region and in Quebec and Canada, and also to the town of Saint-Hyacinthe, which now sets aside the month of September every year for a period of festivities around the agri-food sector as a way of paying tribute to this great region known as the garden of Quebec
Finally, without the ideas of its curators - Sylvette Babin, Marcel Blouin and Genevieve Ouellet - or the invaluable participation of artists, an event such as this would not exist. Our thanks then to the artists of ORANGE
We extend a welcome to all our visitors: welcome home, welcome to Saint-Hyacinthe, welcome to the third ORANGE
: Contemporary Art Event of Saint-Hyacinthe!
Marcel Blouin and Genevieve Ouellet
Directors of ORANGE
: Contemporary Art Event of Saint-Hyacinthe