Mathieu Beauséjour : The Revolt of The ImaginationAesthetic and poetic concerns driven by political and social engagement are at the heart of Mathieu Beauséjour’s artistic practice. Working from a position of resistance, the Montreal-based artist employs a wide range of techniques - notably installation, performance, and printing - so as to overturn concepts of power, alienation, and oppression. His most emblematic works employ cultural symbols such as currency, anthems and manifestos to comment on historical or current events: Kings and Queens of Quebec (2008) is an ironic twist on the portraits of British rulers that adorn Canadian money, and the installation Icarus (2009), an elaborate allegory of the fall of Capitalism. This first career monograph highlights more than two decades of a practice that is characterized - not by unequivocal political views - but by a revolutionary, romantic stance where macro-political issues are treated with a formal and conceptual ingenuity that make the revolt, first and foremost, that of the imagination. In English and French.
Andréanne Roy, Robin Simpson, Sonia Pelletier and Mathieu Beauséjour
Musée régional de Rimouski
136 pp col. ill. 11 x 8.5 in softcover
$35.00 Can. $40.00 U.S.
Mathieu Beauséjour’s work has been featured in several exhibitions, notably the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s The Grace of a Gesture (2014), and The Quebec Triennial of 2011. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections. Andréanne Roy is an independent curator and author of several monographs on, notably, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Marc Séguin. Robin Simpson is a curator and contributing author to several publications most recently Oh, Canada (MIT Press, 2012). Sonia Pelletier is an art critique and independent curator. In English and French.