I was born and raised in the towns of Gaspé and Bonaventure, in countryside Quebec. I went through my teenage years in Longueuil, a suburb of Montreal. At the age of 18, I moved to Montreal where I studied communications psychosociology, which examines group dynamics in relation to society. I carried out my first community-based art projects while working with community organizations. Without the proper conceptual terminology to define the artistic activities I was providing for the users of these organizations, I was nonetheless witnessing the power of art to create connections in an different way. From then on, I got a college degree in photography (CEGEP du Vieux Montreal), and then went on to major in visual and media arts (bachelor’s degree in creation) at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
My artistic process, along with my interest in contributing to the democratization of art, inspired me to go back to UQAM to get a master’s degree in visual and media arts with a concentration in pedagogy (2016). My research is about identifying artistic and pedagogical approaches which foster social inclusion for homeless men through urban wandering, photography and discussion. I am engaged in several art forms that are held outside of traditional cultural institutions, a process which naturally led me towards the community members themselves.
As a leitmotiv for my creative process, I take this quote from Jan Świdziński, “To be an artist today is to speak to others and to listen to them at the same time”. When working with groups, I get my inspiration from the tenets of community art, such as collaboration and co-creation. When working alone, my artistic actions take the shape of furtive and relational art. In fall 2016, with enhancing my creative process in mind, I undertake a PhD in creative research. My subject deals with what is passed on through artistic practice between an artist and their community on the aesthetic as well as on transformational levels.
My works have been showcased in several cultural organizations: Musée du Fier Monde (Montreal, 2017), Folie/Culture (Quebec City, Montreal, Jonquière, 2016), Centre de diffusion et d’expérimentation (Montreal, 2015), Place des Arts (Montreal, 2014-2017), Promenades photographiques de Vendôme (Vendôme, France, 2014), Galerie de l’UQAM (Montreal, 2014), The Belgo, studio 308 (Montreal, 2014), Maison de la Culture Frontenac (Montreal, 2012), Centre d’Exposition de Lanaudière (Joliette, Quebec, 1999), and The Belgo, studio 514 (Montreal, 1998). Many of my collaborative projects (co-creations) have been shown in community servicing spaces such as the Old Brewery Mission, a shelter for the homeless located in Montreal (5 projects between 2015 and 2017), and CÉDA (the Little Burgundy and St. Henri Committee for Adult Education) (Montreal, 2015), and in public spaces such as Quartier Latin (Jardin des hétérotopies, Montreal, 2015) and Downtown Montreal, where my current project errances (2018) takes place.
I was awarded scholarships such as the Jean-Marc Eustache Creation Grant (2016), the UQAM Professors’ Union Grant (2016) and the FARE Excellence Grant (2015). I am currently a grantee of the FRQSC (Fonds de recherche du Québec — Société et Culture) in regards to my doctoral research which I am conducting in the 2016-2020 period.