Garde-fou Prize 2016 – Alexandre Bérubé
In keeping with its longstanding commitment to supporting the creative work of young artists, Folie/Culture awarded the 2016 Prix Garde-Fou to Alexandre Bérubé, a graduating BFA student at Université Laval, on May 20.The $400 award is given annually to a graduating student whose work emerges from an unorthodox research process and reflects Folie/Culture’s mission. The cash prize is accompanied by a critical text on the winner’s work by Alain-Martin Richard (excerpted below) :
With a simple, pared-down installation that cuts to the essential, Bérubé interrogates our presence in the world. He asks a fundamental question : What is our place in the universe? We reflect on the mismatch between here and elsewhere, the way the proverbial grass always seems greener in our neighbour’s yard. By bringing everyday life into the public space, the artist and his real-life companion, Laurie St-Onge Dostie, show there is no line between life and art, which is but one singular manifestation of life.
This gentle twist on our world’s torpor touched the Folie/Culture jury by raising questions of inclusion in human community. Congratulations, Alexandre !
This year’s jury members were Delphine Hébert, Sylvie Larouche and Céline Marcotte.
Alexandre Bérubé’s installation was exhibited at the Université Laval graduating BFA students’ exhibition, Titre de rêve, which ran May 12–22, 2016, at La Fabrique in Quebec City.