This month I had the pleasure of being included in Forge Art Mag’s Currents exhibition at Mount Analogue in Seattle, alongside some amazing artists and fellow long-time collaborators of the magazine
I showed three pieces as part of the exhibition, two images from my series “Lucky”, and one from “Puberty”
As part of Matthew (editor of Forge)’s residence at Mount Analogue, he has also been doing podcast interviews with all of the artists involved in the exhibition, you can listen to my episode of the podcast/interview here: https://soundcloud.com/forgeartmag/laurence-philomene-currents-2019-interview
This month, I also had some work displayed as part of Chromatic Festival’s 10th anniversary edition at Usine C in Montreal. I showed a preview of my project “Huldufólk”, shot in Iceland last month as part of my residency with In House Outer Space. You can see this preview below
& I also have some work from my projects “me vs others” and “lucky” showing in Budapest at the moment as part of Queeruption festival, you can see more about that here: https://www.instagram.com/queeruption/
Last but not least, I finally set up a print store on this website, so you can now purchase prints directly through that! I will keep it updated with prints at various price ranges - at the moment I’ve got postcards, two limited edition archival prints, as well as some exhibition prints on there : www.laurencephilomene.com/store
I am honoured to be a judge for the 2019 @gettyimages Creative Bursary along with @jesstdugan, @museummammy, @ryanpfluger, @ericmcnatt, and #tonymoxham.
This year, the bursary is focused on the work of young LGBTQ2s artists. Three grants will be awarded: 3,000$, 7,000$ & 10,000$ - it is free to apply and the deadline is May 28. See the link above for more info on how to apply! Can’t wait to see what you all submit
Getty Images Creative Bursary exists to provide emerging commercial talent with the financial freedom to explore their own projects of personal and creative significance - projects and productions that without funding, may otherwise not get off the ground. If you are a photographer who has been shooting for less than five years, you are eligible to apply.
Seeking to elevate the work of emerging photographers using their art form to create inclusive visual stories, in 2019, our Creative Bursary focuses on the LGBTQTIA+ community. Three grants will be awarded to selected emerging creative commercial photographers, whose work focuses on evolving narratives surrounding the lives of LGBTQTIA+ using still photography
Below are some old favorites from my ongoing project “non binary portraits” (2016-2019) of gender non-conforming youth.
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.
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/