Past Exhibitions 2020

9 dec 2020 – 24 jan 2021


COME AS YOU ARE 15 artists come out as raw and honest as one can be, no need to make pretty. Young, elder, queer and straight, First Nations, last nations of immigrants, no distinctions under Covid. A virus doesn’t see colour, race or gender.

2020 is a year that will not go unnoticed in the history books. Event after event, the stories born from this time will be remembered long after we become memories. The pandemic changed the conventions of “normal” in the midst of an unprecedented, divided world. At the apex of this crisis, we were awakened by the crying for justice by communities historically oppressed by systemic racism.

All the while, the world wonders why reality show presidents replaced truth and decency for so long. What could be said from a year so extraordinary, complex, and for so many, sad to the core? “Come as You Are” tries to peer into that question by asking artists to look deep inside their souls and capture what 2020 has become.

“Come as You Are” encourages one to be naked from everything else upon reflection, as it is a forced stop to look around and inside, discovering the new perspectives that are also learning opportunities. Come as you are to a year where we have found the essence of what matters. Come as you are to understand individuals’ impact on communities and recognize the value of life, friendship, and family. Come as you are to a year of collaboration, a year of survival, a year to review priorities.

Come as you are.

Carolina Echeverria & Cristian Zaelzer (Curators)


Come as You Are.

Come as you are, as you were As I want you to be As a friend, as a friend As an old enemy Take your time, hurry up Choice is yours, don’t be late Take a rest as a friend As an old Memoria, memoria Memoria, memoria Come doused in mud, soaked in bleach As I want you to be As a trend, as a friend As an old Memoria, memoria Memoria, memoria And I swear that I don’t have a gun No, I don’t have a gun No, I don’t have a gun…


By Dorota Kozinska

What a titillating title! What a creative scope for unbridled expression in the times of a pandemic. We come as we are to our numerous Zoom sessions, made up on top, with bunny slippers under the desk and out of view, so why not stand in front of the canvas stripped of all artifice and pretence? This is who I am, this is how I feel, and here is my story… But if you think the title refers to a fun party invitation, you are in for a surprise.

The tales spun via the magical conduit that is Art deal with issues of profound importance to each and every participant in this show, and they are many, fifteen to be exact, and each as unique as the other. Their stories talk of solitude amidst a crowd, of feeling outside of the common discourse, of a longing to be heard. “Come As You Are” gives a voice to these feeling, and in the process raises our awareness while validating their spirit. There are words attached to the images, even though the works of art speak their own language. It is a great effort for an artist to dress their soul in words while having at their disposal the arsenal of creative, tactile media. But there is a power in the spoken word and it should, and does, accompany the visual presentation.

For some, like photographer Alex Tran, the pandemic and the isolation that followed had him turn his camera on himself. ” The year 2020 for me has exposed our inability as a society to comprehend and trust the scientific process in the face of a global crisis. Mutation is a visual game of telephone that represents our distortions and appropriations of truths and facts.” Maria Ezcurra’s inspiration for dealing with these times brought to mind the migration of birds, traversing great distances between Quebec and South America, messengers travelling between cultures and realities, and she reached for the Mexican tradition of “papel picado” (cur paper, which symbolizes the wind), for her work Lightness. Agata Kozanecka chose mixed media for her piece symbolizing her personal journey through these difficult times of the pandemic. ” In confinement as we are bare, stripped of the illusion of the recent past yet still standing.” Michael Clague’s work, Winter is coming, echoes with his words: “I’m here as I am, no less no more. I come as the dark winter nears. The wind blows hard and cold. I hold my breath.” And on and on… the words weave a silent tapestry, like a Greek chorus behind the artworks on display, engaging the viewer in a profound dialogue that reaches beyond the canvas. Eclectic, unabashedly personal, they draw on a variety of mediums and styles, from figurative to abstract, from photography to textiles, from mixed media to painting. There is a heartbreaking honesty in each contribution, and together they create a formidable forum for discussion, for sharing, for being vulnerable while holding strong. Such is the power of art, and of the human… common… spirit.

©Dorota Kozinska, 2020 Dorota Kozinska is an international writer and art critic based in Montréal, Canada.

