Laurence Philomene is a non-binary artist from Montreal who creates colourful images and video work informed by their lived experiences as a chronically ill transgender person. Their practice celebrates trans existence and studies identity as a space in constant flux via highly-saturated, cinematic, and vulnerable images.

Gaining an interest in image-making in their teenage years, Laurence has since used photography and video as space to both experiment with, and document identity as it comes to be expressed through gender. Using the camera as a process of mutual [and self] care, their work aims to humanize identities that have been historically marginalized, and act as a love letter to their community.

Laurence’s first monograph Puberty - in which the artist self-documents two years of their life as they undergo hormonal replacement therapy - is currently available via Yoffy Press and on view as a solo exhibit at Fotografiska NY

Interview in The New Yorker (Fall 2021)

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Laurence is an honouree of The 30 (“PDN 30” - 2020), recipient of the Getty Images Creatives In Quarantine Bursary (2020), the Lucie Foundation emerging artist scholarship (2019), and the 2020 Women Photograph mentorship program. Their work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and publications worldwide, including solo exhibits in Canada, France, Germany, Poland and the USA. 

Clients include Airbnb, Apple, Beats by Dre, Calvin Klein, CBC, City of Montreal, Courrier International, Fotografiska NY, Massivart, Netflix, Refinery29, Showtime, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Vice, Washington Post.

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Education & Training

2021 Women Photograph 2021 workshop - online

2020 Women Photograph 2020 workshop - online

2020  Women Photograph 2020 mentorship class - Recipient (mentee) - USA

2019  In House Outer Space - 10-day artist residency - Reykjavik, Iceland

2014 - Dawson college - Professional Photography degree - Montreal, Canada


Awards & Distinctions

2020 The Burtinsky Grant - Honourable  mention - Canada

2020 The 30 (formerly PDN 30) 2020 Honoree - USA

2020 Getty Images : Creatives in Quarantine bursary - USA

2019  Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - USA

2019  Artsida 9 - Emerging artist award - Canada 

2018  Adweek - Creative 100 list - USA

2017  Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship - Shortlist - USA

2014  Flickr 20 under 20 - Curator’s choice award - USA

Selected Press & Interviews

British Journal of Photography

Buzzfeed News

The New Yorker

CNN

Vogue Italia

Washington Post

Lucie Foundation

CBC Arts

Vice

Refinery29 x VSCO

Strange Fire

Vice

Yiara Magazine

Women Photograph

Humble Arts Foundation

 It's Nice That

Bomb Magazine

Broadly

Vice Photo issue 2018

Xpace

I-D


Books

2021 Laurence Philomene : Puberty - Yoffy Press - USA - first edition of 1,000 - Monograph (solo work) - Pre-order here

2020 New Queer Photography: Focus on the margins - Verlag Kettler - Germany - first edition of 1,000 - Anthology (works featured) -  Purchase here

2020 "Boys Boys Boys" - teNeues/Mendo - first edition of 5,000 - Anthology (works featured) - Purchase here

2015 - Unlocked - ATOPOS - Greece - first edition of 4,000 - Anthology (works featured) - Purchase here

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Puberty - Fotografiska NY Museum - New York, USA

2022 Puberty - Galerie COA - Montreal, Canada

2020 Les Essentiels - Massivart (public art installation) Jarry Park - Montreal, Canada

2019  Huldufólk & Puberty - La Cenne - Montreal, Canada

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

2018  No girls / no boys / no nothin - Nosna Gallery - Kracow, 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 & Collections

2022 Foire papier (contemporary art fair) - Galerie COA - Montreal, Canada

2022  NEW QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY - f³ – freiraum für fotografie, Berlin, Germany

2022 The Journal - Foto Wien - Vienna, Austria                                                                  

2021 “Lava Field, Huldufólk” work acquired - Musée Pointe à Callière [permanent collection], Montreal, Canada  

2021  In Keeping with Myself - Portrait Gallery of Canada - Ottawa, Canada                

2021 Foire papier (contemporary art fair) - Galerie COA - Montreal, Canada           

2020 Two Way Lens: Portraits as Empathy - Humble Arts Foundation (online) - USA

2020 The Journal: Women Photographers Respond to COVID-19 - Photoville  / Brooklyn Bridge  Park - NYC, USA

2020 Portrayals of queer love - Artsy (online) - USA

2020 New Visions (Fotografiska NY x VICE) - Fotografiska Museum NY - NYC, USA

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

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

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

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

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

2016  We, Other - Pop Montreal - Montreal, Canada

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


Selected Artist Talks

2022  LA Center of Photo - Online  

2021 Women photograph workshop x Adobe - Online 

2021 SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre - Online   

2019 Cannes Lyons Festival - Cannes, France

2019 Université Sciences Po - Paris, France



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