Recent Issues

Recent issues

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  • Ciel variable 104 - FROM ANOTHER ANGLE

    Ciel variable 104 – FROM ANOTHER ANGLE

    [Fall 2016]

    With great sensitivity and remarkable image quality, the works brought together in this section offer a renewed gaze at discredited realities and experiences. They do this by showing us people in their living environments. And yet, it is not individuals that these works offer as much as a certain order of representation, certain priorities, a certain way of seeing things that encourages us to re­evaluate them.

  • Ciel variable 103 - NATURE

    Ciel variable 103 – NATURE

    [Spring/Summer 2016]

    There are places where nature’s presence is more intensely felt, where the question of the city’s interrelations with its natural environment emerges more spontaneously. Certain circumstances are also conducive to raising such reflections – among them, sense of unfamiliarity experienced during a stay abroad, obvious deterioration in the equilibrium or beauty of a place, and pressure exerted for appropriation of a public site for private purposes.

  • Ciel variable 102 - FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE

    Ciel variable 102 – FAR AWAY, SO CLOSE

    [Winter 2016]

    Globalization is making us more aware of the realities of the entire planet through news, visits, and business travel. In addition, urbanization and consumer markets are tending to bring cultures and lifestyles ever closer to each other. Even so, and fortunately, diversity and differences remain. What is more, the most radical forms of alterity are found not only outside of our societies but tend to merge with them, and ...

  • Ciel variable 101 - STRATA

    Ciel variable 101 – STRATA

    [Fall 2015]

    STRATA features works by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Moyra Davey, and Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf. The comprehension of these bodies of work assumes a peeling away of the various strata of signs that form them.

  • Ciel variable 100 - REPLAY

    Ciel variable 100 – REPLAY

    [Spring-Summer 2015]

    Appropriating visual artworks, as one interprets the works in a repertoire. Judging that, among all the works that exist, these ones still resonate sufficiently in the eyes and ears of contemporary spectators to justify the reignition of their interrogatory or denunciatory spark. What do these works say?

  • Ciel variable 99 – HABITAT

    Ciel variable 99 – HABITAT

    [Winter 2015]

    The realm of the living includes as many habitats as ways of life. As fragments of the impossible inventory of all inhabited places, these four portfolios cross over into environments that may be real or fantasized, but are always constructed.

  • Ciel variable 98 - Abstraction

    Ciel variable 98 – ABSTRACTION

    [Fall 2014]
    These abstract works involving simple forms evoke methods of analogue photography to challenge the degree of veracity of the image. Imprint, inversion, and casting are some of the components transposed into other artistic media to re-evaluate our capacity to apprehend the real.

  • Ciel variable 97 - PORTRAIT GALLERY

    Ciel variable 97 – PORTRAIT GALLERY

    [Spring-Summer 2014]

    Trois approches du portrait photographique nourries de références picturales, avec des savoir-faire se manifestant dans les clairs-obscurs, les cadrages et les poses, les textures et le drapé des tissus, les ports de tête et, surtout, les regards… Et des manières de faire qui ennoblissent leurs sujets.

  • Ciel variable 96 - PERFORMING FOR THE IMAGE

    Ciel variable 96 – PERFORMING FOR THE IMAGE

    [Winter 2014]

    These three montreal artists have in common the performative dimension of the images in their works. Bodies are staged in situ­ ations of intimacy, intrusion, or sacrifice to highlight how loved ones, strangers, and animals help to form our identity.

  • Ciel variable 95 - CYBER / ESPACE / PUBLIC

    Ciel variable 95 – CYBER / ESPACE / PUBLIC

    [Fall 2013]

    The transition to the digital image regime entails a series of permutations that noticeably modify our relations with a common public space and how art is produced. Our experience of concrete spaces and temporality, as well as the distinctions between private sphere and public exhibition, between amateur and professional productions, are totally metamorphosed.

  • Ciel variable 94 - ART PUBLIC

    Ciel variable 94 – PUBLIC ART

    [Spring-Summer 2013]

    A thematic section on public art featuring the works of Nicolas Baier, Dominique Auerbacher, and Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras, highlighting the issues of community affirmation in the public space and the revelation, or contestation, of its customs and regulations. Some­where between group portrait, “objective” self­-portrait, and urban anti-­aesthetic . . .

  • Ciel variable 94 - FORENSICS

    Ciel variable 93 – FORENSICS

    [Winter 2013]

    The rise to pre-eminence of forensic imaginaries is a phenomenon that can be observed in both television series and contemporary literature. The visual arts have not remained impermeable to this aesthetic-legal paradigm, in wich the artist takes on the posture of expert and viewers regain their function of arbitrator of the image.

  • Ciel variable 92 - TRUE NORTH

    Ciel variable 92 – TRUE NORTH

    [Fall 2012]

    Three experiences of the north, real or perceived, that bring us face to face with the realities of a little-known region undergoing accelerated transformation. The north is at once home to a sparse population, an ecosystem vital to the entire continent, and a vast resource base that is in the sights of developers as ever before.

  • Ciel variable 91 - OUR WORLD

    Ciel variable 91 – OUR WORLD

    [Spring-Summer 2012]

    From Alberta to Azerbaijan, from resolute Bay to mumbai, and from Oran to Johannesburg, this issue reveals images of an industrious, prosperous world that includes numerous dysfunctions and aberrations. with aesthetic strategies combining the documentary and the sublime, a multitude of perspectives, narrations, and installations, the image sometimes retreats to the background.

  • Ciel variable 90 - COLLABORATIONS

    Ciel variable 90 – COLLABORATIONS

    [Winter 2012]

    See the oversized faces of a city’s inhabitants emerging on its walls and façades. These people came together to find ways to reappropriate the urban space, and to advertise their presence and identity. Here, photography is a tool for affirmative collaboration.

  • Ciel variable 89 - PLACES

    Ciel variable 89 – PLACES

    [Fall 2011]
    Being attentive to the environments that one passes through. all these passageways, these enigmatic and inhospitable spaces, all those buildings that one sees on urban access roads, sometimes abandoned, that compose a purely functional environment. This, compared to the old city, to sites shaped by time, proximity, a different pace of
    life . . .