Stefan ST-LAURENT

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Stefan ST-LAURENT
Adjunct Professor, Department of Visual Arts

1997 : Bachelor of Media Arts, Photographic Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto

Office: 613-203-9122
Work E-mail: sstlaurent@yahoo.com

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Biography

My actions have been challenging for some, yet remain accessible as they are related like day-to-day happenings, falling outside of most people’s pre-conceived notions of art. I am interested in finding means of engaging directly with an audience and a space. For example, in Calgary, I chose to be carried by a large man, as if I were dead, hurt or passed out, to play on some ideas around queerness and romanticism. I was gripped by the idea of showing an image of two men in an embrace that was socially acceptable in Calgary, a city that had recently allowed for a 1960s-style crack-down on gay bars and saunas. This performance functioned like a real-life emergency situation, as we appeared dozens of times briefly crossing streets, parkades and public squares without having an invited audience or proper permission. Even though this action uses some of the strategies of relational aesthetics, like in much of my work, I am more concerned with portraying events that are not identified by the public as art per say.

Stefan St-Laurent, multidisciplinary artist and curator, is born in Moncton, New-Brunswick, lives and works in Ottawa. He was the invited curator for the Biennale d’art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda in 2008, and for the 28th and 29th Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in 2010 and 2011. From 2002 - 2011, he worked as Curator of Galerie SAW Gallery, and has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual arts at Ottawa University since 2010. His performance and video work has been presented in numerous galleries and institutions, including the Centre national de la photographie in Paris, Edsvik Konst och Kultur in Sollentuna (Sweden), YYZ in Toronto, Western Front in Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. He has been a curator and programmer for a number of artistic organisations and festivals, including the Lux Centre in London, the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montréal, Festival international du cinéma francophone in Acadie, Les Rencontres internationales Vidéo Arts Plastiques in Basse-Normandie (France), Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (Moncton), as well as Pleasure Dome, Images Festival of Independent Film and Video and Vtape in Toronto.

Personal achievements

Exhibitions and projects
2011 : Viva Art Action performance biennial, Montréal
2008 : Owens Art Gallery, Sackville
2007 : Nova Scotia Art Gallery, Halifax
2003 : National tour of Russia organized by ICA Moscow and national tour of China organized by the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art
1998 : Centre national de la photographie, Paris and YYZ Toronto

Curatorial projects
2000 : The Effacement of Self: The Collaborative Film and Video of David Wojnarowicz (PleasureDome, Toronto)
2002 : SCATALOGUE: 30 Years of Crap in Contemporary Art
2009 : Radical Drag: Transformative Performance (Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa)
2010 : Bodies in Trouble / Corps en péril (Galerie SAW Gallery, Ottawa)
2011 : Storytellers / Les conteurs : 29e Symposium international d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul

Current research

For the next year, I will be researching and producing new videos and installations exploring the various ways humans can interact ethically with the animal world through art. In 2009, I researched and produced the first exhibition on human-animal collaboration and exploitation in the art world entitled Animal House: Works of Art Made by Animals in 2009, which had an immense impact on my artistic practice and thought. I will be working alongside biologists and animal welfare advocates to produce this new body of work S.v.p. nourrir les animaux(Please Feed the Animals)

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