Still from Jean-Paul Kelly, "The Innocents," 2014.

Respondent Series Screening | Bonjour aux amis de calamité curated by Jean-Paul Kelly

March 7, 2019 – 7pm
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

As part of our Respondent Series and in conjunction with Jean-Paul Kelly’s exhibition, “That ends that matter,” Plug In ICA presents Bonjour aux amis de calamité, [B.A.A.D.C] a screening of film and videos curated by Kelly. The screening offered insight into Kelly’s working method and continued conflation of the decisions made by journalists with those made under the aesthetic conventions of the visual artist, aligning the objective principles of documentary with the subjective process of selection by artists. Kelly joined us in a video chat to introduce the screening and his curatorial thinking.

List of works included:

  • Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko, Bunte Kuh (2015)
  • Mary Ellen Bute, Synchromy No. 4: Escape (1937-38)
  • Mary Helena Clark, The Glass Note (2018)
  • Sky Hopinka, Fainting Spells (2018)
  • Jean-Paul Kelly, Service of the goods (2013); A Minimal Difference (2012); and The Innocents (2014).
  • Norman McLaren, Dots (1941)
  • James Richards’, Raking Light (2014)

*The exhibition That ends that matter continued the artist’s interest in the divide between materiality and perception; what we see and what is actually represented. The exhibition centered on Kelly’s own recounting based on memory and observation as a visitor to courtroom hearings at the City of London’s Magistrates’ Court in the UK—a criminal justice system, which completely forbids any kind of recording; visual or otherwise. The result included a visual music animation, online image streams, and a re-enactment of witnessed events. The various film selections served as a boarder set of relations to the exhibition and Kelly’s overall interests in different forms of representation from documentary frameworks to film production.  That ends that matter was the first presentation of Jean-Paul Kelly’s work in Winnipeg and in the prairies. For more information on the artist and the exhibition visit our website:

Please note: this exhibition contained explicit sexual and violent material, and might not be suitable for all ages. Please use discretion.


Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art recognizes we are on Treaty One Territory, the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Oji-Cree Nations.

Production of That ends that matter was made possible through funding support of Ontario Arts Council with additional research support from the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Kuzuko Trust Award and Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters.

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director’s Circle.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We could not operate without their continued financial investment and lobbying efforts.

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Image: Still from Jean Paul-Kelly, “The Innocents,” 2014.

Related Exhibition:

Jean-Paul Kelly “That ends that matter”