[FR] Galerie Robertson Arès est ravie de dévoiler que la photographie « Even » de l'artiste vancouverois Kriss Munsya fait désormais partie de la prestigieuse collection d'art de la Société Financière Manuvie. L'œuvre a été acquise lors de la deuxième édition de la foire d'art contemporain Plural à Montréal. Elle sera accrochée aux côtés de son texte d'accompagnement. Nous tenons à remercier Kelly McKenzie, Commissaire de la Collection d'art corporative Manuvie, d'avoir facilité cette acquisition.

À PROPOS DE KRISS MUNSYA
Kriss Munsya (née à Kinshasa) est un photographe, réalisateur et graphiste basé à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique (territoires de Musqueam, Squamish et Tsleil-Waututh). Né à Kinshasa, capitale de la République démocratique du Congo, Munsya a grandi à Bruxelles en Belgique avant de s'établir au Canada en 2019. Artiste autodidacte, sa pratique multidisciplinaire se concentre sur la relation entre les enjeux de race et de genre et les notions d'identité et de mémoire. Son approche artistique vise à réinterpréter certaines expériences en lien avec la discrimination raciale et genrée à travers un processus de reconstruction. Les œuvres de Kriss Munsya font partie de collections publiques et privées en Amérique du Nord et en Europe. Elles ont également été mentionnées dans de nombreuses publications et médias réputés tels The New Yorker, Vogue, Radio-Canada, Aesthetica Magazine, Apathy is Boring et The Georgia Straight. En 2021, Munsya était nommé finaliste du prestigieux Hopper Prize. Cette même année, sa photographie « Dream On » a intégré la Banque d'art du Conseil des Arts du Canada.

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[EN] Galerie Robertson Arès is delighted to share that ‘Even’ by Vancouver-based artist Kriss Munsya was acquired by Manulive Financial Corporation during the second edition of the contemporary art fair Plural. We would like to thank Kelly McKenzie, Curator of the Manulife Corporate Art Collection, for facilitating this acquisition. The photograph will be presented with its accompanying text: 

Even. Washed Out - Genetic Bomb, 2022. - 

M: I don’t know if they realize... I had to wash my languages and my culture away for them. 
I used to be myself, I used to dance everyday, I used to break bread with my cousins. 
Now look at what they left us.
You could say something! I just shared my thoughts with you... 

W: I don’t know if you realize... I had to wash myself away for you.
I used to be listened and cared for, I used to dance without fearing for my life, I used laugh with my brothers and sisters.
Now when you look at me, it’s that woman you see... that woman you created in your mind... not me anymore 

M: Oh... I guess we are even 

W: Damn, you will never get it 

Creative Direction & Photography: @krissmunsya
Assistants: @elvismanyale @firainempia
Models: @nashtosofficiale & Bénie Mbwewa Boda

ABOUT KRISS MUNSYA
Kriss Munsya (b. Kinshasa) is a photographer, filmmaker and graphic designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia (Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territories). Born in the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, and raised in Brussels, Belgium, Munsya has been living in Canada since 2019. A self-taught artist, his multidisciplinary practice focuses on the role of race and gender in the construction of identity and memory. His work seeks to recreate his memories of racial and gendered discrimination and, through a process of reconstruction, to actively shift their meanings. Kriss Munsya's work can be found in public and private collections across North America and Europe. Munsya has collaborated or been featured in reputable publications and media outlets such as The New Yorker, Vogue, Radio-Canada, Aesthetica Magazine, Apathy is Boring and The Georgia Straight. In 2021, Munsya was a finalist for the prestigious Hopper prize. The same year, his photograph "Dream On" was acquired by the Canada Council Art Bank.

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