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Jérôme Fortin biography

Jérôme Fortin, born in Joliette in 1971, lives and works in Montreal. Since 1996, he has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions in Prague, Pretoria, Tokyo, Paris, Toronto and Montreal. His work has also been shown in many group exhibitions around the world, and he has participated in several artists’ residencies during his career.

In 2007, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) presented an exhibition of Fortin’s art. He received the Prix Pierre-Ayot from the City of Montreal in 2004. Fortin’s works are in several collections, including the MAC, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Pretoria Art Museum, the National Museum of China, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Montreal. In addition, his works are included in corporate and private collections. The artist has also taken part in several projects integrating art and architecture.

At the beginning of his career, Jérôme Fortin created sculpture installations which combine the tradition of cabinets of curiosities with the practice of mass consumption in the 20th and 21st centuries. Corks, plastic bottles, matches, nails and tin cans are all cleverly manipulated and assembled as visual and material curiosities. Their colors, forms and textures evoke the flowers, seashells, jewelry and amulets once collected for their exoticism. The poetic and enigmatic appearance of these sculptures deflects the ordinary aspect of everyday objects.