Fred Laforge & Eddy Firmin
Courtesy of the artists
Fred Laforge, Vénus grecque africaine, 2016, ink on paper
Eddy Firmin, Lapin meuble, 2018, ceramic, furniture, golden leaf, Photo Guy L’Heureux
Born in Saguenay. Born in Guadeloupe. Live and work in Montreal (Quebec).
Fred Laforge completed his doctorate in Études et pratiques des arts at UQAM in 2016. His work has been shown in Canada and abroad in several group and solo exhibitions, and he recently presented work at the National Print Museum in Mexico City. This artist has also produced various public art projects in Canada.
Eddy Firmin has a diploma from the École supérieure d’art du Havre and from the Institut régional d’art visuel de la Martinique. He is currently a doctoral student in Études et pratiques des arts at UQAM. In 2011, Firmin was entrusted to visually remodel the stain-glass windows of Notre-Dame de la Guadeloupe Cathedral. His art practice combines sculpture, drawing, digital art and performance, and questions the art narrative of his traditional Caribbean culture.
The practice of the Laforge/Firmin duo is linked to the meeting of the Guadeloupian artist, Quebecois by adoption and the Quebecois artist. The two artists share a similar sensibility concerning identity and diversity. From the perspective of their disciplines, their practices include drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation.
Both Guadeloupe and Quebec have been subjected to colonialism in various ways. In fact, each of these cultures has been confronted, at various times in history, with issues of appropriation, censure and assimilation. The duo’s questioning focuses on notions of power, identity and diversity and on relations between dominant and minority groups. The issue of cultural appropriation often appears exploited to the advantage of a colonialist vision, or a contrario, to benefit a discourse in which the individual is enclosed in his or her cultural ethnicity.