VICTOR PILON WINS THE 36th GRAND PRIX OF THE CONSEIL DES ARTS DE MONTRÉAL WITH THE SISYPHUS PERFORMANCE
After mesmerizing the public and being selected among the 10 best productions of the year by The Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette, the performance Sisyphus by artist Victor Pilon was awarded the Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. The marathon performance produced by Lemieux Pilon 4D Art won the Council's highest honor that recognizes the most outstanding artistic achievement of the year according to the jury.
Victor Pilon [...] created beauty and shared it with the public through an artistic approach of rare authenticity. For his powerful, philosophical and ephemeral initiative [...], for having invited the arts into the unlikely venue of the Olympic Stadium, [...] the 36th Grand Prix of the Conseil des arts de Montréal is awarded to [him]. – Press Release from Conseil des arts de Montréal
The grant that accompanies the prestigious honor will help finance part of the post-production of an art film dedicated to Sisyphus and the presentation of the performance in a few selected Canadian cities.
It is with great emotion that I receive this award. Sisyphus is a metaphor of the human condition, of the perpetual struggle, a symbol of humanity wanting to transcend its condition without ever succeeding. Sisyphus was, for several visitors, an outlet for their pain, their revolt, their sorrow, or their quest for the meaning of life while dealing with the absurdity of our existence. – Victor Pilon
Lemieux Pilon 4D Art would like to thank the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the members of the Grand Prix jury and all those who made this performance possible. We would also like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Michel Labrecque and the Olympic Park team as well as that of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Power Corporation of Canada.