Art critic and exhibition curator
Chantal Pontbriand was the director and founder of the contemporary art magazine PARACHUTE (1975-2007). From 1982 to 2003, she chaired and ran the FIND (Festival International de Nouvelle Dance) in Montreal.
She was the Head of Exhibition Research and Development at the Tate Modern in London from 2010 to 2011. Among her recent exhibitions are “HF RG” (Harun Farocki Rodney Graham) in 2009 at the Jeu de Paume in Paris; in 2010 she produced “Higher Powers Command” (based on a work by Sigmar Polke, 1968); Lhoist Collection in Belgium, and “the Yvonne Rainer Project” at the BFI Gallery in London.
In 2011, she developed the platform for Paris Photo at the Grand Palais in the form of the curatorial project entitled: “Mutations, perspectives sur la photographie”. In 2012, she founded the company PONTBRIAND W.O.R.K.S (We_Others and Myself_Research_Knowledge_Systems). Chantal Pontbriand has consulted on many subjects: museology, strategic development, cultural politics, international jury’s, acquisition committee’s, as well as government grants and subsidies. She has won a number of awards such as the Grand Prix de la Ville de Montreal for the Festival International de la Nouvelle Dance (FIND).
She has delved deeply into questions about contemporary issues of cultural and artistic hybridity and globalization over the last two decades. Among others, she has been part of the committees of the Fondation Prince Pierre Monaco, SAM Art Projects and the Global Art Awards. She is a director at the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art).
Chantal Pontbriand has a profound knowledge of the international visual arts scene, dance and museums. She travels regularly to North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in the interest of her research or development of partnerships and projects with governments and institutions of different countries.
In 2013 Chantal Pontbriand received the Governor General of Canada Award for outstanding contribution in the visual and Media Arts. She is currently the CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto.