Lauren Fournier

For the Transatlantic Residency program for Canadian Curators in France, she is interested in extending her years-long curatorial project Fermenting Feminism, where she experiments with site-specificity as a conceptual approach that resonates with the focus on fermentation as method and metaphor— where fermentation is, most simply, the process of microbial transformation. Just as a fermenting body will physically change, her project adapts to its local context as it moves to different sites. This multi-year curatorial experiment saw her work internationally displayed and with a range of collaborators, including with the Danish curators Ida Bencke and Dea Antonsen at the Medical Museion and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and Büro BDP in Berlin. This residency in Paris and Montpellier would allow her work on a French-focused iteration of Fermenting Feminism that engages, from intersectional and Indigenous-centred perspectives, the feminist politics of contemporary art and fermentation as it relates to the diversity of communities living in two vastly different geographical areas of France.


Lauren Fournier is an independent curator, writer, and artist based in Treaty 4 lands/Regina, Saskatchewan. Currently postdoctoral fellow in Visual Studies through the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, she works with artist Lisa Steele on a research-creation project that takes up the politics and aesthetics of land, settler-colonialisms, and class in the specific context of Treaty 4 territories. Interdisciplinary and intergenerational, Lauren Fournier has produced curatorial projects across Canada and internationally that incorporated exhibitions, screenings, performances, colloquia, reading groups, workshops, and other conversational modes. Her engaging, dynamic, and accessible approach to curating is informed by her identity as a working-class, first-generation university student and settler. Her work focuses on underrepresented artists, such as Métis and Indigenous artists, racialized artists, women artists, artists living with disabilities and mental health issues, LGBTQ2S+ artists, artists living with HIV/AIDS, gender non-conforming artists, and late-career artists. 

Recent exhibitions


Fermenting Feminism (Sugar Refinery/Great Lakes). Group exhibition. SUGAR, Toronto. 2020

Experiments in Criticism: Perception and Practice. Symposium. C Magazine, Toronto. 2020


Fermenting Feminism (West Coast/Kombucha Land). Group exhibition. Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Autotheory. Screening programme. The Horse Hospital, London, England, UK

Sylvia Ziemann: Accidental Utopia. Monographic exhibition. Arts on the Move, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils

Autotheory. Screening programme. Vtape, Toronto, Ontario


An Intuitive List. Screening programme. London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA), Museum London, Ontario, Canada

Sick Theories. Screening programme and performance festival (curated as part of an experimental symposium directed by myself and Margeaux Feldman). Jackman Humanities Institute and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

Fermenting Feminism (Hunter’s Moon, Denmark). Screening programme and performance festival (curated as part of an artists’ colloquium directed by myself and the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology). Medical Museion and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, København, Denmark

epistemologies of the moon. Group exhibition. Art Gallery of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Mental Health. Group exhibition. White House Studio Project, Toronto, Ontario


The Sustenance Rite. Group exhibition. Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, Ontario

Fermenting Feminism (Toronto). Group exhibition. Critical Distance Centre for Curators, Toronto, Ontario

Sarah Nasby: Living Things. Public art installation. Billboard on Shaw, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Ontario

Fermenting Feminism. Screening programme. Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec

Fermenting Feminism (Kansas City/Midwest). Group exhibition. Front/Space artist-run centre, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Fermenting Feminism (Berlin/Neukölln). Screening programme and listening session. Büro BDP/ Broken Dimanche Press, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

Fermenting Feminism. Publication project. Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology: Berlin, Copenhagen

Out of Repetition, Difference. Group exhibition. Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto, Canada