Bead by Bead, a group exhibition of Indigenous beading – exposition / exhibition

November 18 – December 6

Bead by Bead exhibition 2020 november

Cetter exposition aura lieu à l’Atelier d’art Métèque de 18 novembre au 6 decembre 2020


Bead by Bead is coming to fruition thanks to the unstoppable resilience of indigenous people. Bead by Bead is the result of bridging immigrants to First Nations through the arts collective Native-Immigrant (

During Covid, Kahnawake was in lockdown, and the bead shop became inaccessible to many outside the reserve.  Oskenontona (Philip) Deering, the shop owner and Cultural Interpreter of Native-Immigrant (, opened up a second shop on the island. The Beadman Emporium is now part of Métèque, a collaborative art space in NDG – (

Oskenontona is The Beadman, and we are starting a long conversation about beads.  Why? Because beads are like the letters of the words agreed upon through wampums.  How many newcomers know about wampums? How can we as Canadians of diverse cultural origins know about agreements made between Canada and Native Land if we don’t know about wampums? How can all Canadians respect agreements with Indigenous Peoples if they don’t know about beads and wampums?

Well, we obviously need to start a conversation.  Bead by Bead, word by word, wampum by wampum.

Please join us in this fierce and courageous exhibition amidst covid, anxiety and transgenerational fears.

Métèque atelier d’art invites you to a group exhibit of beading by thirteen Indigenous artists entitled Bead by Bead. This diverse show encompasses post modern expressions of Indigeneity, fashion jewellery and powwow regalia dedicated to MMIWG. Each artist in this exhibit has a unique voice as an Indigenous artist or artisan and this is reflected not only in the quality of the work being presented, but in the diversity of who these First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists represent. The show reflects our ties to this land, our languages, our values about relationship building, our aesthetic traditions and our contemporary realities as Indigenous peoples living on colonized territories. The show features both established and emerging artists. The show runs at Métèque, in Montreal, from Nov. 18th to Dec. 6th and is open to the public.


Ni Perdón Ni Olvido – Les Chiliens de Montréal – exposition / exhibition

October 21 – November 15

Ni Perdón Ni Olvido - Les Chiliens de Montréal - exposition / exhibition

21 oct – 15 nov 2020

Création de la robe commémorative des Chiliens de Montréal. Au moment historique où ce pays se bat pour une nouvelle constitution, nous nous souvenons de tous ceux qui ont souffert de l’exil, de la persécution et de l’adoption d’un nouveau foyer au Canada.

Ce projet est financé par le CAM (Conseil des Arts de Montréal).
Artist Ivan Atehortua discusses new show at Atelier Métèque: La Caja de Juguetes

Exposition – La caja de juguetes, Ivan Atehortua

9 septembre au 4 octobre 2020

Hosted by Native Immigrant and Métèque

Ivan Atehortua - 2020 Sep - La Caja de Juguetes
Ivan Atehortua – 2020 Sep – La Caja de Juguetes

Ivan Atehortua - 2020 Sep - La Caja de Juguetes

Ivan Atehortua – 2020 Sep – La Caja de Juguetes

English will follow

Exposition individuelle d’un mois de l’artiste Ivan Atehortua

Ivan Atehortua utilise des jouets et des objets trouvés pour créer de l’art depuis son enfance. Il s’accroche à des objets du passé et les remixe avec le présent dans un processus qui reflète son parcours d’immigration. Ses peintures d’assemblage explorent la façon dont l’émigration de la Colombie vers le Canada a affecté son identité. Il compare la sélection et le remix des objets avec la façon dont il adapte les souvenirs et les références pour se définir en tant que citoyen des deux pays.

Cette exposition solo d’un mois à la galerie Métèque présentera des œuvres réalisées à Montréal au cours des 5 dernières années et fait partie du projet “Chez nous Chez vous”. Elle comprendra également un studio ouvert où le public pourra voir sa collection d’objets trouvés et deux ateliers où les gens créeront leurs propres œuvres en utilisant la technique d’assemblage d’Ivan.

One-month solo exhibition of the artist Ivan Atehortua

Ivan Atehortua has been using toys and found objects to create art since his childhood. He holds on to objects from the past and remixes them with the present in a process that reflects his path of immigration. His assemblage paintings explore how emigrating from Colombia to Canada has affected his identity, he compares the selection and remix of objects with the way he accommodates memories and references to define himself as a citizen of both countries.

