Who we are?
The current work of our artistic duo- active since 1991- consists in exploring locations that are out of the ordinary and have singular history. Our approach is as follows: we survey, photograph, and film particular environments, collect material, meet with local men and women, and create unique and special moments. Our multi-disciplinary work of art develops various sorts of visual and reflective contents: video and photographic installations, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and printings on various support materials.
Our current projects deal with transformations of the environment: Asbestos Country (Asbestos, Quebec), The Beauty of Destruction (Murdochville, Quebec), Hydro Cree (James Bay, Quebec), Sheet Metal Stories (Basse-Côte-Nord territory, Quebec), Voyage to the end of highway 138 (Basse-Côte-Nord territory, Quebec). These projects examined environmental impacts and past and present societal choices, while acknowledging the historical and heritage value of these transformations in different regions of Quebec.
Paul Ardenne has written: “For Louis Couturier and Jacky Georges Lafargue, the artwork is valid only if it involves them in real closeness to others and goes beyond strict classical representation”. (Resolute Bay, Journey of a Day into the Night, Editions Sagamie, 2011)
From 1991 to 2008, Jacky Georges Lafargue and Louis Couturier worked together under the name Attitude d’artistes. Their creative process began with the use of a participatory strategy that made art of encounters. This engagement resulted in numerous projects produced in different places and communities. Photography and video are their main components, showing the different steps in creation of works in the public space.