PERICULUM fulfills its educational mission by supporting projects by artists and thinkers working in the field of contemporary art and by presenting artistic or research initiatives to the public through its website. The Foundation aims to support exploratory or discursive initiatives in art whose critical value sometimes exists on the margins of institutional frameworks. It supports the development of visual art, sound, and textual projects (film, installation, performance, photography, image-based, sculpture, etc. or their imbrication), as well as proposals for critical reflection through discourse. The Foundation favours risk-taking, deep thinking, and long-term or multi-stage projects. It particularly supports initiatives that reflect on cultural production, its history and the society in which it evolves, and is interested in projects that question the very practice of art, its narratives, institutions, and economy.


An advisory committee of peers from the contemporary art field assists the Foundation in distributing its funds.

Vincent Bonin is a writer and a curator. He lives in Montreal. In 2012, with curator Catherine J. Morris, he co-organized Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum. In 2014, he organized the exhibition D’un discours qui ne serait pas du semblant / Actors, Networks, Theories at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery and Dazibao, Montreal, focusing on the reception of “French Theory.” In 2014, he curated Passages to abstraction: Geneviève Cadieux at de Musée d’art de Joliette. In 2016, he organized Response, a dialogue with philosopher Catherine Malabou, at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme. Bonin has edited and written several books. His essays have been published by the magazines Canadian Art and Fillip, the Centre André Chastel, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Les presses du réel, Sternberg Press and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others.
Since 2015, Marie-Hélène Leblanc has occupied the position of director and curator of Galerie UQO at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Her curatorial practice has led her to produce around thirty projects to date presented in a variety of exhibition structures in Quebec, the rest of Canada and Europe. She has been the executive director of the artist-run centre Espace Virtuel (now BANG) in Chicoutimi and the artistic director of the production centre DAÏMÕN in Gatineau. Marie-Hélène Leblanc is a doctoral candidate in Studies and Art Practices at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where her research examines the connections between storytelling in relation with time (the narrative element versus the historical element) in contemporary artistic practices addressing war since 1990. In 2018 she received the Emerging award from the Société des musées du Québec and in 2013, she received the Jean-Claude Rochefort grant for contemporary art curating from the Fondation de l’UQAM.
Catherine Lescarbeau is currently pursuing a PhD in Études et pratiques des arts at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). As a multidisciplinary artist, she is interested in the relationship between conceptual art and institutional criticism, as well as the relevance of these approaches today. Her most recent research focuses on houseplants. By way of this object, Lescarbeau aims to develop an interface that allows her to reflect on the relationship between culture and nature within corporate and institutional spaces. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions and presented various performances in Quebec and France (Galerie UQO, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, La Mirage, Fonderie Darling, FRAC Lorraine).

She is implicated in the arts community notably as a member of boards and programming committees for important artistic organizations in Gatineau and Montreal such as AXENÉO7 from 2015-2022 and since 2018 on the board and the programming committee of the Fonderie Darling. She was coordinator of the research group on auctions in contemporary art (UQAM-FRQSC 2016-2019), led by the artist and professor David Tomas, for whom she was a research assistant for many years. She also teaches visual arts at the Gégep de l’Outaouais.
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