Christto & Andrew ( Christian Sánchez Díaz, 1985 and Andrew Jay Weir, 1987 ) are an artistic duo from Puerto Rico and South Africa based in Doha, Qatar and Copenhagen, Denmark. Their collaboration started in 2012 while meeting in Barcelona, Spain as students. They work across various mediums including photography, installation and film. Their work makes use of exposing the effects of structures of history, politics, the economy, popular culture and rigid societal normalities that they experience in everyday life by constructing surreal still life portraits. Christto & Andrew first gained international acclaim with their inclusion of the 2014 Foam Magazine “Talent Issue” and have since exhibited in solo exhibitions, group shows, biennials and artfairs worldwide, including the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2015), Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (2016), NRW – Forum Düsseldorf (2017) and have been included in publications such as The New Yorker, Vogue España, Dazed magazine and the British Journal of Photography. Most recently they have been commissioned by the New Yorker Magazine to create three images for their yearly fictions issue.Christto Sanz received a BA from the Escuela De Artes Plásticas in San Juan Puerto Rico before completing his Master in Visual Communication and photography from Elisava, Barcelona Spain. Andrew Weir holds a BBA from Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain and an MA in Museum & Gallery Practice from University College London – Qatar.

Noah Kalina is a photographer and filmmaker. His work has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world and is in numerous public and private collections. His professional client list includes Google, Gucci, and Disney, and his photographs have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Wired, and Le Monde. His two-decade project, Everyday, was parodied on “The Simpsons.” He lives in upstate New York with a rooster named Marcel. In his free time, he makes bedmounds. ‘’When we think of beds, we usually think of them as neatly made, waiting to be used. I wanted to undo that, to pull back the covers and sculpt a monumental shape out of the fabric where our bodies would be, and where our bodies have been, as both a still-life (of the materials of sleep) and a portrait (of someone’s presence).’’ 

Genevieve Gaignard is a Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on installation, sculpture, and photographic self-portraiture to explore race, femininity, and class. As a biracial woman in America, Gaignard investigates the aesthetic and cultural divide between black and white, a chasm as palpable as it is “invisible.” She interrogates notions of “passing” by positioning her own female body as the chief site of exploration – challenging viewers to navigate the powers and anxieties of intersectional identity. Recent solo exhibitions include, I’m Sorry I Never Told You That You’re Beautiful at Vielmetter Los Angeles, CA (2019), Counterfeit Currency at FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2018), and Smell the Roses, at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016-2017). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, Bentonville, AR, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA  and Prospect.4, New Orleans. Genevieve Gaignard received her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, and her MFA in Photography from Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Detroit native Elise Mesner (now based in Los Angeles) is an eclectic-minded painter, illustrator, fashion designer, stylist, tastemaker, cross-media artist, and fine art photographer/creative director working and dipping into all arty media. Creamy colors, plants, fruits, fresh air, and drops of neon rule her world. With whimsy forever as her guide and a pocket full of moxie, she’s known for creating idyllic dreamscapes, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as on the canvas.

Born in Victoria, British Columbia (1989) and currently living in Toronto. Maya Fuhr is a visual artist, discussing her aesthetic voice through a use of vivid expression. Her unique body of work has been endorsed by brands like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and Versace and her editorials can be found in magazines like The Editorial Magazine, Rouge Fashion Book, Numéro China, Paper Magazine and many more. Her photography is raw and surreal featuring a meticulous pairing of colour and light, all seamlessly inhabiting an oddly romantic world. Still, the work manages not to take itself too seriously causing a curiously unique humour. Village Motel at Blanc Gallery displays Fuhr’s exploration of what happens behind motel doors. Famous porn star and sex educator Nina Hartley, a Televangelist inspired portrait series, cheeky sex toy still-life and drag accessories for a night out. Her work promotes an openness towards the details that otherwise go unnoticed in our daily lives. Maya Fuhr creates images full of warmth and honesty, allowing yourself to get mesmerized by the glinting colour fields and seduced by a detached yet intimate sensuality.

Fuhr’s work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide. Showing at galleries in London, Paris, New York, Tel Aviv and Toronto including The AGO- Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2017 she was awarded the Magenta Foundation Photography Project Award, enabling her to continue her series “Malleable Privilege” investigating her relationship with fashion and its impact on the environment, showcased in her recent solo exhibition “Tec Style.” Currently, she is nominated for The Canadian Art & Fashion Award – Image Maker of The Year.

Alexandre Berthiaume was born in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and currently lives in Montreal. His father, patron of the arts, sparked his interest for creation at a young age. This propensity to create materialize during his studies in architecture. Discipline and rigour necessary for architecture design, provided Berthiaume the necessary foundation to concretize any project. He quickly notes the importance of the aesthetic in his presentations and developed a high interest in 3D illustration. It is in this area that Alexandre evolves early in his career. First as a 3D artist, then as a graphic designer and eventually in motion design. The latter discipline led him to spend a decade as VJ in multiple events. 

It is difficult to dissociate Alexandre Berthiaume from FUTIL. The company was founded in 2003 to consolidate is work in industrial design and graphic design. Still to this day, he designs multiple products in the field of furniture and object. His work was published in many magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. The artist participated to several exhibitions, including the Biennale of St-Etienne, Marseille The Palace of the Stock Exchange, the Canadian Embassy in Washington and the institute of Contemporary Arts in London. His excellence made him finalist in three international competitions, including an honorable mention for the Palm enRoute awards in mobility design 2007. Berthiaume’s attraction to photography goes back to college, where he was able to take specialized courses in pre-digital traditional techniques, darkroom labs and studio lighting. It is only a few years later that he transposed his knowledge in digital technologies. To this day, the camera remains central to his work, as he made it to be : a prime passion.

Team and partners

This project was made possible thanks to the Société de développement commercial du Village, Village Montreal and its partners.

Commissariat, Conception, design et scénographie par

Alexandre Berthiaume M.Arch


Village Montreal: Yannick Brouillette, Sophie Auger
Coordinator and artist relations: Marie-Ève Cormier
Graphic design: Nouvelle Administration
Production team: Mélanie Guevremont, Frédérique Guevremont, Travis Lee Montgomery, Oliver Cohen-Daigle, Marie-Émilie Galot, Jennifer Piroird, Gilbert Guevremont, William Bobby Sabourin, Héloïse Michaud, Julian “Bird” King
Press relations: Stéfane Campbell

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