Untitled, 2011, inkjet print on photographic paper, edition of 5, 50 x 75 cm
Catherine Plaisance is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, installation, drawing and video. Her work has been exhibited in a number of venues, including at the Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (Athens, Georgia, United States), SAS Galerie (Montréal, Canada), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, Canada), Maison de la culture Mont-Royal (Montréal, Canada), Biennale Internationale de l’Image de Nancy (Nancy, France), and Manif d’art 3 de Québec (Québec City, Canada). In collaboration with artist Christian Barré, she has created a body of photographic work that has been shown in various exhibition spaces in Canada, the United States and Poland.
She is a co-founder of the performance collective Les Fermières Obsédées, whose metaphorical productions blend a number of different artistic disciplines. Active in the group from 2001 until 2009, she took part in performances staged in Canada, Australia, France, Northern Ireland, Wales and Poland. She has received a number of grants from both the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Catherine Plaisance lives and works in Montréal.
The members of the jury, Réal Lussier, curator, Bastien Gilbert, general director of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec, Paryse Taillefer, owner of the restaurant La Paryse and collector, Carol Bernier, painter, and Simon Blais, president of the Sylvie and Simon Blais Foundation, met to select the recipient of the award on April 27.