Who we are?
The artistic practice of our duo, active since 1991, consists in discovering meaningful forms in the images we record and the material we uncover in locations that are out of the ordinary. Our approach is as follows: survey, photograph and film the particular environment; meet with the local men and women; create unique and special events. We produce various sorts of visual and reflective contents: video and photographic installations, pluri-disciplinary sculptures, photographs and drawings on paper.
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: “Louis Couturier and Jacky G. Lafargue do not choose their places of operation randomly. Near or faraway, they are all characterized by some social affliction, a wound that has been cauterized discreetly, at times incompletely, depending on the local human relationships at play”. (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.