Images intrusives, Intrusive Thoughts

With Mirna Boyadjian and Adam Szymanski 

On November 1, 2018 — 5 à 7, commented visit at 6:30 pm

In French and English


As if on the periphery of the gaze, because often what commands our attention is located outside the frame, the work of Ismaïl Bahri, James Benning, Ralitsa Doncheva and Miriam Sampaio carefully documents the occupation of a site which, for reasons both personal and political, is the only witness, even the sole legatee, of past or future events, giving form to an exile either desired or imposed, permanent or temporary (FC).

For Mirna Boyadjian and Adam Szymanski, these works are at risk of being intruded upon while simultaneously risking becoming intrusive themselves. Addressing this subject from both a Mental Health and Art Historical perspective, this visit will discuss diverse notions of intrusive images.

Mirna Boyadjian is a Ph.D. student in Esthétique at the University of Vincennes in Saint-Denis. Her research focuses on hope in contemporary art in the age of globalized civil war. Her writings can be found in multiple publications, including esse arts+opinions, Espace art actuel, Spirale, Ciel Variable, and the MOMENTA 2017 catalogue.

Adam Szymanski is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He is a co-author of the book Nocturnal Fabulations about the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.


Ismaïl Bahri

James Benning

Ralitsa Doncheva

Miriam Sampaio

From September 6 to November 3, 2018

Dazibao thanks Mirna Boyadjian and Adam Szymanski for their generous collaboration and its members for their support.

Dazibao receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal.