As part of the exhibition Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, the MAC invites you to a conversation between the artists and Musée d’art de Joliette curator Anne-Marie Saint-Jean Aubre, on Thursday, January 12, 2019 at 6 p.m.
After studies in visual arts at the University of Ottawa, Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre earned a master’s degree in art studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is particularly interested in identity themes and cultural issues raised by contemporary art practices. In her role as curator of contemporary art at the Musée d’art de Joliette, she has invited Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau to undertake a dance and performance residency at the museum in fall 2019 that will culminate in an exhibition to be presented during winter 2020. She has been following the duo’s work since 2015, when she gave them the opportunity to develop the project 5 Tableaux (It Bounces Back), a new performance presented at the Place Publique of the Darling Foundry, where she was then curator.
Multidisciplinary visual artists Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau focus on theatricality and the choreographic, frequently interweaving performance, dance and sculpture. The duo’s recent works investigate the agency of objects, the material condition of the body and the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert upon each other. These interests are informed by Chloë’s experience with chronic illness and its effect on their collaboration as well the duo’s exploration of narrative tropes from literature, theatre and television.
They have exhibited widely, notably at the Or Gallery, Vancouver; Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England; Whitechapel Project Space, London; University of Texas, Austin; Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown; and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto. They have performed at the Darling Foundry and at the OFFTA festival. Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop. Their work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. In 2016, Desranleau was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and in 2015, the duo was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.