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Orange 2022

ORANGE, Contemporary Art Event of Saint-Hyacinthe – 7th edition
Art and the Agri-food Industry

*Due to the exceptional situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th edition of ORANGE, scheduled for 2021, has been postponed to summer 2022.


For the 7th edition of ORANGE, presented in summer 2022, Le Jardin Daniel A. Séguin is a major partner.
ORANGE will be presented from June 4 to September 22, 2022, doubling the event’s program period (14 weeks).
In collaboration with the artist-run centre Vrille | art actuel, the ORANGE triennial expands to La Pocatière and the Kamouraska region throughout the summer.

ORANGE 2022 – Cultivating Humility

June 4 to September 11, 2022

Guest curators: Elise Anne LaPlante and Véronique Leblanc

What do we want to learn from plants? How can gardens embody plural spaces of knowledge and transmission while revealing coherent ways of being in the world? Cultivating humility seeks to untangle a concept of the garden as a defined space of cultivation to better understand and transform the power dynamics that have been established between different life forms. This curatorial project is an invitation to identify and highlight the resistance of plants. This power cannot be reduced to any definitive form and is discerned namely through their slow growth, toxicity, regenerative ability, and fragility.

Woods, vacant lots, riverbanks, vegetable gardens, flower beds, and forests are just a few of the spaces where alternative gardening practices flourish and advocate for rethinking the scientific and museological methods used to classify and represent the living. A wide range of artistic and community initiatives have formed critical responses to the patriarchal and colonial concept of vegetation that permeates the Western history of plants. These initiatives reflect the diversity of world views and underline the affective, cultural, ritualistic, and curative dimensions of plants, while shedding light on the processes of erasure, dispossession, and exoticisation that colonialism has instilled. As we prepare for the next edition of ORANGE, our attention and energy will focus on recognizing this interdependent relationship and our responsibility in honouring these practices.

Artists will be invited to present their work in a variety of locations over the summer of 2021, including at EXPRESSION, at the Jardin Daniel A. Séguin in Saint-Hyacinthe, and in other sites throughout the county of Kamouraska.

Elise Anne and Véronique

Elise Anne LaPlante and Véronique Leblanc form the duo of curators for the next edition of ORANGE. Thanks to their respective professional careers and personal journeys, each is experienced with decentralized art events. Elise Anne is interested in feminist and queer approaches, and Véronique explores the links between art and politics. These perspectives are brought together in a shared concern for de-hierarchization of knowledge and attention to the circulation of discourses in the social space.