The work of Jon Rafman explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of virtual worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present. His recent solo exhibitions include Dream Journal ’16 – ’17, Sprüth Magers Berlin (2017); I Have Ten Thousand Compound Eyes and Each is Named Suffering, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster (2016); Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (2015); and the Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2015).
Born in Montreal, he studied Philosophy and Literature at McGill University and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jon Rafman is the winner of the inaugural Fogo Island Arts-Sobey Art Award Residency. Learn more
For the past ten years or so, Jon Rafman has led a new approach to contemporary art that is often categorized as Post-Internet. This approach takes the advent of the Internet as a starting point for important transformations in the ways in which human beings communicate and experience the world. In so doing, the artist raises important questions and highlights different virtual realities that are quietly shaping our everyday life. Rafman brings a remarkable level of research, conceptualization and creativity to his extremely varied artistic production. His video installations, photographs, online pieces, virtual realities, sculptures and immersive environments all tackle realities that could have otherwise been easily dismissed or marginalized, while their affects shape our world of tomorrow. Not unlike the content of his art, over the past decade, Rafman has steadily built a following that transgresses all type of geopolitical boundaries.
Adam Basanta lives and works in Montreal. His work has been exhibited in various international and national galleries and institutions, such as Carrol / Fletcher Gallery, London, UK; Fotomuseum Winterthur; National Art Centre Tokyo; American Medium Gallery, New York; New Media Gallery, New Westminster; Moscow Biennale for Young Art; Serralves Museum, Porto; Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; and The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe.
Basanta has been awarded several international prizes, including the Japan Media Arts Prize (2016) and the Aesthetica Art Prize (2017). Represented by Ellephant Gallery in Montreal, he has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2018.
Sophie Bélair Clément's exhibition projects develop as a form of exchange – through collaborations and invitations – between disciplines and media. A doctoral candidate in literary and intermediate studies at the Université de Montréal and assistant professor in visual arts at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, she conceived the I’d rather something ambiguous projects. Mais précis à la fois with Marie Claire Forté for the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2016); Qu’est-ce qui vous fait croire que je puisse m’occuper de cet endroit? (Galerie des arts visuels de l'Université Laval, 2014); Des formes d'égale résistance (Casino Luxembourg, 2013); 2 rooms equal size, 1 empty, with secretary (Artexte, 2012); Salle Proun : mur, bois, couleur, 1923 (1965/1971/2010) (Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, 2011); Salle 1 : Collection des Antiques (Centre Clark, 2011); From a Tour of the Monument: Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (5.10.2010) (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 2010).
Through video, sculpture, performance, photography and installation, Julie Favreau composes enigmatic and troubling universes that navigate between the intimate and the unconscious, inspiring a heightened sensorial awareness in the viewer. In her recent projects, eroticism is approached as a form of power: the artist is interested in exploring the erotic texture of the world, the way animate and inanimate things touch and affect one another. Favreau lives and works in Montreal and Berlin. Her work has been presented at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2017); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2016); Darling Foundry, Montreal (2016); Edinburgh Art Festival (2015) and Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2011).
Yann Pocreau was born in Quebec City in 1980. He lives and works in Montreal. Through photography, he is interested in the strong presence of place and subject and their intimate cohabitation. In his recent work, he has focused on light as a living subject and its effect on the narrative framework of images. He has participated in several exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. His works form part of numerous public, private and institutional collections. Until 2014, he was General Coordinator of the Centre d'art et de diffusion CLARK. He is represented by Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal.