Landscape colour photo showing a detail from the "Setting the Table" exhibition. White shelves occupy the white wall of the Artexte exhibition room. Several coloured documents and publications are visible, or partially visible. On the left, in the foreground of the photo, the back of a light-coloured wooden chair is visible, alongside a partially visible table covered in a tablecloth coloured blue with orange and red motifs.
Manon Tourigny ,”Setting the Table”, exhibition view, Artexte (2024) © Paul Litherland

Discussion about Setting the Table

with Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf, and Karen Tam 譚嘉文

June 8, 2024 — 2:30 to 5:00 pm @ Artexte’s reading room

As part of the public programming surrounding the Setting the Table exhibition curated by Manon Tourigny, attend a bilingual discussion between artists Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Karen Tam 譚嘉文. 

Moderated by Manon Tourigny, this conversation will focus on Vieux Buffet (2011-2024) by Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf and Chef Lee’s Wok’n’Roll Garden by Karen Tam 譚嘉文, currently on view at Artexte, and their relationship to culinary cultures, as well as the processes of collecting and accumulation, which characterize both works. 

Following the discussion, tea will be served alongside Cookine’s delicious scones and decadent cookies. 


Schedule of the event:

2:30 pm: discussion with the artists and Q&A

3:30 pm: tea and snacks by Cookine and visit of the exhibition

5:00 pm: end of the event. 


The discussion will be in French and English. 



Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf is an artist, writer, and curator who studied art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His works represent collections, inventories, and classifications that examine popular culture, along with official and fringe contemporary narratives. Phaneuf has exhibited in many artist-run centres, galleries, and museums in Canada.  The author of several literary works, such as Cavalcade en cyclorama (Le Quartanier, 2013), Carousel encyclopédique des grandes vérités de la vie moderne (La Peuplade, 2020), and Mauvaises herbes (Le Laps, 2023), he has also published numerous artist books, including Hockeyeurs (Musée ambulant, 2021). On stage, he has presented his narrated slide show Fins périples dans les vaisseaux du manège global (since 2015) throughout Québec and in France. Based in Québec City, he mostly follows recipes from the New York Times Cooking app, and has long considered getting a tattoo of a meat cooking temperature chart on his left forearm.


Karen Tam 譚嘉文 is a Tiohtià:ke/Montréal-based artist whose research and installation work focus on the constructions and imaginations of cultures, communities, and sites of cultural encounters. Since 2000, she has exhibited her work and participated in residencies in North America, Europe, and China, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and the He Xiangning Art Museum. Tam was the winner of the 2021 Giverny Capital Prize awarded by the Fondation Giverny pour l’art contemporain. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths (University of London) and an MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the Adjunct Curator at Griffin Art Projects and is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.


Manon Tourigny was born, lives and works in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. She holds a master’s degree in arts studies from UQAM, and is a curator and author. She is interested in video art, photography, performance and artistic practices that take place in public space. She has written numerous articles for specialized magazines (Ciné bulles, CV photo, esse arts + opinions, Vies des arts, Espace et Inter), in addition to writing exhibition texts for various organizations (artist-run centers, exhibitions centers and museums). For more than 20 years, she has been involved in the visual arts community, notably with VIVA! art action, DARE-DARE, the RCAAQ and Centre CLARK as co-general and artistic director. She is a member of the Regroupement de pairs des arts indépendants de recherche et d’expérimentation (REPAIRE). In 2024, she will be publishing a storybook illustrated by Fanny Mesnard, which adopts an ecofeminist perspective and questions the ways in which we occupy the land.