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French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar at Audain Gallery

September 18, 2015 | By francecanadaculture Vancouver
October 22 – December 12, 2015

Her exhibition My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class) is an iteration of artworks, texts, seminars and exhibitions in which she quoted and edits numerous authors and texts influenced by AIDS and its impact on bodies and culture. This body of work performs virality, circulating between epidemiology, collective action, artistic production and identity formation. The artist will read the transmission of history between Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard’s seminar "Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS" held during the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and her artwork My Epidemic (small modest bad blood opera) produced for "All the World’s Futures" at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.

For her exhibition My Epidemic (a body as public as a book can be), Lili Reynaud-Dewar wrote:
"Virginia Woolf spoke about the necessity for an artist to have A Room of One’s Own, but what if being an artist today means having many rooms of many owns? This idea of the private, mental space might be somehow washed out, too. Is there really a thing such as a private space today? And, speaking about being an artist, what do we do with the circulation of our artworks from one space to the other, from this capacity we have gained to adapt and to conform to a huge variety of formats, from this sometimes passive phenomenon that we encounter on seeing our works displayed on screens in such ways that we might not even recognise them?"

Biography of the artist

Lili Reynaud-Dewar was born in La Rochelle, France, in 1975 and currently lives and works in Grenoble, France. Her solo exhibitions and projects have been presented at Index, Stockholm (2014); Outpost, Norwich, England (2014); Frieze Projects, London (2013); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); Le Magasin, Grenoble (2012); and Kunsthalle Basel (2010). Her work has also been included in a number of international group exhibitions, including the 12th Lyon Biennial (2013), the Paris Triennial (2012), and the 5th Berlin Biennial (2008), and has been exhibited at venues such as Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014); the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); and Generali Foundation, Vienna (2012). She cofounded the feminist journal Pétunia with Dorothée Dupuis and Valerie Chartrain in 2011, the same year she also cofounded the experimental school Baba with a group of collaborators; in 2013, she was the recipient of the Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard. Since 2010 she has held a professorship at Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva.

Reynaud-Dewar is the 2015 Audain Visual Artist in Residence. Her exhibition is co-presented by SFU Galleries and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her residency and exhibition is supported by the Institut français and the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.

Curated by Amy Kazymerchyk.

Audain Gallery
Opening, October 21st, 7pm
October 22 – December 12, 2015
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, Canada V6B 1H4

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