Acting as an artist, curator and academic researcher, Geneviève Chavalier broaches her artistic practice in a conceptual and contextual manner. Her work develops both in the exhibition space and through academic research and critical writing. She is interested in current socio-political and ecological issues related to natural, geographic, institutional or discursive sites.
Making the gallery a place for sensory experience and research, she uses objects, images and text to explore the possibilities that their organized presentation revealsas an exhibition. She is always seeking to expand the boundaries of this staging, in particular through the presentation of object collections and facts gathered at the sites that she explores or studies.
At Baie-Saint-Paul, she would like to create an installation project in the form of a collection concerned with the seasonal migration of birds, a phenomenon destined to change in the near future. From observations carried out while on the Sentier des caps de Charlevoix (a hikingtrail in the Charlevoix region), she will make a list of the bird species present during the summer and study their migration routes, dwelling on the alterationsthey make because of climate change.
The final work will be a presentation of the collection, grouping together material from the artist’s observations (photographs, sketches and audio recordings) and her research (varied works, instruments and documents given by participants). The text indications about the elements will present diverse reflections that are scientific, poetic and conceptual. The work also will encourage public participation, inviting people to contribute their own observations to the project, particularly from their bird-watching outings.
Geneviève Chevalier is an artist and independent curator. With a grant from the Fonds de recherché du Québec – Society et culture (FRQSC) –she is currently doing post-doctoral work in museum studies at the École multidisciplinaire de l’image at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).
As an artist, she has presented her work in group exhibitions at the Musée Lachine in Montreal and at LŒil de Poisson in Quebec City in 2015, as well as at the 7th edition of Manif d’art in Quebec City in 2014. Her installation Mon Boisé was shown at Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal in 2016 and Orford: Insular Territory, at the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario in 2014.
For close to 10 years, she has had her texts published regularly in art magazines and journals and has worked as anexhibitioncurator. She has participated in residencies for artists and curators at Centre Sagamie in Alma, at the Banff Centre in Alberta and at the Vermont Studio Center in the USA.