10 years of State of Emergency / État d’Urgence

April 11 – May 17, 2014
Exhibition, Artist Talk

About the Program

grunt gallery and Gallery Gachet co-presented 10 years of State of Emergency / État d’Urgence, a multidisciplinary visual exhibition based on a retrospective of works from 1998-2013 during État d’Urgence (State of Emergency) and Fin Novembre (End of November). The annual event État d’Urgence (State of Emergency) began in 1998 in downtown Montreal and was created by L'Action Terroriste Socialment Acceptable (ATSA), a not-for-profit organization founded by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. It was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event itself is a 24-hour, 5-day refugee camp in support of people living homeless and under conditions of poverty. État d’Urgence was so successful that it has returned on an annual basis and now goes by the name Fin Novembre.

At grunt gallery, the 10 years of State of Emergency exhibition presents a selection of 30 ATSA art works and archives produced throughout the years of the event from 1997 to 2013, including the montage U pour Urgence presented at the Canadian Architecture Centre, Deposit, Last resort, Under surveillance, The Brasero and a collection of video capsules by Santiago Bertolino, Steve Patry, Henrique Vera Villanueva, and Luc Sénécal. This selection shows the evolution of the event and all the political and social difficulties and challenges the artists experienced. Gallery Gachet features artwork by over 20 artists—local, national and international—who made original contributions to État d’Urgence during the event’s run between 1998 and 2010. Included in these works are collaborative illustrations, sound track and photo projects; paintings on unconventional media; drawings, a survival handbook; miniature cardboard architecture and more. Opening receptions occurred at Gallery Gachet first and then at grunt gallery on April 11, 2014. An artist talk was presented on April 12, 2014.




Gallery Gachet


2014.0411 10Y


English, French


grunt gallery (second location)
116-350 E. 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5T 4R8
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations

Gallery Gachet
88 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6A 2R7
Unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ/selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations
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