Joan Jonas

Studio 303 (Belgo Building)
372 Sainte-Catherine Street

September 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm


Dissections is a panel series presented as part of DHC/ART’s program of public events designed to encourage an interdisciplinary discussion on contemporary art.

The four invited speakers for this Dissections event will present concepts, themes, and approaches inspired by Joan Jonas: From Away, currently on view at DHC/ART. After the presentations, the public will be invited to take part in an informal group discussion.

Please note that Dissections: Joan Jonas will take place at Studio 303 (Belgo building, 372 Sainte-Catherine Street, #303).

Free admission

Lyne Bellemare, seed grower and coordinator, Seeds of Diversity
Cecilia Chen, architect and researcher
Emily Rose Michaud, artist and educator
Mariko Tanabe, performer, choreographer, somatic educator and therapist

Dissections is an accessible and bilingual event.

Joan Jonas: From Away is on view until September 18, 2016.


Lyne Bellemare is the coordinator of the francophone component of Seeds of Diversity/Semences du patrimoine since 2009. Certified in permaculture design, she facilitates workshops and gives lectures on seed conservation, horticultural heritage and endangered plant species. She works as a seed grower in Montreal at Terre Promise. Seeds of Diversity/Semences du patrimoine is a non-profit organization devoted to searching out, preserving, perpetuating, studying, and encouraging the cultivation of heirloom and endangered varieties of food crops in Canada while educating the public about their importance.

Cecilia Chen has worked as an architect in Montreal and Toronto. As an independent scholar and as a doctoral candidate with the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University she has explored the mapping of water and the way in which water is represented. She asks how the construction of places, landscapes and cities is influenced by human relations to water (and to those with whom we share water). She currently teaches and practices in Montreal and is one of the organizers and co-editors of Thinking With Water, an anthology published at McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2013.

Emily Rose Michaud is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working at the crossroads of community organization, ecology and civic participation. Her work highlights the social importance of marginal landscapes and engages with land as a living entity. She maintains a practice in land-based art, installation, drawing, writing, performance, and intervention. She has exhibited nationally, both in and out of the gallery. Michaud’s academic outreach can be found in her contributions as editor and writer. She has contributed content to Thinking With Water, published at McGill-Queen’s University Press (2013). Michaud holds a BFA from Concordia University (Montréal) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa.

Mariko Tanabe is inspired by the healing powers of human movement and expression. She has been performing and presenting her choreographic works during the past 25 years in Asia, Europe, and North America. Renowned for her electric stage presence, her passionate works are inspired by explorations into the mysteries, memories and wisdom of the body. These explorations include research into her Japanese ancestry, as well as the fiery dynamics of Flamenco rhythms and dance forms. Mariko’s background includes work in traditional Japanese dance forms including Kabuki and Noh. She has also trained in Butoh, Flamenco, Middle Eastern Dance, Experimental Theatre, Alexander Technique, Yoga and other healing arts. For twelve years she was a principal dancer and teacher with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company in NYC. Mariko is a Certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, has taught at several universities including UQAM, Concordia, McGill, and NYU, and enjoys her collaborations with choreographers, dancers, and composers internationally.


Installation view, Joan Jonas: From Away, 2016, DHC/ART. Joan Jonas, Reanimation, 2010/2012/2013. Courtesy of the artist. © DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, photos: Richard-Max Tremblay.