Laurence Philomene

Laurence Philomene is a non-binary 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, non-binary transgender artist coming of age amid the rise of internet culture and social media. They are interested in exploring western understandings of masculinity and femininity, and how those inform our perception of gender, visually. They are also fascinated by how femininity and masculinity can co-exist outside of the binary.

Laurence’s work on gender and identity 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 30 exhibitions worldwide, including 4 solo exhibits in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin and Kracow.

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.

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Selected clients : 

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

Selected press

"Testosterone and the trans gaze" on It's Nice That

"Personne ne photographie le genre comme Laurence Philomene" on Vice Quebec

"Gender Dysphoria : Laurence Philomene interviewed" on Bomb Magazine

"This photographer spent 7 years photographing their trans bestie" on Broadly

"These Photos Explore the Multiple Identities We Have Online and Off" - On Broadly, Vice Photo issue 2018

"Adweek’s Creative 100: Meet the Multitalented Masters Behind Today’s Most Innovative Work" 

"Hanging With The Subjects Of Laurence Philomene's Photo Series Non-Binary" on Refinery 29

"Representing non-binary bodies with Laurence Philomene" on I-D

"Pictures worth a thousand genders" on CBC arts

"The Photographer Representing Her Non-Binary Friends as They'd Like to Be Seen" on Broadly

"Exploring identity through the bodies of others" on Dazed Digital

"Photographer Laurence Philomene proves pink is the warmest colour" on I-D

"The Coven: Practical Magick" Dazed summer 2015

Awards & residencies 

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


Ongoing/Upcoming Exhibitions + Talks

Laurence Philomene @ La maison du Quebec à St-Malo (July-August 2019, St-Malo, France)

Under the anti lies the body curated by Slowroom Contemporary @ Stefanskirken (August 13-18, 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark)

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