MONTREAL, May 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Yesterday, the Claudine and
Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation awarded the 2013 Claudine and
Stephen Bronfman Graduate Fellowships in Contemporary Art, each valued
at $55,000, to Nadia Seboussi of the Université du Québec à Montréal, and Kim Waldron of Concordia University, both completing their Master's. The ceremony
was held at Galerie Graff, at the opening of the exhibition Click Here to Enter by Véronique Savard, a graduate of UQAM and a 2010 Bronfman Fellowship
In attendance at the presentation were donors Claudine and Stephen
Bronfman; Louise Poissant, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UQAM;
Catherine Wild, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia
University; and Nancy Rosenfeld, Director of the Claudine and Stephen
Bronfman Family Foundation.
Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Post-Graduate Fellowships in Contemporary
These fellowships are presented annually to a graduate student in Visual
and Media Arts at the Faculty of Arts at UQAM and to a graduate student
in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University.
Created in December 2009 with a generous donation of $550,000 from the
Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation, these fellowships are
awarded for a period of two years and offer invaluable assistance to
emerging artists. The financial support enables them to launch their
careers by devoting themselves fully to the conceptualization,
production and distribution of their works.
This year, the jury selected two artists whose practices demonstrate an
impassioned commitment and exhibit a speculative dimension that
directly questions our relationship to the world. The members of the
jury also praised the element of risk and daring in both projects.
Through her work, Nadia Seboussi tries to capture the social and
political reality of the Algerian Civil War (1990-2000), waged between
the political and military wing of the Islamic movement and the ruling
Born in Algeria, Nadia Seboussi has lived and worked in Montreal since
2002. Her work has been shown in various group shows in Montreal and
Algeria, (Galerie de l'UQAM, espaces Jean-Brillant, Galerie Art mûr, and CDEx at UQAM).
Her academic background has been awarded numerous grants and awards,
such as the Pierre Ayot Award in 2010, and the Bourse d'excellence
Joseph-Armand-Bombardier of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada in 2010 - 2011. She holds a degree in Visual and
Media Arts at UQAM and has just completed her Master's in Visual and
Media Arts at UQAM under the supervision of Professor David Tomas.
"The jury cited the maturity of Nadia Seboussi's artistic practice, as
well as the coherence of her work, the richness of its content, and the
complementarity of the perspectives presented in her creative project,
at once political, documentary and feminist," noted Louise Poissant,
Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UQAM. The jury also acknowledged the
courage and personal commitment of the artist who does not hesitate to
confront a difficult subject head on. The artist's practice will have
an impact on the post-colonial debate and will contribute to the
training of younger artists through her undergraduate teaching.
Nadia Seboussi will have a solo exhibition in November 2013, at Dazibao,
the contemporary photography centre, and will take part in several
group shows throughout the year, notably in France, Argentina, Morocco
Kim Waldron makes frequent use of self-portraiture as a way to take a
stand on various contemporary social issues. Over the years, her work
has questioned the role of the image and the importance of context,
while addressing the idea that reality is always a construct.
Kim Waldron was born in Montreal. She graduated from NSCAD in 2003. Her
work has been exhibited widely, notably at Oboro, Expression, Gallery
44, Vu, Galerie Occurrence, Eyelevel Gallery, Eastern Edge Gallery, Art
Gallery of Windsor, and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse. She had a
three-month residency in Vienna in 2007, hosted by the Austrian
Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, and a one-month residency in
Newfoundland in 2009, offered by the English Harbour Arts Centre.
"The jury selected Kim Waldron for the quality, maturity and consistency
of her work," said Catherine Wild, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at
Concordia University. She submitted a bold project, exploring the role
of both art and artists in our societies. Engaged and invested the
artist directly confronts sensitive issues that challenge our cultural,
political and economic assumptions.
Waldron's work Before and After will be presented at the exhibition of Faculty of Fine Arts graduating
students, at the FOFA Gallery, Concordia University from June 10 to 28,
The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Post-Graduate Fellowships in
Contemporary Art have been awarded since 2010. Here is a list of the
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Maude N. Béland
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