Université du Québec à Montréal
Born in 1967, artist Benoît Courchesne has lived and worked in Montreal since 1998. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His artistic practice is mainly comprised of photography, video, and installation. Through these mediums, he deals with themes like death, losing one’s bearings, and the solitude that comes as a result of sickness or trauma. He draws from personal experience to create mise-en-scène that explore the taboos existing within the family unit. The issue of identity is however a key theme in his work. For the first time with his series Second Souffle (“Second Wind”), he juxtaposes text with his photographic installations. He is currently gathering his family’s archives to construct metaphoric images that evoke imaginary spaces. He has exhibited at the Cégep du Vieux Montréal, at the Théâtre de Val Morin, at UQAM’s CDEx and at the Place des Arts in Montreal. In 2015, an image from the series Second Souffle appeared in Remaides Québec magazine. In addition, Courchesne has been selected three times to donate work to Artsida and to the AIDS Community Care Montreal auction.
Benoît Courchesne, Dernier souffle, 2016, Digital photograph