Ostentatious Normality – Multidisciplinary Event

August 22 to October 2, 2016

Folie/Culture invited you to take a fresh look at a concept that is all too often a minefield of doubt, stereotypes and prejudice: normality. For six weeks, from August 22 to October 2, 2016, Folie/Culture was calling on one and all to celebrate the ostentatious jubilation of our misbehavior, with online interventions and an exhibition on the theme of Ostentatious Normality.Though euphoric subcultures living happily outside the box sometimes manage to reinvent the norm, it seems normality always bounces back to capture us in a stranglehold. At Folie/Culture, we responded with a question: How can we take normality, which is by definition drab and dull, and make it joyfully ostentatious?

Inspired by the work of “conformity agents,” our artists raised to the challenge of this vexed question with brilliant work that has broaden the spectrum of normality.

Long-term online interventions
August 22 to September 22, 2016

Maximilien Ramoul (France)
Jean-Sébastien Vague (Montreal)

Ostentatious Normality
September 22 to October 2, 2016
Le Local, 280 Christophe-Colomb Est, in Quebec City
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12–5 pm

Opening and performance: September 22, 5 pm
Meet ‘n’ greet with the artists: 4 pm

Soufia Bensaïd (Montreal), José Breton (Quebec City), Patrick Demazeau (France), Maximilien Ramoul (France), and the Massecar • d’Orion (Montreal) and Jean-Sébastien Vague (Montreal) collectives.

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 1–3 pm

Folie/Culture hosted a guided tour of the Ostentatious Normality exhibition as part of the Journées de la culture.

Press release