Raphaëlle de Groot lives and works in Montreal Quebec. Interventions, installations, performance, videos, and artist books: each of Raphaëlle de Groot’s realizations is a particular response to the work with which she is engaged.
Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in Montreal, including a recent one at Galerie de l’UQAM (Raphaëlle de Groot. En exercice, 2006) and in France, at Le Quartier (Quimper), in 2004. She has participated in many group shows, including Rendre réel/Making Real (Quebec Scene, Ottawa, 2007), Negotiating Us, Here and Now (Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, UK, 2005), Just my Imagination (ArtLab, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 2004), and “We come in peace...” Histories of the Americas (Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2004).
De Groot has often worked in the framework of artist residencies. Between 2002 and 2004, for instance, she stayed in Italy at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella), where she carried out a project with workers in a textile factory. Her artistic practice is also regularly fuelled by multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborations. From 1999 to 2001, under the aegis of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal and the Association des aides familiales du Québec, she produced the exhibition Beyond the Call of Duty. Chronicles of Domestic Work in Private Homes 1920-2000. As curator, she instigated and presented the urban event Mémoire vive (Dare-Dare and the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, 2002). Since 2005, she has been working with landscape architect Robert Desjardins and architect Gavin Affleck on a new concept for the development of Square des Frères-Charon, slated for completion in the fall of 2007. Born in Montreal in 1974, Raphaëlle de Groot began showing her work in Canada and in Europe in 1996. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in visual and media arts from UQAM and has studied at Purchase College, State University of New York. She was awarded several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. In 2006, she was awarded the Pierre-Ayot Prix d’excellence by the City of Montreal.
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Raphaëlle de Groot, Making the Most of Leftovers/L’art d’accommoder les restes, 2008. Installation of remains from performance. Dimensions Variable.