This one-month solo exhibition at Meteque will show works done in Montreal during the last 5 years and is part of the project “Chez nous Chez vous”. It will also include an open studio where the audience can see his collection of found objects and two workshops where people will create their own artwork using Ivan’s assemblage technique.

L’Atelier d’ART Métèque et Native Immigrant poursuivent le partenariat avec Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) pour son tout nouveau projet CHEZ NOUS CHEZ VOUS auprès des publics de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce et de Côte-des-Neiges.

Émané du Service de la diversité et de l’inclusion sociale – Bureau d’intégration des nouveaux arrivants à Montréal (SDIS-BINAM), ce projet est financé via l’entente avec le Ministère de l’immigration, de la francisation et de l’intégration (MIFI).

THE LIVE WINDOW ART SHOW – exposition / exhibition

July 7 – August 15

LIVE Window Art Show 2020

THE LIVE WINDOW ART SHOW – Venez Vous Inspirer, Come and get inspired

7 juillet – 15 août 2020, 7 July – 15 August 2020

Live Window Art Show is an exploration of how to make art more accessible in difficult times of the Covid pandemic.

Today, creative expression is essential more than ever. It brings beauty to our lives and connects us with others. It keeps us curious and in touch with our thoughts and feelings. It offers a relief from overwhelming stress.

We are very excited to present 6 artists, their artwork and their creative environments set up in the windows of our gallery. We hope it will give the opportunity to the public to witness and participate in the creative process.

Live Window Art Show est une exploration de la manière de rendre l’art plus accessible dans les moments difficiles de la pandémie de Covid.

Aujourd’hui, l’expression créative est plus importante que jamais. Elle apporte de la beauté à nos vies et nous relie aux autres. Elle nous rend curieux et nous permet de rester en contact avec nos pensées et nos sentiments. Elle nous soulage d’un stress accablant.

Nous sommes très heureux de présenter 6 artistes, leurs œuvres et leurs environnements créatifs installés dans les vitrines de notre galerie. Nous espérons que cela donnera au public l’occasion de témoigner et de participer au processus créatif.

Week 1
7th of July to 11th of July
Ivan Atehortua, Sneak Peek of My Workshop, mixed media/collage

Week 2
14th of July to 18th of July
Dan Aronson, Bottega, mixed media

Week 3
21st of July to 25th of July
Kevin Jenne, Ice Art in July, painting

Week 4
28th of July to 1st of August
Linda Rutenberg, Still Life with Still Life, photography

Week 5
4rd of August to 8th of August
Mona Rutenberg, Watch, Witness and Respond, sculpture

Week 6
11th of August to 15th of August
Judith Brisson, Batik, History and Techniques, Batik technique demonstration

Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert


at Atelier d’art Métèque –
from June 3rd to July 3rd 2020~

In lieu of a vernissage, we will donate food to Resilience Montreal
The gallery will be open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 to 5 pm – a maximum of five people are allowed at a time – hand sanitizer will be provided.
Q&A by Dorota Kozinska will be available online from June 3, 2020.

Ni Perdón Ni Olvido is an innovative, unifying visual arts project that aims to have a significant social impact, with a focus on the immigrant and Aboriginal communities of the Montreal region. The project includes an exhibition of Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert’s photographs at the Atelier d’art Métèque, among other activities that will soon be programmed, if the virus permits. This project is funded by CAM (Conseil des Arts de Montréal)

The project Ni Perdón Ni Olvido (Neither Forgiveness nor Forgetting) responds to a strident need to tell his story, to talk about his experiences with immigration and dictatorship. These raw stories will be exhibited in all their violence and splendour, and aim to create a social movement of deliverance from suffering, a sense of belonging to a group and to forge links between different cultural groups.

Ni Perdón Ni Olvido gives immigrant and aboriginal communities a platform for visibility in the Montreal art scene. The project aims to rejuvenate immigrant art and facilitate social integration in our communities. It aims to break down social barriers and create opportunities for intercultural sharing.

Due to the current situation, some of the activities planned for this event have been postponed and revised according to distance socialization standards.

We will keep you informed!

For more information, please contact Carolina Echeverría at 514 928 8906

RCI (Radio Canada International) Interview with Eleuthera

Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert Talks New Photo Exhibition Ecos y Transparencias


Par Dorota Kozinska

Lorsqu’on lui demande quels artistes l’inspirent, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert n’hésite pas: “Ceux qui créent parce qu’ils doivent le faire.”

