Romeo Gongora, Installation plan for gallery A, Just Watch Me, 2014. Photos of la Mousse Spacthèque. Fonds d'archives Jean-Paul Mousseau, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
Maurice Demers, Appelez-moi Ahuntsic, 1973. Photo: Réal Filion
Helena Martin Franco, "Une femme éléphant est tentée de devenir Fritta Caro", as part of Just Watch Me, September 5, 2014.
Photo: Jean-Louis René
Just Watch Me, 2014. Photo: Paul Litherland
Just Watch Me, 2014. Photo: Paul Litherland

September 5 – October 11, 2014

An event initiated by Romeo Gongora and organised by Anithe de Carvalho, Francine Couture, CUTV, Kester Dyer, Les Éditions de la Tournure, Géraldine Eguiluz, Les Filles électriques, Romeo Gongora, Ève Lamoureux, La Médiathèque littéraire Gaëtan Dostie, Pierre Lefebvre, Norman Nawrocki, Felicity Tayler, University of the Streets Café and many others

Please note that the Gallery’s opening hours are modified for the duration of the event:

Wednesday – Thursday: 2 to 9 pm
Friday: 2 to 10 pm
Saturday: noon to 5 pm
Sunday – Monday – Tuesday: closed

Daily Activities Schedule
Ways of Thinking

The at once famous and controversial statement uttered by Canada’s former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was a response to the political crisis that swept Quebec in the wake of the Quiet Revolution. The 1970s were a period of major transformations for Quebec society. For the generation to which Romeo Gongora belongs, revisiting the social and political issues which arose during this period is crucial in order to pursue a continuous quiet revolution.

Intended as a unifying event exploring questions of identity, Just Watch Me is aimed at the entire Concordia University community as well as citizens of Montreal. On the one hand, this project will stimulate thought regarding identity construction, and more specifically of a neo-Québécois identity which the architects of the Quiet Revolution made possible through their endeavours. On the other, it will explore the role of the artist as a social actor as well as the state’s role in art, thus reviving the will to integrate art into society that was so prevalent in the 1970s.

This collaborative project will transform the gallery into an immersive environment inspired by artist collectives who impacted modernity in Quebec: the Mousse Spacthèque, the Fusion des arts group, the Fondation du théâtre d’environnement intégral and the periodicals Parti Pris and Liberté among others. Comprising several performance activities and works, which will involve the public throughout the month, the event will turn the gallery into a social club focused on dialogue and collective creation.

This way of coming together and of thinking through identity in its various forms is part of an artistic practice that proposes social and political alternatives through mediation work based on the notion of critical consciousness or “conscientization” (as theorized by Paulo Freire), participative action (according to Orlando Fals Borda) and transdisciplinarity.


Come join the festivities!

Information about daily activities during the event can be found by following these links:
The project’s website clubjwm.com
the Events section on our website
and our facebook page