I got to shoot yet another editorial for Fluide Beauty and had so much fun with it! Such a pleasure getting to work with a queer brand and compensate queer + trans models.
Below are some of my favourite images from the project!
Models : Elle / Kaiden / Lou
MUA : Laurie Deraps
In other news, I was recently invited to participate in my first artist residency, which will take place at In House Outer Space near Reykjavik (Iceland), from April 22 to May 1st, 2019. During this residency, I will be producing new work from my ongoing project “Puberty” documenting my experiences with HRT (hormone replacement therapy), and looking at how these themes correlate with icelandic folklore of hudulfolk (“hidden people”), as well as giving an artist talk.
I have made a gofundme to raise funds to make this project happen - you can see it here to donate & read more about the project : https://www.gofundme.com/laurence039s-first-residency
I take a lot of pride in being able to support myself 100% through my art but at this point, I really need your help in making this residency happen. I am asking for funds to cover : travel fees, the residency fees, as well as subsistence fees for while I am there because food is really expensive in Iceland!!
Anything helps <3 Thank you so much for your support of my work now and throughout the years.
Thought I’d make an update on here since it’s been a while. I have taken the last few months as a bit of a personal sabbatical to heal from burn out and work on developing new projects, but I’m feeling ready to get back in action soon! I have been working on a new body of work of daily self portraits and diary images - thinking about productivity, the slow changes that come with HRT, passage of time, what is staged vs reality, beauty in the mundane, etc. This is a work in progress, not sure yet exactly where it’ll take me but I’m enjoying exploring new ideas visually, and making work outside of a commercial context/without putting too much expectation on it.
I was invited to participate in my first residency, which will take place in Iceland next month with In House Outer Space - I’ll be working on this new body of work there and looking at the body in transformation vs landscape and icelandic folklore. I will post more about this soon ~
Here are a few images from this new project in progress
Currently, I have a print available as part of Boys! Boys! Boys! Volume 4, on paddle 8. The auction ends on March 28, click here to view it + bid : https://paddle8.com/work/laurence-philomene/172390-me-vs-others-sam-as-me/
I have also designed a limited edition tee with Everpress, with this image from my 2013 series “Sugar High” - the shirt is available until March 30, you can go here to purchase it : https://everpress.com/fake-nail-dinner-sugar-high
& here are some upcoming exhibitions for the next few months :
Laurence Philomene @ La maison du Quebec à St-Malo (July 2019, St-Malo, France)
Currents curated by Forge Art Mag @ Mount Analogue (May 3-31, 2019, Seattle)
Queeruption Festival (May 2019, Budapest)
Chromatic Festival @ Usine C (May 10-17, 2019, Montreal, Canada)
Boys Boys Boys @ The Ravestijn Gallery (March 22 - 30, 2019, Amsterdam)
I’ve had the pleasure of having a few pieces of mine as part of “Possible selves : queer foto vernaculars” at Williams College Museum Of Art - The exhibit is up until April 14, 2019 and it is an amazing collection of new queer photography.
Here are some images of the installation taken in December by Bradley Wakoff of Berkshirian Images for WCMA (@wcmaart)
Next up, I am taking part in ArtSida9 which will be taking place on February 3 at the Museum of contemporary arts (MAC) in Montreal! More info on this here : http://artsida.org/artwork/catalog/
2019 for me is all about knowing my worth, and showing up as/for myself more!
To embody this spirit, I took some self portraits in collaboration with Jess Cohen & 3_3_4_7 - here are the resulting images below
I am in the process of finishing up my first monograph with Editions Lemaitre, which will be out in the spring in Paris - more on this soon!
Here are some recent portraits as part of my ongoing non-binary series - if anyone is interested in participating in the series feel free to reach out any time! I am located in Montreal but do travel fairly often. This project has grown a lot over the years, it is something I do for free out of love and am happy to make fun/honest/gender-affirming portraits of any fellow trans/gender-non-conforming ppl out there (non-binary or not) any time, don’t hesitate to ask
Hobbes in my room (she/they). Hobbes is one of my favorite photographers, you can see her work here: https://www.hhobbess.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/hhobbess/
Arielle (she/her) in my studio in the fall. Arielle is an amazing Cree two-spirit writer and sex educator, you can see her work here: https://arielletwist.com/ - https://www.instagram.com/arielletwist/
& Kris (they/them) in my studio this fall as well. Haven’t edited all of this shoot yet but here is a preview! Kris is a wonderful drag artist & dj, you can follow them here: https://www.instagram.com/awwful/