Il est clair qu’elle appartient à cette catégorie ; ses belles photographies sont sa façon de s’engager avec le monde qui l’entoure, sans broncher, sans ruse, et avec une présence indélébile qui est son esprit. Et son talent.

Les images d’Eleuthera illustrent parfaitement – et de manière unique – le thème de l’exposition, Ni Perdón Ni Olvido, et le mandat de Native Immigrant et de l’Atelier d’Art Métèque : un projet d’arts visuels novateur, visant à établir des parallèles entre l’expérience de la dictature subie par les Premières Nations et celle des immigrants qui ne sont pas différents.

Ecos y Transparencias est sa contribution aux histoires puissantes, souvent crues, qui marquent l’expérience des immigrants ; une histoire qui doit souvent traiter non seulement de l’exclusion et de l’abandon, mais aussi de la lutte contre la dictature et la violence. L’impact social de son imagerie est atténué par la beauté pure des photographies qui entraînent le spectateur dans un voyage visuel sur écran partagé. Un drapeau uruguayen en lambeaux, suspendu en lambeaux, bordé d’images d’un océan et d’une vue satellite d’une rivière serpentante. En dessous, un groupe de personnes jetant des cendres au vent. Silencieux, dos à la caméra, ils sont témoins de la douleur, tout comme le spectateur, entraîné par inadvertance dans la cérémonie solennelle.

Soudain, le thème de l’exposition passe au premier plan : Pas de pardon, pas d’oubli, et nous sommes maintenus en place alors que l’œil continue de scruter le storyboard. Les personnages tournent, les visages sont exposés, accompagnés d’une photographie de bougies votives, mais ce qui attire l’attention du spectateur est un tout petit geste, une touche consolante d’une main au dos baissée en deuil.

C’est la touche Eleuthera, et on la retrouve dans toutes ses images, car elle tisse sa propre histoire, sans jamais succomber à de faciles accroissements visuels, s’appuyant au contraire sur une présentation nuancée, permettant aux images de dire leur vérité de manière calme et subtile.

Armé de cette connaissance réconfortante, le spectateur est libre de s’engager avec les photographies sans préjugés ni peur, en utilisant sa propre compréhension du thème pour déchiffrer le lexique visuel de l’artiste. Sa richesse est infinie, car les images se mélangent et bougent sous nos yeux, la lecture changeant à chaque fragment de vie capturé : des pièces d’échecs attendant d’être déplacées, des bateaux dans une marina tranquille assis sur une eau calme comme sur un miroir, un homme âgé absorbé dans un livre, des objets obliques dans un bol, des brins d’algues traçant un motif sur une plage de sable.

Malgré le thème, ce sont de magnifiques œuvres d’art. L’utilisation de la couleur par l’artiste est à la fois intuitive et très stylisée, la juxtaposition d’images monochromes ne fait qu’ajouter à l’appréciation de la mosaïque posée devant nous.

Il y a de la poésie dans chacune des photographies d’Eleuthera, et lorsqu’elles sont combinées, elles deviennent une ode à la beauté de la nature et à la résilience de l’esprit humain, et à la façon dont ces deux éléments ne peuvent jamais être détruits. Malgré et contre tout cela, ce sont des images d’espoir, et en elles se trouvent à la fois le pardon et l’oubli, facilement réalisables, même quand ils sont impossibles. C’est par l’alchimie de l’art que de telles notions sont transformées, et ayant choisi la photographie pour transmettre son message, l’artiste nous a donné l’outil le plus visuel et le plus accessible pour accomplir cette tâche. Nous, les spectateurs, sommes maintenant les porteurs de sa vérité, et il nous appartient de ne jamais l’oublier.

Mais le pardon appartient à Eleuthera, et à tous ceux qui ont souffert… pour que d’autres ne le fassent pas.

Le projet Ni Perdón Ni Olvido (2020) est le premier d’une série d’événements annuels de Native Immigrant, financés par le CAM (Conseils des Arts de Montréal), qui se dérouleront à l’Atelier d’Art Métèque, sous la direction artistique de Carolina Echeverría.

Dorota Kozinska, 2020

Dorota Kozinska est une écrivaine et critique d’art internationale basée à Montréal, au Canada.


