A Human Touch

Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is inaugurating its first virtual programming with the group exhibition Une touche humaine / A Human Touch which brings together the artists Shuvinai Ashoona, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, Manuel Mathieu, Rajni Perera and Cindy Phenix. The aim of this online experimental space is to open up the gallery’s activities and to diversify its regular program thanks to projects that make other artistic and curatorial projects possible.

The exhibition Une touche humaine / A Human Touch is a gesture of empathy. In this historical moment of social distancing and confinement, it explores our deep longing for community and our inclination to always build new forms of sociability.

The works gathered here evoke encounters and connections—real or fantasized—between humans, but also with other living beings and inanimate objects. Through their pronounced touches, brush strokes and textures they recall the creative actions and presence of the artists. The works are interwoven with one another through the hope for a different, yet united tomorrow.

Manuel Mathieu

“Mathieu’s abstract imagination reveals distinctive but morphing figures of power and purpose, having fully realised the power of the local.”

– Rianna Jade Parker, Frieze

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Manuel Mathieu, Old Lady, 2020
Mixed media on paper (UNFRAMED)
30,5 x 28 cm (12” x 11”)

Manuel Mathieu, Opening Up, 2020
Mixed media on paper (UNFRAMED)
30,5 x 28 cm (12” x 11”)


Shuvinai Ashoona

The worlds she imagines are based on a peaceful and optimistic cohabitation of humans, animals, fantastic creatures and the land.

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Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled, 2007-2008
Colour pencil and ink on paper (UNFRAMED)
66,6 x 51,2 cm (26,2” x 20,2”)

Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (Diptych with Nothern Lights), 2017
Colour pencil and ink on paper (UNFRAMED)
76,1 x 117 cm (30” x 46”)


Cindy Phenix

“For Phenix, fragmentation does not imply a failure of wholeness, but a gathering of forces, as well as the possibility of reconfiguration, the ability to transmute into something new.”

– Saelan Twerdy, Canadian Art

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Cindy Phenix, Une mémoire de paroles, 2020
Oil paint, pastel, color pencil and paper on wood panel
40,6 x 50,8 cm (16” x 20”)

Cindy Phenix, These Simplifications, 2020
Huile sur panneau de bois
Oil on wood panel
20,3 x 25,4 cm (8” x 10”)


Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau

The duo draws on literature, theatre and dance to recount the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert on one another.

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Installation view, Collection of the MAC, 2019, curator: Marie-Ève Beaupré, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada

Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau,
So I Dance, Barely Moving, Using these Objects and Sounds, Turning Stillness Around, 2019
Acrylique gravé, Engraved acrylic, inkjet print, Ed. 1/1 34 x 91 cm (13,4” x 35,8”)

Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau,
My Need For Civility Impedes This As I Shot Harsh Looks Towards Those Who Can’t Seem To Follow The Rules, 2019
Inkjet prints in double frame, Ed. 1/1
58 x 94 cm (23” x 37”)


Rajni Perera

Perera creates a subversive aesthetic that acts as a restorative force through which people can move beyond repressive modes of being and reclaim their agency.

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Rajni Perera, Holding a Friend, 2020
Painting: watercolour, gouache, gelpen and acrylic on paper
37 x 30,5 cm (14,5″ x 12,5″)
Sculpture: leather, fur, bead portion, lace and cotton
12,7 x 7,6 x 7,6 cm (5″ x 3″ x 3″)