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MISSION

Contraste Projects works to promote a greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of contemporary Canadian art internationally, by facilitating its dissemination abroad. We work with artists, galleries, museums, festivals and governments to produce exhibitions, artist residencies, discussions, workshops, exchanges and other cultural education vehicles which promote good will and expand the cultural exchange between Canada and countries around the world.


Having over the past few years worked with the Beijing Biennale and coordinated an exhibition of Canadian artists through ten cities in China, we will continue to build a platform for Canadian artists to successfully engage international audiences.



Staff

André-Philippe Chenail, General Manager

Board OF DirectorS

Travis Joern, President
Paul Higgins, VP Strategy and Development
Annie Briard, VP Programming and Communications
Saada El-Akhrass, Administrator
Rupert Bottenberg, Administrator
Jason Botkin, Administrator

 

PAST CONTRIBUTORS

Marie-Josée Parent
Caroline Klinkhoff
Shereen Soliman
Maxime Lapointe

 

 

 

Travis Joern, President
Travis Joern has a M.A. in East Asian Studies from McGill University, and is fluent in English, French, and Mandarin. He managed a cultural space in the old port of Montreal for 5 years, worked in Beijing as an Arts Consultant and Project Manager, and is now the Montreal Chapter Manager for the Canada-China Business Council. Having organized a rich variety of exhibitions, shows and events throughout his career, which range from small vernissages up to state dinners in Ottawa, Travis hopes to help develop Contraste as a platform for improving the international reputation of Canadian artwork and to develop a greater number of cultural exchanges abroad.
 

Paul Higgins, VP Strategy and Development
Paul Higgins has over 25 years high technology business experience at both large, multinational corporations and innovative start-up companies. He has an extensive range of expertise including executive management, marketing, business development and systems engineering. A long time student of Chinese martial arts, Paul has been teaching Tai Chi Chuan for over 20 years. He was Chief Tai Chi Chuan instructor and business adviser for the Nexus Cultural Centre, the predecessor to Contraste. Paul has always volunteered his time to help others develop and launch new businesses and hopes to help Contraste develop innovative approaches to bringing the work of Canadians artists to a broader international audience.

 

Annie Briard, VP Programming and Communications
Annie Briard is a Canadian artist based in Montreal and Vancouver holding a masters in media art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, notably at the National Film Board (Toronto), Art Souterrain and Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal), Three Shadows Art Centre (Beijing, China), eMerge Media Space (Townsville, Australia) and the Swiss Architecture Museum (Basel). In 2012, she undertook a residency at the Banff Centre and helped represent Canada at World Event Young Artists in Nottingham. She was co-founder and editor in chief of Les Fleurs du Mal art magazine, and has been at the helm of a number of cultural organizations including Studio XX (Montreal) and Access Gallery (Vancouver). She is the Director of CARFAC BC, a national oranization representing artists' rights and teaches at Vancouver-based universities.

 

Rupert Bottenberg, Administrator
Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia in 1971, Rupert Bottenberg was formerly the music editor of the Montreal Mirror newsweekly, and is co-director of EN MASSE and co-creator of Lost Myths, a cryptomythological graphic-lit project with writer Claude Lalumière. A devoted comics artist and enthusiast, he has created strips for anthologies in the US, Canada, and Europe, founded the Montreal Comic Jam events, served as comics correspondent on CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves show, and overseen comics-related events for several Montreal festivals, including the Fantasia Film Festival, with which he has worked since its inception in 1996. His commercial illustrations have graced many CD covers and publications as diverse as Screw, Star Wars Kids, and a series of Urdu- instruction textbooks for Pakistani-Canadian kids. He has also curated a number of group art shows in Montreal.

 

Jason Botkin, Administrator
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1974, Jason Botkin is the co-creator and co-director of EN MASSE. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in drawing. Botkin has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He had two solo exhibi- tions at the Galerie Pangée, [TRANS]FORMATIONS (2008) and Last Minute (2010) with accompanying catalogues. He lives and works in Montreal.

 

André-Philippe Chenail, General Manager
André-Philippe entered the art world in 2009 by producing music shows as the co-founder of Turbo productions, which helped develop the French music scene in Montreal over the course of a few years. Having been raised within French Canadian culture, Andre-Philippe is also fluent in English and Chinese Mandarin. Dedication, excellency and communication are his core values and through teaching in Quebec's High School system and managing various projects, he strives daily to help people achieve their goals. André-Philippe has the firm belief that Contraste holds all the requirements to facilitate the recognition of Canadian artworks abroad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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