Jennifer Alleyn and Raphaëlle de Groot
L’atelier ouvertApril 4, 2020
Two women in the creative field are learning from each other. Two routes, two approaches — a conversation. A bare thread is revealed between life, practice and the work of both. Together at a pivotal moment on their respective timeline, Jennifer Alleyn and Raphaëlle de Groot propose to suspend time to dive into a biographical excavation and identify a subject to be shared. Through this double portrait exercise, they explore different ways of looking into the world. But above all, they question the free spirit which animates them and what freedom is engaged through creation.
Opening doors to a temporary studio space, Jennifer and Raphaëlle invite us to a pool.
What would you share about yourself?
An object? A letter? A tool? A question?
Jennifer Alleyn's interdisciplinary practice takes the form of films, videos, installations and photographs. Since the late 1990s, we have seen her work regularly in Quebec and abroad. The exploration of the relationship between reality and fiction appears implicitly in her research. She is also interested in the creative process and she made it the subject of several projects. Her works have been awarded in major festivals, but also disseminated by major Quebec institutions. After L’atelier de mon père and Dix fois Dix, in 2018, she created the film Impetus, which intersects with self-fiction and cinema-truth. For this film, which pushes the boundaries of the hybrid form, she receives the Prize Création 2019 awarded by l’Observatoire du cinéma au Québec and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the University of Montreal for "her exceptional contribution to Quebec cinematography. ". She holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia University (1991). She lives and works in Montreal.
Raphaëlle de Groot is a Quebec artist who lives and works between Montreal and Orsigna, Italy. Her works have been presented over the Canadian and international scene for more than twenty years in numerous exhibitions and events including Paris Nuit Blanche, Momenta | Image Biennial in Montreal, also the San Diego Art Institute, the Venice Biennale and the Cultural Festival of Mayo in Guadalajara. Her artistic practice is being developed around the notions of mobility and meeting. Interdisciplinary and performative by nature, it emphasizes the process, duration, participation and collaboration of individuals and communities. Raphaëlle graduated from the School of Visual and Media Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal (MA, 2007), and she received several distinctions including the Sobey Prize for the Arts in 2012.