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Ève K. Tremblay

Éve K., Montreal 2016, photo by Alex Clark

Ève K. Tremblay, a photographer and multidisciplinary artist born in 1972, grew up in Val-David, alongside her father Alain-Marie Tremblay’s ceramics workshop and her mother-in-law, the artist Indira Nair. Inspired by the bipolar illness of her mother who fell ill shortly after her birth, the exploration of consciousness, transformation and reconstruction are at the heart of her work, from fragmented and unreal scenarios to mindscapes and meditative images. Her works from 1997 and 2006 are inspired by scientific readings, her studies in the fields of French literature, Theater, and Photography, as well as her experiences as a set photographer in the TV and film business. In-situ scenes, performances and rituals played with loved ones and scientists explore Inner worlds, defined within the frame and the photographic surface.

Begun in Berlin where she lived for 3 years, the cycle EKTBF451 / EKTFF451 (2007-2015) explores the mechanisms of memorization and oblivion around Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 dystopian book (1953) depicting a society of consumption and anti-intellectualism. Her works are declined in modes of experimental narrations through different mediums. Since 2013, she has also been exploring the fusion of ceramics and photography. She lives and works between Montreal and the New York area. Named on the long list of the Sobeys Art Award in 2012, her works have been exhibited and published internationally. Among many other places, her works have been exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Québec, MACVAL, Bergen Kunsthall, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, Momentum 7, the Nordic Biennale, Le Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, The Petach Tikva Museum of Art.

Upcoming shows in 2017:

Studeo Studio, curated by Emily McKibbon, Mc Laren Art Center, Barry (3 persons show)/ The closer together things Are, curators Shannon Anderson & Jay Wilson, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Contaminaciònes/Contaminations, (20 artists) curators Sylvain Campeau & Mona Hakim, El Museo de la Cancilleria / Instituto Matia Romero, Mexico (18.01-16.03), 20e  Festival de Mayo, à l’Ex-Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara (16.05-16.07), Centro Cultural Clavijero, Morelia (1.08-29.10)

She is very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Council for Arts and Letters of Quebec. 

The books mentioned at the end of the interview are; The Meadowlands ( Wilderness adventures at the end of the city) by Robert Sullivan and I contain multitudes: the microbes within us  and a grander view of life by Ed Yong and The White Road by Edmund de Waal and  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Paludes de André Gide .

Ève K. Tremblay, Fired Clay Beach Field Trip #5, 30 x44 inches,  Archival pigment print (céramiques, installation in situ et photographie par EKT)
Ève K. Tremblay, Inside Outside Memory (porcelaine et lichen), 2016, porcelain with image transfer, approx 5x6x 1.5 inches
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