Micheline Durocher


Biography

Micheline Durocher is a Montreal-based artist working nomadically in order to collect her materials. She has exhibited her work and shown her videos both nationally and internationally. 

Her films have been shortlisted for several awards: 

  • In 2011, for the Georges-Laoun-Opticien-Oboro Super Short Film Prize (Montreal) 
  • In 2012, at the Festival des cinémas différents et expérimentaux de Paris 
  • In 2010, at the 12th International Film Festival of Patras City (Greece)  
  • In 2007, at the Sydney Underground Film Festival (Australia) 

She has also participated in numerous artist residencies. 

Her artworks have been collected by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Library of Canada and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Artistic approach

In the Western mind, the word “surplus” evokes images of warehouses overflowing with incredibly valuable goods at knockdown prices. These images are connected with such notions as obsolescence, overspending, globalization and success. How do these concepts shape the way we related to the world around us? 

Halfway between performance and photography, this series of pictures offers a new perspective on our relationship with objects and materiality, with desire and mass consumption.  

The luxury goods have been replaced with everyday — even ugly — objects that entomb the (living) body surrounded by a massing of chairs, sofas, plastic bags, old tech and (inanimate) lamps. 

These photographs invite us to reflect… How can we identify and connect with the things around us when we sometimes don’t even know where we end and they begin? How do our bodies and objects relate? How do human beings and the souls of things overlap?

Artist's artworks and activities

Surplus