While biennial visitors can see works by established names such as Christian Boltanski or Annette Messager in the more clearly distinguished venues, casual city wanderers may also find themselves unwittingly face-to-face with pop-up installations. This year, over 10 biennial commissioned public art works (twice that of the last edition) decorate the city’s harsh winter landscape, whether on windows, buses or installed on the street itself.
Here are five not to miss:
Jocelyn Robert (Canada) presents L’il y a (2016-17). Visible in the evenings, this video work is a self-portrait in which other faces from digital image banks slowly accumulate to reference the countless representations present in our real and virtual worlds, and to question the ways in which identity is constructed. Rue des Remparts
Société Réaliste (France) has installed U.N. Camouflage (2012). The French duo reimagines a world without political and cultural borders. Amalgamating the flags of the 193 U.N. Member States, the work creates new emblems for a multi-coloured world community united by diversity. Rue Saint-Vallier Est
Jean Dubois’s (Canada) Tourmente (2015) is a playful interactive installation where the public can transform a series of portraits projected on a giant screen by blowing into a microphone on their mobile phones to question the contortions adopted when faced with the distress of others. L’Eglise St-Roch
Yeondoo Jung (Seoul, Korea) created La Chasse Galerie (2016) from accounts from random interviews on what theChasse-Galerie (“flying canoe”) is. Using this anonymous material to create contemporary photographic versions of it during his 2016 summer residency, the series explores how the imagination alters preconceived notions of history. RTC Bus line 800
Ælab and Guillaume Arseneault (Canada) have produced an immersive projection entitled Irradier (2016-17). The sound-based work delves into critical and poetic notions of wireless communication signals in urban landscapes. Rue Saint-Jean Tutto
Manif d’art runs until 14 May in Quebec City, Canada. For more information visit manifdart.org