Rémi Belliveau, « L’empremier, photoshoot, 8 avril 1970 » (2023). © Winnifred B. Lanteigne. Courtesy of MOMENTA Biennale de l’image.

Dans la peau de l’histoire. Becoming Joan Dularge

An exhibition of MOMENTA Biennale de l'image curated by Ji-Yoon Han

September 7 - October 21, 2023 @ Artexte's reading room

As part of the 18th edition of MOMENTA Biennale de l’image, the VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, and Artexte teams are pleased to collaborate and to present the exhibition Dans la peau de l’histoire. Becoming Joan Dularge by artist Rémi Belliveau.


L’Empremier. Live at Beaubassin (1970) (2023), takes us to an open-air amphitheatre where the Joan Dularge group, L’Empremier, performs live for the camera. As a pastiche of Adrian Maben’s film Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii (1974), shot in the deserted ruins of the ancient city, Belliveau’s version features an imaginary story of Acadian rock music, in which classics by Zachary Richard, Beausoleil Broussard, 1755, and Rocambole are covered by contemporary, professional musicians, pinkfloyded and ultimately joandularged. The Roman treasures that served as decor are replaced, for the show in Beaubassin, by creations by contemporary Acadian artist Paul Edouard Bourque.

As a complement to this exhibition at VOX (4th floor of the 2-22), Artexte will present Joan Dularge’s artist file whose written, sound and photographic documents bear witness to the creative and musical advent of the legendary concert.


Acadian cultural heritage and the fiction behind the construction of foundational narratives are key to Rémi Belliveau’s practice. Since 2018, Belliveau has been developing a long-term project on Joan Dularge, a “missing” figure in the history of Acadian political rock music of the 1960s and 1970s. For their exhibition at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, Belliveau will première the second section of their project, centred around an ambitious film that reconstructs one of Joan Dularge’s legendary concerts. Rémi is supported by the MOMENTA x RBC Fondation program.