The integration of gardens into urban areas is historically tied to economic and political expansion. In the West, gardens develop based on profoundly dualistic ideas that oppose nature/culture and wilderness/civilization. Furthermore, it is an ostentatiously symbolic “territory” that bears witness to the economic and political power of privileged areas. Several contemporary artists have been interested in gardens: Lothar Baumgarten, Shirin Neshat, Mark Quinn, Andy Goldsworthy, Lois Weinberger, and, closer to home, Domingo Cisneros and Sonia Robertson (among others). In this talk, Édith analyzes and contextualizes some ways contemporary artists address social, political and aesthetic issues related to gardens.
Édith-Anne Pageot is a professor at the Department of art history (UQAM). Her field of specialization is 20th-century modern and contemporary art in Canada. She is interested in historiography and identity issues, and has published texts in several scientific journals, book chapters and exhibition catalogues.