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Virginie Laganière (Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière)

Country(activity based):
Visual Art


Graduated from M.A. Visual and Media Arts, UQAM, Montreal in 2006.

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

- "Le Prisme", solo residency (with grant from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec), Studio du Québec à Rome, Rome, 2017

- "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

- "Solid Void", solo exhibition, Darling Foundry, Montreal, 2013

Other activities (including awards received) are

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

- Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, International artist in residence grant, 2017

- Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grants to Visual Artists, 2016

Virginie Laganière is an artist based in Montreal, Canada. Led by an anthropologic approach, her work focuses on the transformation of built environments and urban territories, as incubators containing various forms of utopias, while exploring the human psyche and sociopolitical issues through the construction of alternate narratives. Her installations include photography, video, sound, sculptural work and micro-architectures which are specifically designed for every exhibition context.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts

About works / performance


Le Prisme. Colonia marina Rosa Maltoni Mussolini, Calambrone, 2017, photography, 100 x 70 cm, © Virginie Laganière


Normal Times, 2017, photography, 90x63 cm, © Virginie Laganière and Jean-Maxime Dufresne


Olympic Afterlife (exhibition view), 2017, installation, mixed media, variable dimensions, © Virginie Laganière and Jean-Maxime Dufresne


Olympic Afterlife (exhibition view), 2014, installation, mixed media, variable dimensions, © Virginie Laganière and Jean-Maxime Dufresne


Olympic Afterlife, 2014, photography, 100 x 70 cm, © Virginie Laganière and Jean-Maxime Dufresne


Post Natural, 2012, photography, 90 x 124 cm, © Virginie Laganière


My works are generally characterized as site related and responsive to a specific place and context. In Switzerland, I produced a photographic research on antibomb shelters  converted to other uses. During a recent residency in Rome, I focused on the avant- gardist architecture of the colonia marina (summer camp) developed during the  fascist period. Working with artist Jean-Maxime Dufresne, one strand of our  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 adapted Cold War shelters, setting up filmed narrative  encounters with musicians that channeled the raw energy of bedrock.