May 1st to May 10th, 2017

The exhibition Images and Power: Black Women will present an unprecedented dialogue between the work of two young Québécois artists of Haitian origin, Sydney Agnant and Maliciouz, and a series of portraits commissioned by Congolese women and taken by photographer Simon Mukunday in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, beginning in the 1980s.


Images and Power: Black Women focuses on the political and social power of images and, more specifically, on the dynamics generated by the portrayal of Black women by Black women. Taking as a conceptual departure point two scientific articles which discussed these distinct artistic corpuses (Boukala, 2016; Jewsiewicki, 2016), this exhibition uniquely assembles these works from their different geographic and temporal points of origin in order to provide a space of dialogue and visibility in which to explore the social and political power of images created and circulated by Black women.

Faced with a number of sociopolitical, cultural and ethical issues raised by the public display of some of these works, the researchers and curators adopted a reflexive and critical approach to their curation of this exhibition, giving rise to new meanings and understandings.

This exhibition is the product of a collaboration between the artists and a Montreal-based, multicultural women’s curatorial collective.

This project is presented by the Centre et laboratoires de recherche Cultures – Arts – Sociétés (CELAT) at the Université du Québec à Montréal and is hosted by the Curating and Public Scholarship Lab (CaPSL) at Concordia University.

* Free entrance *

Round table: May 2nd, 2017 – 2 pm to 4 pm –, J.W. McConnell Building, 6th floor, LB 671.00
In order to create a space for exchange and discussion about different issues and themes raised and addressed within the exhibition, the curatorial collective has organized a round table with Dr. Charmaine Nelson, professor of Art History at McGill University and Dr. Edith-Anne Pageot, professor of Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal, who are joined by Sydney Agnant and Maliciouz, artists.
The event will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer Carter, professor of New Museologies in the Département d’histoire de l’art at the Université du Québec à Montréal.




María Juliana Angarita-Bohórquez, Samantha Gauvin and Myriam Mathieu-Bédard (Candidates in the Maîtrise en muséologie programme, Université du Québec à Montréal), with Adriana Cabrera-Cleves (Doctoral student, Muséologie, médiation, patrimoine, Université du Québec à Montréal)

Scientific Committee


Mouloud Boukala (Professor, École des médias, Université du Québec à Montréal), Jennifer Carter (Professor, Département d’histoire de l’art, Université du Québec à Montréal), Bogumil Jewsiewicki (Professor emeritus, Département d’histoire, Université Laval)
Sponsorship: This exhibition was made possible thanks to the Centre et laboratoires de recherche Cultures – Arts – Sociétés (CELAT).

UQAM Exhibition Link

Images and Power: Black Women
Sydney Agnant and Maliciouz
Images and Power: Black Women



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