Sep 15 - 25
In Monuments, Quebec-based collective Acapulco (Pierre Brassard, Vincent Hinse, and Marie-Pier Lebeau) playfully explores the conventions of public art. Acapulco’s project, presented with the support of CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area), reflects on the serious nature of monuments as memorials that insert themselves into the urban landscape, rather than respond to it or encourage public participation. In order to overturn the ideals behind monumental public art, Acapulco reconfigures and reimagines monuments in future states of decay, strangeness, and whimsy. As an accumulation of sculptures in various states of dilapidation, Monuments questions the permanence and heroism of monumental objects.
Acapulco, an artist collective founded in 2009 in Quebec City, is interested by mass culture icons, in situ projects and outdoor interventions. The collective interferes with the landscape, borrowing codes from architecture, urban planning, construction site and promotional imagery. Ambiguity and hoax are at the heart of Acapulco’s work. Taking the form of intrusive pieces, their work seeks to disrupt the usual order of things and create a breach in reality. Structural spaces thus created invite the viewers to live an experience, or at least force them to reconsider their territory and their location. Their work was presented at Oeil de poisson gallery (Quebec city) and at Darling Foundry (Montreal). Acapulco was also part of several external events: Passages insolites (Public Art Circuit in Quebec), Manif d'art 7 (Quebec city Biennial) and Contemporary Art Forum of Kitchener +Area (Kitchener, Ontario). Acapulco is supported by the Conseil des art et des lettres du Québec.
CAFKA is an artist-run, charitable organization that produces an international biennial exhibition of art projects in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo. CAFKA partners with the City of Kitchener, Regional art galleries, museums and universities to present a region-wide festival comprising approximately two dozen separate art installations, performances and exhibitions.