Animal House, a conversation with Stefan St-Laurent

Saturday, February 27, 2015 @ 2 PM

Carried by a large man, as if I were dead, hurt or passed out, crossing streets, parkades and public squares without having an invited audience or proper permission… searching for the image of a socially acceptable embrace between two men in a city that had recently allowed a 1960s-style crack-down on gay bars and saunas…

Related to and retold like day-to-day happenings, portraying events that are usually not identified by their public as art, Stefan St-Laurent’s performance work is one aspect of a multidisciplinary practice that extends into curatorial work, installation and video. Join us in Connexion ARC’s main space on Saturday, February 27 at 2 PM for a conversation with Stefan St-Laurent.

Deeply affected by the research and production of Animal House: Works of Art Made by Animals, the first exhibition on human-animal collaborations and exploitation in the art world, Stefan St-Laurent is currently developing work that searches for ethical interaction with the animal world through art. One of these projects is the video S.v.p. nourrir les animaux (Please Feed the Animals), which was screened at Connexion ARC earlier this month as part of Threshold video art festival. He has curated the upcoming exhibition Costume National: Art contemporain de l’Indonésie which will present the work of 10 influential Javanese and Balinese artists at AXENÉO7 and Galerie SAW Gallery in March 2016.

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, St-Laurent now lives and works in Gatineau, Québec, where he is the director of AXENÉO7 artist-run centre.

PHOTO: Stefan St-Laurent “S.v.p. nourrir les animaux” (2012) video still

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