Founded in 1979 in Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean, Langage Plus is a multidisciplinary contemporary art centre which promotes artistic enquiry and creation and the dissemination of often unusual works of art. Our programming includes various exhibition, residence, performance, event and publication projects. To these regular activities are added occasional projects.
The centre’s geographic location influences its operations and its artistic orientations, which centre on three concerns: the land and its appropriation; individual and collective identity; and enquiry into contemporary art, its place in the community and the process of its making. The centre’s programs support artists and curators of various cultural and geographic backgrounds, in particular young artists. It hosts Canadian and foreign artists in residence as a way of encouraging cultural diversity. Through its foreign exchange programs, it promotes the work of the artists it supports by contributing to the visibility of Quebec and the rest of Canada on the international stage.
Since 2003, an agreement with the Agence culturelle d’Alsace and the Front régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) provides exchanges between Alma and Strasbourg. These projects with France, and a recent collaboration with Israel, contribute to the promotion of Canadian artists abroad while at the same time hosting artists from different cultures at Langage Plus. In addition, these residencies enable artists to undertake a publication project while at the same time benefiting from a unique artistic experience and developing a new network of artistic contacts.
One of the fundamental goals of Langage Plus is to provide its member artists and the artists it supports with professional, high-quality assistance while at the same time offering its public a window on the world. This priority coincides with the centre’s artistic mission by promoting openness to diverse cultures in such a way as to question the existing relationships between identity, territory and art.