Raphaëlle de Groot was born in 1974 in Montréal. Her art practice encompasses drawing, performance, video, installation and curatorial undertakings, and she has actively worked in Canada and abroad since 1997. Previous projects include 8x5x363+1 with the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy (2002-2004) and En exercice (2006) presented at the Galerie de l'UQÀM in Montréal, accompanied by a significant publication. In 2009, she began the cumulative project The Burden of Objects with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG, Lethbridge, 2009), a long-term undertaking that is coming to a close with the exhibitions The Summit Meetings presented at the SAAG (2014), the Art Gallery of Windsor (2015) and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2016).
In 2013, Raphaëlle de Groot performed during the opening days of the 55th Venice Biennale in an event presented by the Conseil des arts et de lettres du Québec and curated by Louise Déry (Galerie de l’UQÀM). The film Raphaëlle de Groot à Venise was shown at the 32nd International Festival of Films on Art under the curatorship of Nicole Gingras and was presented in the group exhibition Material Girls (2015, Dunlop Art Gallery), now on tour in Canada.
Raphaëlle de Groot has received many distinctions including the Pierre Ayot Award in 2006, the Graff Award in 2011 and the Sobey Art Award in 2012. She holds a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Invited as visiting artist and assistant professor from 2012 to 2014 by Concordia University’s Studio Arts Department, she was also a lecturer at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of the Université du Québec à Montréal from 2008 to 2013. Currently, she is on the board of directors of Turbine.
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