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Art In Action

Magnus Isacsson & Simon Bujold / Canada / 2009 / 68 ' / English - French / S.T. English


Louise Côté
Robert M Lepage

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A documentary about ATSA, a Montreal artist collective that uses performance art as social interventions.


An abundance of art, love, and idealism : that’s what fuels Annie Roy and Pierre Allard, the founders of ATSA - Quand l'art passe à l'action. For the past decade, ATSA has made performance an act of intervention, an art that engages citizens in the struggle for a humane and civil society. Magnus Isacsson homes his camera on the political idealism and domestic demands of the Roy-Allard partnership and finds inspiration, generosity and integrity in their exemplary life project. A powerful, moving and candid documentary that makes you believe in a better tomorrow.

ATSA ( Quand l'art passe à l'action ) is an organization founded in 1997 by artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy to create so-called urban interventions: installations, performances and realistic stagings bearing witness to the various social and environmental aberrations which preoccupy the two artists. Their works investigate and transform the urban landscape and restore the citizen’s place in the public realm, depicting it as a political space open to discussion and societal debates. ATSA promotes an open, active and responsible vision of artists as citizens contributing to the sustainable development of their society.  


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