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Taking place in the heart of Montréal is this years multifaceted art event BNLMTL 2014 (Biennale de Montréal) which was originally launched in 1998 by the Centre international d’art contemporain de Montréal. The BNLMTL’s mission is simple :
“The mission of La Biennale de Montréal is to foster, support, interpret and disseminate the most current visual arts practices by producing the biennial event BNLMTL. In this way, La Biennale de Montréal offers a wide audience a privileged opportunity to grasp the esthetic and social issues addressed by today’s art. La Biennale de Montréal also provides an international platform for Québec and Canadian artists, curators, theoreticians, art critics and researchers working in various fields to meet, encounter and discuss cutting-edge practices, and contribute to different international networks.”
The giant art expo features over 60 artists, including the celebrated Iranian female visual artist Shirin Neshat. Exhibiting her latest film, Illusions & Mirrors (2013), which deals with themes such as the self and seeing one’s self from a distance or the outside. This black and white short film stars world renowned actress Natalie Portman as a woman exploring her hazy memories and hallucinations. We are presented with various scenes such as Portman on the shore running through sand dunes, seeing a blurry male figure in the distance, following this figure up a flight of stairs, and lastly pressed up against a window looking out into the distance.
You can view the trailer below: