To close out the residency of artist Julie Laurin at the Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur school, articule is pleased to invite you to the opening reception of the exhibition Habiter l'école et ses habitants.
The exhibition presents the results of the artist’s research at an elementary school, in collaboration with a third grade class of students. In the gallery, visitors will experience a reconstitution of the space where both children and adults interact through artistic forms that make use of materials and ideas found within the symbolic framework of the school.
For her project, Laurin was inspired by perceptions transmitted by students and the other inhabitants of the school, in conjunction with her own experience of school, past and present. She inserted herself in this context with an outsider gaze, as a spectator of the daily rhythms of the school’s users, and then immersed herself in it in her interventions in the space. Her project explores the adult’s gaze toward the child and vice-versa, with particular attention to the dialogue that takes place between her own adult life and her inner child. Habiter l'école et ses habitants is an introspective journey into the status of child and adult and the transmission between these two states.
The opening reception of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at 7 PM, and will be followed by a series of performances starting at 8 PM with artists Julie Laurin, Jean-Philippe Luckhurst-Cartier and Nicole Panneton. At articule, they will be presenting the pieces they performed in front of children at Jean-Baptiste-Meilleur.
The artist’s residency in the Centre-Sud neighbourhood in Montreal took place as part of the Libres comme l’art initiative financed by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) and Une école montréalaise pour tous.
Julie Laurin is an active member of articule. She participates in several committees, including serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors since October 2014. Montreal-based and born in 1985, Julie Laurin is an interdisciplinary artist working with sculpture and performance. She is interested in all theory and observations about the relationship between man and his habitat. She completed a BFA in sculpture at Concordia University in 2011, with specific interests in both matter and the invisible. She is currently completing a graduate degree in Arts Management at HEC Montreal. Laurin has been studying performance art since 2013 and has presented various performances in Quebec as well as having exhibited her work in Quebec and in Europe.