Visual + Digital Arts Open Lecture: Cynthia Girard-Renard

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Cynthia Girard-Renard, artist at Banff Centre summer 2018.

Image courtesy the artist.

The Visual + Digital Arts Lecture Series presents talks by leading Canadian and international artists, curators and academics.

Join Cynthia Girard-Renard, guest faculty for the Banff Artist in Residence 2D program, for this talk.

Cynthia Girard-Renard works in painting, sculpture, installation, poetry and performance. Using a broad range of techniques and forms, she creates exhibitions where politics, identity and imaginary worlds come together. Girard-Renard often takes a theatrical approach, employing banners, scenic backdrops, costumes and accessories, mobiles, sound sculptures, and support structures to support her large scale works. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally at institutions including: Uma Certa Falta de Coerencia, Porto, Portugal (2015); Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China (2011); Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2010); Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Québec (2010); September Gallery, Berlin (2009); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2009); SPACE, London (2006); and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2005.  Recent solo exhibitions include Unicorns and Dictators, Esker Foundation, Calgary in 2014; Nos Maitres les Fous, Musée d’art de Joliette in 2017; and Amour et anarchie, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montreal in 2017.  Girard-Renard’s work was included in the Quebec Triennial in 2008, and in the Canadian Biennial at the National Gallery of Canada in 2017.  

Girard-Renard has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.  She has participated in residencies in London, Paris, New York and Berlin. Girard-Renard currently lives in Montreal where she teaches at Concordia University in the Studio Arts area. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, UK (1998)