Founded in 2009, Art Souterrain is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring contemporary art out of the traditional gallery setting, into public space, and make it more accessible to everyone. Contemporary art often addresses issues of experience in our lives today, so where better to put it than in places many of us frequent daily? The festival runs from its opening on Nuit Blanche on February 28 until March 15.
This year, the Art Souterrain festival centres on the idea of surveillance. Titled “Security in Our Society: What Remains of Our Personal Freedoms,” the various artworks relate to the idea that, although technologies have made things easier in daily life, almost everything we do is now traceable. Using a credit card, posting a Facebook status, and even walking past a security camera is documented. Security in Our Society questions where the balance should be between our needs of safety in society and our rights to freedom.
There are over 100 artists involved in the festival this year, and works will be displayed all over the city in places like Place Ville-Marie, the Eaton Centre, the Guy-Favreau Complex and the Palais des Congrès. Here at the Main, we’ve put together a list of some of the pieces and events we are most excited for–check it out!