By Dorota Kozinska

When asked what artists inspire her, Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert does not hesitate:

“Those who create because they must.”
It is clear that she belongs to that category; her beautiful photographs are her way of engaging with the world around her, without flinching, without guile, and with an indelible presence that is her spirit. And talent.

Eleuthera’s images are the perfect – and unique – illustration of the theme of the exhibition, Ni Perdón Ni Olvido, and mandate of Native Immigrant and the Atelier d’Art Métèque: an innovative visual arts project, aimed at drawing parallels between the experience of dictatorship endured by the First Nations and that of immigrants which are not dissimilar.

Ecos y Transparencias is her contributions to the powerful, often raw stories that mark the immigrant experience; one that often has to deal not only with exclusion and abandonment, but also the struggle against dictatorship and violence. The social impact of her imagery is mitigated by the pure beauty of the photographs drawing the viewer into a split-screen visual voyage. A tattered Uruguayan flag suspended in flutter, bordered by images of an ocean and a satellite view of a snaking river. Underneath it, a group of people tossing ashes into the wind. Silent figures, their backs to the camera, they are witnesses to pain, as is the viewer, inadvertently drawn into the solemn ceremony.

Suddenly, the theme of the exhibition shimmies to the foreground: No forgiveness, no forgetting, and we are held in place as the eye continues to scan the storyboard. The figures turn, the faces are exposed, accompanied by a photograph of votive candles, but what catches the viewer’s attention is one tiny gesture, a consoling touch of a hand on the back stooped in mourning.

That is the Eleuthera touch, and it can be found in all of her images, as she weaves her own tale, never succumbing to facile visual accruements, relying instead on a nuanced presentation, allowing the images to speak their truth in a quiet, subtle way.

Armed with that comforting knowledge, the viewer is free to engage with the photographs without prejudice or fear, employing their own understanding of the theme to decipher the artist’s visual lexicon. Its wealth is endless, as the images shuffle and move in front of our eyes, the reading changing with each captured fragment of life: chess pieces waiting to be moved, boats in a quiet marina sitting on still water as if on a mirror, an elderly man engrossed in a book, oblique objects in a bowl, strands of seaweed tracing a pattern on a sandy beach.

The theme notwithstanding, these are magnificent works of art. The artist’s use of colour is both intuitive and highly stylized, the juxtaposition of monochromatic images only adds to the appreciation of the mosaic laid in front of us.

There is poetry in each and everyone of Eleuthera’s photographs, and when combined they become an ode to the beauty of nature and the resilience of the human spirit, and of how these two can never be destroyed. Despite and against it all, these are images of hope, and in them lies both the pardon and the forgetting, easily done, even when impossible. It is through the alchemy of art, that such notions are transformed, and having chosen photography to transmit her message, the artist has given us the most visual, accessible tool to accomplish the task. We, the viewers, are now the bearers of her truth, and it is up to us to never forget.

But the pardon belongs to Eleuthera, and all those who have suffered… so that others will not.

The project, Ni Perdón Ni Olvido (2020) is the first in a series of planned annual events of Native Immigrant, funded by CAM (Conseils des Arts de Montreal), taking place at Atelier d’Art Métèque, under the Artistic Direction of Carolina Echeverría.

©Dorota Kozinska, 2020

Dorota Kozinska is an international writer and art critic based in Montréal, Canada.

Let’s Get Wild

celebrating our 3rd birthday March 11th to April 3rd – vernissage March 11th 5-7PM

Come join us in celebration, a third year in this kind of journey, it’s a huge achievement!
The exhibition compiles local artists’ sculptures, photographs and paintings. Let’s Get Wild was an impromptu invitation to participate, submit, select and invite in 24 hours – Wild Artists have answered!!! and here we go – the show will run until April 3rd.

Venez vous joindre à nous pour célébrer, une troisième année dans ce genre de voyage, c’est une immense réussite! L’exposition rassemble des sculptures, photographies et peintures d’artistes locaux. Let’s Get Wild était une invitation impromptue à participer, soumettre, sélectionner et inviter en 24 heures – Wild Artists a répondu !!! et c’est parti – le spectacle se poursuivra jusqu’au 3 avril.

LET'S GET WILD - exposition / exhibition
LET’S GET WILD – exposition / exhibition

LET'S GET WILD - exposition / exhibition

LET’S GET WILD – exposition / exhibition