The MIT List Visual Arts Center will present the first US museum exhibition of Vancouver-based artist Raymond Boisjoly. Boisjoly works with photography and image-based mediums to consider notions of cultural property, the circulation of images, and the conditions of image-making today. As a Canadian artist of Haida and Quebecois descent, Boisjoly expands on the Vancouver School’s post-conceptual photographic practices while attending to complexities of visual representation alongside negotiations of Indigeneity in the context of colonialism. Interested in the ways that images and language can break, distort, falter, or fail, Boisjoly draws on, and bends, vernacular conventions in language, photography, and fabrication. His works often interrogate their own place in the realm of fine art by freely appropriating a range of media and image culture, or by using commercial printing methods. For his List Center exhibition, Boisjoly will debut a new body of work in which the distanced and mechanical mediation of handheld printers offers a counterpoint to romantic ideas of writing and poetic expression and the unexpected graphite-like quality of beer can as a drawing tool can speak to complex histories of ritual.
Raymond Boisjoly’s exhibition is organized by curator, Natalie Bell.
Raymond Boisjoly (b. 1981, Langley, British Columbia) lives and works in Vancouver. He has had solo exhibitions at VOX, Montreal (2016); Carleton University (2015); Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Winnipeg (2014); Simon Fraser University Gallery (2013). He has been featured internationally in biennials including Les Ateliers des Rennes—biennale d’art contemporain (2018), Biennale de Montréal (2014), and SITElines Santa Fe (2014); exhibitions at Triangle France, Marseille; Camera Austria, Vienna (2014), The Power Plant, Toronto (2012); and the Vancouver Art Gallery (2016 and 2012). Boisjoly received a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2006) and an MFA from the University of British Columbia (2008). Boisjoly is currently Assistant Professor in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.
General operating support is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Council for the Arts at MIT; Philip S. Khoury, Associate Provost at MIT; the MIT School of Architecture + Planning; the Mass Cultural Council; and many generous individual donors. In-kind media sponsorship provided by 90.9 WBUR. The Advisory Committee Members of the List Visual Arts Center are gratefully acknowledged.