Bénédicte Ramade is an art historian, critic, and independent curator. Her doctoral research was dedicated to the critical rehabilitation of the American ecological art movement. Since 2016, she has delved into the increasing entanglement of knowledges and artworks with/in the Anthropocene. In conjunction with Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre, Ramade was the contributing editor of the 2016 exhibition catalogue The Edge of the Earth. Climate Change in Photography and Video published by the gallery. Her curation of the thematic exhibition Apparaître-Disparaître earned her an inaugural fellowship from the Grantham Foundation for the Arts and the Environment in 2019. As of Winter, 2021, she is writing Vers un art anthropocène. L’art écologique américain pour prototype, a monograph that will elaborate on her doctoral thesis project, with Les presses du réel. With 10 years of experience teaching at Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne), Ramade works as a sessional lecturer at both Université du Québec à Montréal and Université de Montréal.
Maryse Goudreau, born in Campbellton, New-Brunswick, is a multidisciplinary artist rooted in a lifelong connection to Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral territory of the Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq) people. She lives and works in Escuminac, in the Gaspé region. Her work spans image-creation, documentation, and social practice (acts of care). Eschewing binary categories, her output weaves together both static and interactive photography, video essays, immersive environments, art as action, and even sound art. Goudreau endows her art with social engagement, namely through a series of participative projects throughout her home base of the Gaspé Peninsula, including Manifestation pour la mémoire des quais and Festival du tank d’Escuminac - première et dernière édition. She has most recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale (Montréal PHI Centre Pavilion), Dazibao, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery (both Montréal), the Museo de la Cancillería / Instituo Matias Romero (Mexico City, Mexico), VU, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie (Quebec City), the Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles, United States), Centre Bang (Chicoutimi), and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfred Lam (Havana, Cuba). Goudreau is a multi-award-winning artist and recipient, among others, of the Lynne Cohen Prize from the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Her work is included in numerous institutional collections, including that of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Kelly Jazvac is a Canadian artist based in Montréal. She is also part of a research team examining plastic pollution comprised of scientists, artists, art historians, philosophers and writers called The Synthetic Collective, whose work has been highly influential on Jazvac’s artistic practice. She exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Her recent exhibitions include the Eli and Edyth Broad Museum (East Lansing, United States), Ujazdowski Castle CCA (Warsaw, Poland) and Fierman Gallery (New York, United States). Her work has been featured in National Geographic, e-flux Journal, Hyperallergic, Art Forum, The New Yorker, Canadian Art Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail. Her collaborative art/science research has been published in several scientific journals, including Nature Reviews, GSA Today, and Science of the Total Environment.
Jessica Slipp is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). Her work investigates perspectives of landscape and how we exist with the world — from the particles that randomly composed it, to the very nature that we embody. Born of settler ancestry, Jessica recognizes her status as a guest on unceded Indigenous lands and, in her artmaking, looks for ways to deconstruct dominant perceptions of landscape through performative interventions that focus on the fundamental relationship between body and earth. She believes that, in this time of social and ecological crisis, it is vitally important to shift anthropocentric modes of thinking about the world toward a more caring and compassionate approach. As part of various group exhibitions, Jessica's works have been shown in a number of Canadian provinces. Upcoming exhibitions include the Neutral Ground Artist Run Centre (Regina, Saskatchewan, 2021) and the FOFA Gallery (Montréal, 2022). She holds an MFA (2019) and BFA (2012) from Concordia University.
Clara Lacasse holds a BFA with a major in photography from Concordia University. She is inspired by nature, science, and the collective imagination, i.e. by the stories that together comprise our sense of History. Using the image-based medium of photography, Lacasse critically reflects on how visual culture is produced and how its outputs become instruments of knowledge and power. Her projects emerge from collaborations with scientific, medical, legal or cultural institutions in which the artist’s role is that of mediator between the realms of science and culture: the result being a reciprocal evaluation of the truth claims staked out by each side. In 2019, Clara Lacasse completed an artist residency at Fermont as part of artist-run center PANACHE art actuel’s programming (Sept-Îles) and was the recipient of VU, centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie’s Bourse de soutien au développement (Quebec City). In 2021, the Galerie d’art Desjardins (Drummondville) is presenting the artist’s first solo exhibition.