Geneviève et Matthieu

As part of their residency at Fonderie Darling, Geneviève Matthieu continue their work on Danseprophétiqueàl'îlebizarre, a work that plunges the spectator into the other side of the mirror, at the heart of an initiatory tale that brings together : poetry, a potato chip bag printout, the Steeves baby circle, health blankets, a power bar and portal, body books, a pursuit projector, movement sculptures, a 12-string major guitar, arsenic, electronic keyboard percussion pads, a stage floor, the songs of oblivion, a life empty of us and, above all, a bit of training imagined by a private coach and a butterfly.

Geneviève Matthieu takes a critical look at past and current artistic movements such as DIY culture, conceptual art and performance art. Through residencies, public broadcasts and the experience of the body bouncing, transforming and merging with art, their work is constantly evolving.

Driven by the human spirit, the duo's creative process proposes live art that defies the usual modes of presentation by changing the place, the time, the way of exhibiting and performing.

Do you have a special relationship with your sculptures?
What if they were to perform? How would they go about it?


Geneviève Matthieu, a duo from Rouyn-Noranda in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Quebec, Canada), started out in the late 1990s with a practice that combines art, performance, music and everyday life. Playing on interdisciplinarity, from happening to musical composition and from performance to installation, Geneviève Matthieu creates collective representations and stagings of social tableaux that are sometimes festive, but always human.

Since 2001, its discography has encompassed six titles. Its work, which oscillates between baroque, abstract expressionism and arte povera, has been exhibited in Quebec, across Canada, in the United States and in Europe.

Actively implicated in its community, Geneviève Matthieu have been involved in the development of the artist-run center l'Écart and the Biennale d'art performatif de Rouyn-Noranda for over 20 years.

Recent exhibitions


Danseprophétiqueàl’îlebizarre, Musée d’art de Rouyn-Noranda, CA


L’opéra d’or, Plateforme, Paris, FR


Si les choses étaient différentes, nous ferions autrement, Galerie de l’UQO, Gatineau, CA


Si les choses étaient différentes, nous ferions autrement, Centre d’exposition de Val-d’Or, CA

M. Gros, Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen de l’Université de Moncton, CA

M. Gros, Écart, Rouyn-Noranda, CA

M. Gros, La Capella, Barcelone, ES