Virginie Laganière (b. 1977) works and lives in Montreal. She works in the field of visual and media arts where considerations for built spaces, architecture, phenomena of social insecurity, certain forms of historical utopias / dystopias (search and collapse of the ideal) take form in installation art, extended to investigations of the human psyche and unresolved phenomena. These involve sculptural, architectural elements, sound, light, photography and video with a particular bias to site-specific environments.
Working with artist Jean-Maxime Dufresne, she is currently producing new research that looks into the afterlife and narratives of complex and often controversial Olympic sites (Centre VU Photo, Quebec City Biennial, 2014). During a six-month residency in the studios of CALQ / IAAB in Basel, she worked on defensive architectures built in Switzerland during WWII and their implementation as altered bunkers found in everyday homes or municipal shelters across the country.
Recent exhibitions and residencies include Darling Foundry, Montreal; 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo; Titanik Gallery, Turku; Inside-Out Art Museum Residency, Beijing; Homesession Art Space, Barcelona; Tapiola Guest Studio, CALQ / Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, Espoo.