Jean-Claude Rochefort Grant, August 25 at 4:00pm
Winner of the Jean-Claude Rochefort Grant, 2018
Saturday, August 25 at 4:00pm
Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau is a Master’s candidate in Art History at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His research focuses on the effects of contemporary art exhibition re-enactment. As an independent curator, his recent projects have been presented at the Critical Distance Center for Curators (Toronto, 2018) and at the UQAM gallery (Montreal, 2016). She was also assistant curator for the Canadian delegation to the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).
Jean-Claude Rochefort Grant
The Jean-Claude Rochefort Grant will be awarded and the winner will give a brief talk.
Created in 2011 and given by the Fondation de l’UQAM, the grant pays tribute to Jean-Claude Rochefort, a native of Charlevoix, who was an art critic and curator. This grant is awarded to a graduate student in art history, who will present his or her research briefly to the Symposium.
Being associated with the awarding of this grant, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul highlights the importance of forging ties with University institutions, such as the Université du Québec à Montréal, where many of the event’s participating artists have studied.
Jean-Claude Rochefort was born in 1957 at Saint-Hilarion in Charlevoix. He lived and spent time in the region throughout his life, but also lived in Montréal where he was an art critic (Le Devoir, Spirale, Vie des Arts) and a curator of contemporary art. In 2003, he received his doctorate in Études et Pratiques des arts from Université du Québec à Montréal, his thesis being titled Ruines et Météores : Art contemporain, histoire, sciences du ciel et de la terre.
Coming from the milieu of artist-run centres, Jean-Claude Rochefort was also a gallery director. He supported the work of numerous Quebec, Canadian and international artists. However, he never ceased to make his art, which coloured his aesthetic choices, giving them a unique character: he was an original.
He died on Sunday, June 6, 2010 in a terrible car accident. He is buried in the cemetery in Saint-Hilarion but his spirit lives on in the Charlevoix region that he loved so much.