The Humanities Project

Duo Couturier/Lafargue: One Week Art Residency, Multi-media Exihibition and Artist Talk


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Event date: February 24-28, 2014

4:00 - 7:00 pm
Ronald Rettner Hall for
Media Arts and Innovation
University of Rochester, River Campus

Contact: Evelyne LeBlanc Roberge at

Funded by the Humanities Project and the Department of Art & Art History.

Video: New Artist Residency Program Invites Couturier and Lafargue to Campus

Article: Couturier Lafargues Earthworks: Asbestos and Copper at the University of Rochester

Canadian multi-media artists Louis Couturier and Jacky Georges Lafargue have travelled in various unusual and often very remote locations to work and interact with diverse communities. Their singular expeditions lead to fascinating discoveries that they translated into images, site-specific art, sculptures, special events and other multi-media installations. The duo will be in Rochester for a one week art residency at the new Ronald Rettner Hall's facilities on River Campus. The residency will cumulate in an installation of the artists' work in the lobby of Rettner Hall. Couturier and Lafargue will also give a public lecture about their practice and conduct informal workshops with students throughout the week.

The visit of Couturier/Lafargue on campus will provide the opportunity for students to meet and work with professional artists in the special context of an art production residency. During their stay, the artists will work on the printing and editing of two their most recent projects: Asbestos Country and The Beauty of Destruction (Copper Mine). The artists are also interested in scouting areas of the city of Rochester for potential future projects.

The artists have been working together since 1991. They have presented their work at the Centre culturel canadien á Paris, Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Maison de la culture NDG (Montreal), Musée de Picardie (Amiens, France), The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse), among many other venues. Four monographs and numerous essays and articles have been published internationally about their work.

This project is a first initiative that we hope will lead to develop a biannual residency program at UR for multidisciplinary artists and scholars. Funded by the Humanities Project and the Art & Art History Department.