Olivia Boudreau pursues a reflection about the image, the body, experience and perception through research into performance and video art. She mainly creates long, laborious video sequences that place the body at the forefront. In allowing the human form to submit to the passing of time, she seeks to establish an intimate dialogue between the spectator and the image. Her various installations thus give the spectator the opportunity to experience perception in time. Long duration, slowness and inaction are all things that characterise her work in the bulk of her production. Eroticism, intimacy, animality and the vulnerability of the body constitute the “narrative” framework of her shots.
Olivia Boudreau is a video artist supported by a number of Montreal institutions and art critics. She holds an MFA from the École des Arts Visuels et Médiatiques at UQÀM, Montréal, and was awarded the 2011 Prix Pierre-Ayot from the City of Montreal. Her main solo exhibitions have been shown at B-312, Dazibao, Optica and Galerie de l'UQAM in Montreal, as well as the Néon gallery in Lyon (France) following a residency in Valence organized by Art3. From 2009 to 2012, she was in residence at Fonderie Darling as part of the Montreal Studio program. In 2014, the Leonard & Bina Ellen art gallery at Concordia University organized a retrospective exhibition of her 10-year long artistic career. In 2012, 2014 and 2016, Boudreau was on the long list of the Sobey Art Award, the most prestigious award in contemporary art in Canada. Her work is represented in the collection of major museums and institutions of Quebec.
L'Oscillation du visible, Leonard & Bina Ellen art gallery, Concordia University, Montreal
No Foundation, Katherine Mulherin Projects, Curators: Penelope Smith et Katherine Mulherin, Toronto
Intérieur, Fonderie Darling, Montreal
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010, Toronto
Dans l’intervalle, B-312, Montreal
BOX, Dazibao, Montreal
Pelages, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal