Friday, November 4, 2016
The Curatorial Visit (1973)
The Curatorial Visit (1973) is a ninety minute Télé-Québec cable documentary that follows two Anglo-Montreal curators who travel to the French commune of Chevilly-Larue for a studio visit with an expatriate Quebec artist whose practice is based in dance, text and political activism.
In the above excerpt, the curators arrive at the home of the artist's gallerist. Upon entering they are taken upstairs by the gallerist's associate director, who had told them at the door what the artist was told only moments before: that she was invited to represent Canada at the next Venice Biennale.
Unbeknownst to this viewer, Québec curators were once licensed to administer sedatives to an artist whose behaviour is deemed indecorous. The French word for indecorous is inconvenant.