Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau in residency

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Artist Residency: September 30 – October 4  |  Performances during the vernissage: Saturday, October 5  • 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Garden of a Former House Turned Museum

For several years, artists Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau have been working with singers and dancers on performances and videos in which objects play important roles as allies or antagonists; they are treated as both extensions of the body and restrictions of its movement.

In residence at the Musée d’art de Joliette,  the artists are working on the first part of a new video installation, in preparation for their exhibition at the Musée in the winter of 2020. The project features an artist who is captive to her chronic ailments, which affect her motor skills. An avid reader of Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, she enters into an imaginary correspondence with her idol.

The performance during the vernissage will play on the numerous possible readings between the lines of Clarice Lispector’s poetry, resonating with the artist’s sensibility. It will include a chorus of voices embodying the text’s different emotional tones.


Artist Residence

September 30 – October 4, 2019

Free for all members of the MAJ  |  Free for visiting non-members with an entrance ticket


Performances during the vernissage

Saturday, October 5  • 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The 4 p.m. performance will be followed by a public discussion.

Free and open to all!


About Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau


Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau are multidisciplinary visual artists based in Montreal, Canada. Their work focuses on theatricality and the choreographic; in their performance work but also in their interest in staging tableaus and working with ephemeral materials that can be said to perform through re-deployment and decay. The duo’s recent works investigate the agency of objects, the material condition of the body, and the transformative potential that bodies and objects exert upon each other. These interests are informed by Chloë’s experience with chronic illness and its effect on their collaboration as well the duo’s exploration of narrative tropes from literature, theatre and television.

They have exhibited widely, notably at the Center for Books and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Kunsthalle Wien; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Whitechapel Project Space, London; the University of Texas, Austin; the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown; the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto; and the Darling Foundry, Montreal. Lum and Desranleau are also known on the international music scene as co-founders of the avant-rock group AIDS Wolf, for whom they also produced award-winning concert posters under the name Séripop. Their work is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

In 2016, Desranleau was awarded the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, and in 2015, the duo was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award.

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Image in the banner:

© Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, production still, from the series Stills From a Non-Existant Performance, 2019. Performer: Deborah Dunn


In collaboration with: Ville Notre-Dame-des-Prairies and Diffusion Hector-Charland.






The artists thank the Canada Council for the Arts for their financial support. 

Conseil des arts du Canada