Grounded simultaneously in the real world and in a world-in-making, each drawing and each conversation is an opportunity to explore different techniques, to trace possible worlds, to play with words, to give way to fantastical fabulations, to engage in poetic exchanges about the world, about the practice of drawing, about architecture, about those who draw. 

The exhibition originates from the meeting between the curators, Carole Lévesque and Thomas-Bernard Kenniff, and the Drawing Architecture research project initiated by Riet Eeckhout and Arnaud Hendrickx of KU Leuven university in Belgium. The project convened biannual meetings between a group of renowned international practitioners, offering them the opportunity to discuss their drawing practice. In a world premiere, Drawing Conversations offers a pause on these encounters by foregrounding their collective interrogation through drawings put in conversation. The exhibition expands on these encounters by focusing on the capacity of drawing to engage reflection on modes of representation, design practices and research fields, and the role of this reflection in the construction of a common world. It focuses on the collective exercise of interrogation and develops around drawing as a mechanism of interaction. 

The exhibition

Drawing Conversations brings together a remarkable corpus of drawings, the majority of which have never been shown to the public, punctuated by sound extracts from conversations recorded during the group’s meetings over the past four years. These conversations, initially restricted to the collective, are expanded in the exhibition as it itself creates a space for new dialogues: The exhibition will host the 2nd international colloquium of BéPI (Bureau d’étude de pratiques indisciplinées), -in drawing, from 14 to 16 September, and drawing workshops open to the public, led by five participants in the exhibition from Europe and Canada, from 24 to 27 October. 

Exhibition developed by the UQAM’s Design Centre, with the support of our partners.