Michael Blum: Our History
Michael Blum

Galerie de l’UQAM
156 pp col. ill. 8 x 5 in softcover 
$15.00 Can. $18.00 U.S.
September 2014

ourhistory.gifspacerWhile published to accompany an exhibition, this publication is not an exhibition catalogue; neither is it an artist's book nor an essay on artist Michael Blum. Rather, it is a report on research conducted by the artist on his adopted country - Canada - and the search for identity of its largely Francophone province, Quebec. To this end, Blum sent a questionnaire to 600 public personalities, the responses of 86 of whom are documented here. Well-known political, artistic and educational figures respond to questions such as: What does Quebec mean to you?; How would you explain the differences between Canada and Quebec to a non-Canadian?; What would a museum dedicated to the differences between Canada and Quebec collect?; How do you see the relationship between Canada and Quebec in two or three generations? In English and French.

Born in Jerusalem, Michael Blum studied at Université de Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, and at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. He is currently professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s School of Visual and Media Arts. Through video and installation, Blum’s artistic practice develops critical readings of cultural history. His work has been shown at numerous venues including the Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris) and the New Museum (New York).

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