Marcio Lana-Lopez worked mainly as documentary photography during the 90's. Today, his approach is completely undisciplinary, dealing and questioning the possible relations between pop culture, media and everyday ethics. Self-representation, referential fiction, fuzzy logics, humour, irony, institutional freakness and dystopic environments are the main elements used by the artist in his visual research. His recent work was exhibited at the artist run centers CLARK and SKOL (Montreal) and VU (Quebec). He is adjunct professor in Visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Brazilian born and living in Montreal, Canada since 2001.
Young photographer, and member of the collective Pavillion, the artist carried out several projects in the mode of the autofiction. During its photographic exhibiition at Skol gallery, Montreal, in 2003, she staged her love relationship with an absent man: showing herself as a dreamer, sad or nostalgic, in various environments related to her personal history (streets of New York, beaches, hotel rooms).
Marie-Josée Hardy's artistic approach is characterized by the use of staged photography and the construction of fantasmatics self-portraits inspired from written correspondance with the community. Hardy has conducted this process through her recent residencies, notably at the artist-run center AdMare (Îles-de-la-Madeleine) in the spring 2007. In her exhibition at Espace Virtuel (Saguenay) in 2006, she acted as her own model, transforming herself with costumes and other playful objects to illustrate other people's fantasies, freed from the constraints of the real and the convenient. The artist live in Chicoutimi.
James Prior works primarily with video and photography to explore notions of masculinity and the clichés of affective life. Past solo exhibitions include: Access Artist Run Center, Vancouver (2003); Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John's (2002); and V.A.V. Gallery, Montréal (2000). Past group exhibitions include: Observatoire 4, Montréal (2003); The Floating Gallery, Winnipeg (2002); Lotus Eaters Gallery, Piscine Saint-Michele, Loft, and Belgo Building Suite 516, Montréal (2001). Upcoming solo exhibitions include: Vu, Québec (2005); Skol, Montréal (2006); Artcite Inc., Windsor (June 2004); and Alternator Gallery, Kelowna (April 2004). Upcoming group exhibitions include: Gallery 44, Toronto (March 2004). Prior lives and works in Montréal.
Member of the Board of Directors of Agence TOPO, she is an independent artist-photographer. She has been an independant curator since 1998 to 2002, during which she directed the gallery Vox, an artist-run center dedicated to photography. She was member of the organizing committee of Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal in 1999 and curator of many photographic and new media exhibitions. As a photographer, her work is regularly presented in Canada and abroad. As well, since 1996, she has created four works for the Web. She holds a Master in Visual Arts, Photography from Concordia University (1996) and is currently conducting a Doctorate in Études et pratiques des arts at Uqam.