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Conjuguer la traçabilité

ORANGE, Contemporary art event of Saint-Hyacinthe – 6th edition

September 16 to October 28, 2018

Curators _ The twins Isabelle and Marie-Ève Charron

New projects and residences in farming communities


Benoit Aquin, Pascal Audet, Magali Babin, Michel Boulanger, Paul Chartrand, Andréanne Godin, Laurent Lamarche, Diane Landry, Arkadi Lavoie Lachapelle, Mériol Lehmann, Kevin Michael Murphy, Amélie Proulx, Lonnie Van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan


  1. EXPRESSION : 2e étage du Marché public, 495, avenue Saint-Simon, Saint-Hyacinthe
  2. Chapelle des Sœurs de Saint-Joseph de Saint-Hyacinthe : 2245, avenue Raymond, Saint-Hyacinthe
  3. Jardin Daniel A. Séguin : 3211, rue Sicotte, Saint-Hyacinthe
  4. Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, La Verrière : 3000, avenue Boullé, Saint-Hyacinthe

With their combined expertise as agronomist and art historian, curators Isabelle and Marie-Ève Charron have planned an event featuring tangible alignments between the worlds of art and agriculture. Many of the works to be presented grew out of “blind dates” that the artists set up between artists and farming (agri-food?) partners to explore the concept of traceability, which is the guiding thread of the event.

Already a key element in many contemporary agro-food issues, the concept of traceability fosters fertile links with artists’ concerns. The desire to determine a product’s origin or uniqueness using tracing processes betrays a certain kinship with certain questions typical in the world of art. In agriculture, tracing systems make it possible to track a product back to its point of origin, to locate its position along the production and supply chains, and to map out its distribution network. A similar phenomenon can be observed in the world of art, where artwork is necessarily associated with its creator from the time of its creation through to its presentation. “Traceability” guarantees, authenticates and rates the monetary, aesthetic and qualitative values of products, acts, activities, and artworks. It even reassures buyers and consumers. In art, the artist’s signature and the attribution details of specific works influence how these works are received by the public, and put both markets and museums at ease. The 13 art projects in this event will take a wholly new approach to various facets of traceability. The artists will draw on examples from dairy genetics, egg production, pollination procedures, seed typology and grain and maple syrup production.

ORANGE 2018 will propose an itinerary between four venues related by their involvement with this year’s theme. The exhibition will place the populace at the centre of an event combining art and architecture, something that, in our era, is equally stimulating and necessary.

Opening and guided tour on Sunday, September 16, at 1 p.m.

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