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Kourtney Roy


Born in 1981, North Bay Ontario, Canada, lives in Paris


Kourtney Roy studied from 2000 to 2004 at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design,  Bachelor of Fine Arts Vancouver and 2003 at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Kourtney Roy has taken part in numerous international exhibitions, she has received prizes in 2007 Prix « Picto », Paris, 2008 « Screenings awards », Berlin, 2012 « Emily Award », Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, 2012: « A Shaded View of Fashion » The Doll, Milan, Italy, 2013 « La Carte Blanche PMU/Le Bal », Paris, 2014 nominated and 2015 rewarded the « Prix Elysée », Musée de l' Elysée, Lausanne.

Kourtney Roy’s  self-portraits plunge us into an imaginary universe where remnants of the past merge with the contemporary performance of the artist. In each of her photographs, we find her, most often alone, or rather inscribed in a unique sensation which has little to do with the feeling of isolation, for it presupposes the presence of a memory. Each photograph represents a temporal meeting that reveals an ephemeral instant marked by the precise encounter of action with place. Kourtney Roy makes a mark of her presence in the world in the interval of an illusion. Like a silver screen heroine, her body becomes one with the décor, whether by crawling on the ground or jumping behind an innocuous shrub. The settings and the spaces are sources of inspiration underlining a poetics of the banal and the quotidian.

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