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Jean-Maxime Dufresne (Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière)

Country(activity based):
Visual Art


Graduated from M.A. Communications (Multimedia Studies), UQAM, Montreal in 2006.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are

- "Olympic Afterlife", solo exhibition, Maison de la culture Côte des Neiges, Montreal, 2017

- "Normal Times", solo residency, Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Helsinki, 2016

- "Olympic Afterlife", solo residency & exhibition, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, 2015

- "Olympic Afterlife", solo exhibition, Centre VU Photo, Biennale de Québec / Manif d'art 7, Quebec City, 2014

- "Heteropolis", group exhibitions & publications, Adaptive Actions, La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, 2014-15 & OS-XX-Prelude to the operating systems of the future city, TOKAS Hongo, Tokyo, 2015

Other activities (including awards received) are

- Canada Council for the Arts, Residencies / Arts Abroad Grant, 2017

- Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Research and production grant, Visual Arts, 2016

- Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grant to Visual Artists, 2015

Jean-Maxime Dufresne is an artist based in Montreal whose work deals with architectural inquiry, artistic agency and investigating mutations that occur in contemporary urban territories. Blurring boundaries between fictional, research-action and documentary strategies, his work looks into speculative scenarios and explores ties with the critical field of spatial practices, through the means of installation, photography, sound, video, intervention and printed matter.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts


About works / performance


Olympic Afterlife, 2014, photography, 100 x 70 cm,

© Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière


Olympic Afterlife, 2017, installation, mixed media, variable dimensions,

© Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière


Olympic Afterlife, 2014, installation, mixed media, variable dimensions,

© Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière


Olympic Afterlife, 2017, video, HD, 9 min.45,

© Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière


Normal Times, 2018, photography, 90 x 63 cm,

© Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière


Heteropolis, below the surface, 2015, intervention and printed journal, 28 x 33 cm,

© Adaptive Actions (Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Jean-François Prost)


My recent work in Rome explored various forms of power expressed in its excesses and deficiencies, as a field of forces shaped through a careful crafting of ambience, with seemingly common elements like air, water, light or built matter.  Working with artist Virginie Laganière, one strand of research looks into unforeseen  narratives and lifecycles related to often controversial Olympic sites in Beijing,  Athens, Montreal, Sarajevo, Munich and Tokyo, using the exhibition as a device to  generate new sets of readings. During a residency at HIAP, we considered Helsinki’s  bedrock as a conceptual hotbed for experimentation with respect to future resources  or converted Cold War shelters, setting up filmed narrative encounters with musicians  that channeled the raw energy of bedrock. I have also been involved with the Adaptive  Actions platform as a co-editor and core collaborator to Heteropolis a framework  manifested through publications, workshops and public interventions.