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Unjust Geographies

Outdoor urban cinema

Documentary series that explores unjust hierarchies, forms of inequality or simply how citizens around the world experience the negative effects of an unjust society.

The series of documentaries Unjust Geographies organized by DARE-DARE and Alice Covatta, architect and assistant professor at the Faculty of Planning at UdeM, explores unjust hierarchies, forms of inequality, or simply how citizens experience the negative effects of an unjust society around the world. Each session will feature a guest speaker.

Unjust Geographies is part of the DARE-DARE: Nomadic, Modular and Transitory Artists-run Centre partnership, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. DARE-DARE and Alice Covatta of the School of Architecture at UdeM are partnering with the objective of mutually creating a decision-making guide and conceptualization tool for the architectural program of DARE-DARE.

Through a year-long partnership, DARE-DARE: Nomadic, Modular and Transitory Artist-run Centre will give students the opportunity to gain knowledge about the social dynamics emerging from the Montreal metropolis. These researchers will be challenged to rethink spatial strategies for the design of a new art center that addresses social, political, environmental, economic and urban issues. They will be trained in the challenges of partnership research. Through this, this research program aims to define and articulate methodological tools to evaluate innovative urban and architectural strategies for a nomadic artist-run center and will provide relevant solutions for the new DARE-DARE headquarters. This guide will take the form of an inventory of international architectural projects in order to identify innovative, economical, modular, adapted and eco-responsible solutions for a nomadic artist-run center positioned in a transitional pavilion architecture.

September 7 ➜ with Denis Valiquette

Co-writer of the documentary

À Saint Henri le 26 août | collective, 2011 | 1h25 min. | original version with English subtitles

Shot in 24 hours, À St-Henri, le 26 août brings together some of Quebec's most brilliant documentary filmmakers around this former working-class neighborhood of Montreal. In a direct cinema style, on the lookout for the stories that make up the thickness of a day in the daily life of the neighborhood, this film follows trajectories that rub shoulders or cross paths while remaining opaque to each other. In 2010, Saint-Henri offers us a microcosm that wonderfully reflects how time and change are inscribed in an urban space that has remained deeply rooted in its vibrant industrial past.

Denis Valiquette grew up between St-Henri and Little Burgundy at a time when vacant lots and disused factories still had much to offer. In 2001, while the gentrification of his neighbourhood was in its early stages, he helped found the Comité de quartier Sud-Ouest and its newspaper La rue Brique. His involvement in urban struggles continued through various initiatives, squats, social centers, film projects (À St-Henri le 26 août) and collective writing. He is interested in the practices of social disengagement and the uses of shame in Quebec history. He is currently completing a master's degree in creative writing at UQAM.

September 14 ➜ with Célia Bensiali

Knowledge mobilization coordinator

TRYSPACES is an active research partnership since 2017 led by Julie-Anne Boudreau. This multidisciplinary partnership brings together interdisciplinary researchers and students, multimedia artists, social workers, urban professionals and adolescents and young adults from Mexico City, Montreal, Paris and Hanoi. TRYSPACES explores the relationship between the presence of youth in public spaces and the way they experience this visibility.