Lauren Gabrielle Fournier in conversation with logan williams

Images (left to right): logan williams, Lauren Gabrielle Fournier.

Vtape presents

between Lauren Gabrielle Fournier and logan williams
Preceded by an online screening of The Truck Guys, 2022, 35:00

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022, 2-4pm EDT
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This conversation is part of the exhibition “AUTO” THEORY by Lauren Gabrielle Fournier

Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
4th floor, 401 Richmond St. W.
March 29 – April 23, 2022
Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm EDT

We have been thrilled to welcome in-person visitors to our exhibition “Auto” Theory by Lauren Gabrielle Fournier since it opened March 29, 2022. With distance so omni-pressent on the Canadian prairies, and the car-as-cocoon acting as a metaphor for the pandemic experience many of us shared, Fournier has produced works that speak to our most recent communal lock-down past, and act as a bridge to this – as yet unknown – new future we are moving into. This online LIVE screening and conversation takes place on the closing day of the exhibition.

List of works with running times:

Waiting for a Train to Pass, single-channel video (colour, sound/English), 01:23, 2022 (footage shot in 2020).

Whipping a Shitty: Or, Idling (Donuts 1), diptych of two single-channel videos (digitized super8, colour, no sound), 01:20, 2022 (footage shot in 2021).

Whipping a Shitty: Or, Idling (Donuts 2), diptych of two single-channel videos (digitized super8, colour, no sound), 01:35, 2022 (footage shot in 2021).

The Truck Guys, single-channel video (colour, sound/English), 35:06, 2022 (footage shot in 2020).

Hay Bale Devotion (Road Trip, Grieving), single-channel video (digitized super8, colour, no sound), 01:28, 2022 (footage shot in 2019).

logan williams is a queer performance-maker, writer, producer, and scholar working in visual culture, theatre, and curatorial studies. williams aims to relocate the drama of the theatre to alternative spaces through explorations in embodiment and intimacy. his research combines affect theory, queer ethics, and performance studies through curatorial projects and theatrical interventions that grapple with contemporary conceptions of home. he holds a BA in visual culture and performance studies from simon fraser university and is pursuing a graduate degree in curatorial studies from the university of toronto.

Lauren Gabrielle Fournier (b. 1989, Regina, Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 lands) is a writer and artist-curator. She is a white settler from a working-class, low-income background and a first-generation student and scholar. She holds a PhD in English Literature and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2021. Her book Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism was published by The MIT Press (2021). and has been widely featured and reviewed in such venues as The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, Hyperallergic, and Art in America. In it, she proposes that work by feminist artists like Adrian Piper and many other LGBTQ2SIAA+ and BIPOC artists ought to be considered alongside a literary history of the emergent genre of “autotheory.” She has published fiction and other creative writings internationally, including the recently published short story “The Grateful Dad” in Soft Punk Magazine (London, UK, 2021): a story of class, colonialisms, and collectibles set in a blue collar neighborhood in Saskatchewan. As an artist, she works primarily in video and super8 film, drawing from queer DIY and performance for camera traditions. Her curatorial and editorial projects like Fermenting Feminism have traveled internationally and have been featured in such publications as the CBC, Die Tageszeitung, Kunstkritikk, and The New York Times. Currently, she is writing and thinking about issues related to settler colonialisms and whiteness, microbes and ecologies, class mobility, intergenerational trauma, and the vagus nerve. Her debut novella The Barista Boys is a hybrid work of auto-fiction and literary criticism, and is forthcoming through Fiction Advocate in San Francisco (2022).

Please note that for now we are still only allowing 6 visitors to enter the gallery at a time. No pre-bookings required.

While masks are no longer required, we do kindly request that visitors wear masks for our collective safety and wellbeing.

We also ask that all visitors:

  • Self-assess before coming to the gallery
  • Postpone your visit if you are not feeling well
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering the gallery
  • Maintain physical distancing within the gallery
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  • Follow staff recommendations


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