Laurence Philomene is a non-binary photographer based in Montreal, Canada. Laurence’s work deals with questions of identity and selfhood. Through a lens coloured by queer + trans experience, they blend documentary and fine art approaches with high saturation. They are a recipient of the 2019 Lucie Foundation emerging artist scholarship, and the 2020 Women Photograph mentorship program.

Laurence's work is informed by their lived experiences as a chronically ill transgender artist coming of age amid the rise of social media. Through long-form collaborative and autobiographical projects, they aim to celebrate trans existence, and to study identity as a space in constant flux. In doing so, their work humanizes aspects of identity that have been historically marginalized, and acts as a love letter to their community. Visually, their work investigates how western understandings of masculinity and femininity inform our perception of gender, and how the two can co-exist outside of the binary.

Laurence's work has been published internationally in magazines such as Vice, Courrier International,The Independent, Dazed, I-D, Broadly, Teen Vogue, CBC arts, Wonderland, and Hunger Magazine. Their work has been presented in over 40 exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibits in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin and Kracow. Laurence was named as part of Adweek’s creative 100 list in 2018, presented their work at the 2019 Cannes Lyons festival, and served as a judge for the 2019 Getty Images Creative Bursary.

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prints : official print store - more archival/editioned prints available via email

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Selected clients

Netflix, Beats by Dre, Vice, Broadly, Refinery29, VSCO, Converse, Teen Vogue, Away, Airbnb Experiences, Showtime, Courrier International, Yahoo Style, Medium, Fluide Beauty, Jump from Paper

Awards, accolades & residencies

Women photograph - Mentorship class, 2019-2020

Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - Recipient, 2019

Getty Images Creative Bursary - Judge, 2019

In House Outer Space (Iceland) - Residency, 2019

Artsida9 - Emerging artist award, 2019

Adweek - Creative 100 list, 2018

Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - shortlisted, 2017

Flickr 20 under 20 - Curator's choice award, 2014

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019. Laurence Philomene : Huldufólk & Puberty - La Cenne Espace Culturel - Montreal, Canada

2019. Laurence Philomene - Maison du Québec à St-Malo - St-Malo, France

2018. Me vs others - The Letter Bet - Montreal, Canada

2018. No girls / no boys / no nothin - Nosna Gallery - Cracow, Poland

2018. It is what it is (with Starchild Stela) - Xpace Cultural Centre - Toronto, Canada

2017. Non-binary portraits - Cogalleries, presented by Curated by Girls - Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020. Fotografiska NY x Vice : New Visions - Fotografiska Museum NY - New York City, USA

2020. Yearning for Comfort, Not Cure - Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg - Winnipeg, Canada

2019. Under the anti lies the body - Slowroom Contemporary /Stefanskirken - Copenhagen, Denmark

2019. Currents curated by Forge Art Mag - Mount Analogue - Seattle, USA

2019. Chromatic festival, 10th edition - Usine C - Montreal, Canada

2019. Boys! Boys! Boys! - The Ravestijn Gallery - Amsterdam, Netherlands

2019. Artsida 9 - Musée d’art contemporain - Montreal, Canada

2018. Possible Selves: queer foto vernaculars - The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) - Williamstown, USA

2018. The Vice Magazine 2018 Photo Show - Parasol Projects - New York, USA

2018. Phi Fest - Fabrica Del Vapore - Milan, Italy

2017. Instagram Jam / Month of Photography Los Angeles - Lucie Foundation - Los Angeles, USA

2017. What does our future hold? The coven x Polyester Zine - Dye house - London, UK

2016. Freer in Berlin - Studio Blender & Co, presented by Curated by Girls - Berlin, Germany

2016. We, Other - Pop Montreal (Art Pop) - Montreal, Canada

2016. Diaphanous - Index Art Center - Newark, USA

2016. What A Time To Be Alive - Sunday x Slow Culture - Los Angeles, USA

2015. Same - Stream Gallery - New York, USA

2014. Flickr 20under20 - Milk Studios - New York, USA

2014. The Coven presents : Girlhood - La Centrale Gallerie Powerhouse - Montreal, Canada

Available + Upcoming books

2020. "Boys Boys Boys" - Curated by Ghislain Pascal, teNeues/Mendo, 1st edition of 5,000 - Pre-order here

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