Laurence Philomene

Laurence Philomene is a photographer, director and curator based in Montreal, Canada. Their work deals with questions of identity and selfhood as seen through a colourful queer + trans lens, blending documentary and fine art approaches.

Laurence's work is informed by their lived experiences as a chronically ill transgender artist, coming of age amid the rise of internet culture and social media. Their work is rooted in care, both for their own community and for the greater public to gain an understanding of what it [can] mean to be a trans person living in America in the 21st century.

Through long-form collaborative and autobiographical projects, they are interested in exploring 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. They have participated in over 40 exhibitions worldwide, including solo exhibits in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin and Kracow. Laurence was listed as part of Adweek’s Creative 100 list in 2018, was a judge for the 2019 Getty Images Creative Bursary, and is a recipient of the 2019 Lucie Foundation emerging artist scholarship.

The artist is currently working on a monograph of their project "Me vs others", which will be published in collaboration with Editions Lemaitre (Paris) in 2019.


editorial inquiries/press/bookings/print/exhibitions:

commercial inquiries:

prints via : official print store - paddle 8 - society6

larger archival/editioned print requests available via email

Selected clients

Vice, Broadly, Courrier International, Refinery29, VSCO, Converse, Netflix, Teen Vogue, Away, Showtime, Jump From Paper, Fluide beauty, Stay Home Club, Elle Girl Korea, Leméac, Yahoo Style, Frankie Magazine

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


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

2019. Boys! Boys! Boys! - Galerie Biesenbach - Cologne, Germany

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. Boys! Boys! Boys! - The Hospital Club - London, UK

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

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

2017. Wooly Arts - Warehouse Meguro Gallery - Tokyo, Japan

2017. Instagram Jam / Month of Photography Los Angeles - Space15Twenty, presented by 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

2015. Soft Matter - Artwork Atelier Green Gate - Manchester, UK

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

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

Using Format