Jérôme Havre

 

Jérôme Havre is a Toronto-based artist whose practice concentrates on issues of identity, communities and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. Havre adopts a multidisciplinary approach in his exploration of these themes and their attending questions.
190px_Jerome_Havre_portrait Jérôme Havre is a Toronto-based artist whose practice concentrates on issues of identity, communities and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. Havre adopts a multidisciplinary approach in his exploration of these themes and their attending questions; he uses myriad tools and methods to make tangible the conditions of identity within situations of social transformation. For him, the use of a technological process is not only to accomplish a specific task, but a necessary form of expression in and of itself.
He has been awarded several grants from the Canada Arts Council, Quebec Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council, and he received travel grants for Germany, Spain, the USA, and Martinique. He is currently working as a visual artist to develop his first film with the AGO Art Gallery of Ontario. Jérôme completed his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since 2001 he has exhibited his works in Europe, Africa and North America.
In recent years, my art practice has concentrated on issues of identity, communities and territories that affect me personally. My work interrogates the place of culture and identity and investigates the political and sociological aspects of contemporary life related to nationalism in France (my country of origin) and in Canada (currently my adopted home). A multidisciplinary approach has defined my exploration of these themes and attending questions.

I use a myriad of tools and methods to make tangible these conditions of identity that inform the creation of a total work of art. My practice is indebted to the conceptual legacies of Dada, where a spectator navigates an immersive and staged scene.

My practice turns on my efforts to make tangible these conditions of identity in settings that favor social transformation, and considers how these ideas and experiences can be articulated through arts.