Executive Director & Chief Curator, Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, QC. Born: Kinshasa, Republic of Congo.
Gaëtane Verna is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette, an institution of international calibre set in the heart of Québec. The Museums’s collection, holds close to 9,000 works and presents an overview of art history, looking at the past and the future.
From 1998 to 2006, Gaëtane was the curator of the Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, presenting and organizing many exhibitions by emerging and mid-career Canadian and international artists. As a curator, she is interested in presenting a variety of art practices and has a vested interest in artists whose works investigate issues of displacement, questions of identity and Diaspora aesthetics.
Since 2006, in Joliette, she has presented works by such artist as Fiona Banner, Tacita Dean, Ed Pien, Bill Viola, Luis Jacob, Serge Emmanuel Jongué, Kimsooja, François Lacasse, Yam Lau, Oswaldo Macia, Gabor Szilasi, Javier Tellez, Denyse Thomasos and François Sullivan. Gaëtane has lectured in the Art History Department of Bishop’s University and at Université du Québec à Montréal. She has also served as board member of the Montreal Arts Council as well as the President of the Visual Arts since 2006.
Education: DEA and MA, Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (France); International Diploma in Heritage Administration and Conservation, Ecole Nationale du Patrimoine (France).