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Université du Québec à Trois Rivières
Trois-Rivières, QC, G8Z

A wide overview of the art research and creation of the French Canadian Philippe Boissonnet. Art holography, digital photography, interactive installation, photo-performance, drawings, and more


  Philippe Boissonnet , Installation «Efflorescence», à la Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, 2003

Philippe Boissonnet , Installation «Efflorescence», à la Chapelle du Bon Pasteur, Montréal, 2003

Philippe Boissonnet was born and studied visual arts in Angers and Paris, France. He migrated to Montreal where he completed his M.A. (1983) and his Phd (2013) in arts at University UQAM.  Since 1993, he has been a full-­‐time professor of visual and media arts at the Université  du Québec à Trois-­Rivières where he is leading a research group of artists and professors (URAV). He received the Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation award (Canada, 1983) for his works combining drawing and photocopier images and he won the Shearwater Foundation award for Holographic Arts (1998) for his works incorporating holograms into interactive installations.

Boissonnet has been part of several artist‐in‐residency programs such as The Fringe Research Holographics Lab (Toronto, 1984-­‐1985), the Dirección Nacional del Antártico (Argentina, 2007) and the Center for the Holographics Arts (USA, 2012). Since 1983 Boissonnet’s work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions in Canada, United States, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, Serbia, Mexico, Colombia, Australia, Japan, Austria, Finland and England. Most of his installative artworks encompass several forms of artistic expression:  drawing, photography,   sculpture, holography, video and digital imagery. After a first main exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (2004, Qc, Canada), he presented a selection of light and holographic works from the last 20 years at the Holocenter Vault Gallery (2014, New York). He has also a photo-performance art practice, mainly since 2007. In 2015, 2016 and 2017 he participated to a collective performative project, «Transparent Travel» (curators: The Two Gullivers), in the public spaces of Venice (Giardini, Arsenale and elsewhere) and of Manhattan New York with a plexiglass suitcase, an inflatable globe and a holographic optical film.

The artist thank the SODEC for its help to the realization of this website