The Biennale de Montréal
The STM presents the artwork Ensemble in its métro stations
Montreal, May 10, 2007 - As part of the 5th edition of the Biennale de Montréal, the most important contemporary art event in Canada, the STM is presenting the work Ensemble, by British artist Beth Derbyshire, throughout all métro stations for the duration of the event, held until July 8.
The work by Beth Derbyshire consists of a special edition of métro transfers bearing the inscription Ensemble. Through her work, the artist explores the concepts of cultural diversity, individual identity and mass communications.
“The STM is proud to lend its support to the Biennale de Montréal, as it suscribes to its commitment to making art accessible to Montrealers within the métro network”, explained Claude Trudel, STM board chairman. “By presenting the work of Ms. Derbyshire, the STM acknowledges the scope and creative potential of both Montréal and the international artists the city attracts.”
The public can also see a luminous installation by the same artist, as well as other works presented for the first time, at École Bourget, one of the Biennale’s exhibition sites.
This is the artist’s second association with public transportation. In 2006, in cooperation with the London Underground, she created a work of art for Picadilly station entitled Platform for Art: Careless Talk Costs Lives which, like her Ensemble project, was directly linked to the theme of identity and communication.
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