In addition to a BFA at Concordia University, Josée Bernard completed studies in teaching and an MFA in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Combining photographic space and video, she creates installations that focus on suffering, solitude and the absurdity of life and death. Her works play upon the notions of rationality and irrationality, the conscious and the unconscious, and the balance and precariousness of forms in space; their autobiographical elements are almost figurative, exploring wisdom and knowledge through satire and irony. Bernard has presented her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Quebec, Canada and Europe, where in 2001 she completed a residency at the Canada Council for the Arts Studio in Paris. She has been involved in the administration of various artist-run centres dedicated to the visual arts, including Optica, Main Film and Dazibao, and has been teaching at Cégep Saint-Laurent since 2003.
Josée Bernard, Comme des îles, 1991, classeurs et projection de film 16mm en boucle, 2mx2mx2m. Photo avec l’aimable autorisation de l’artiste.