Author Archives: Victoria Stanton

About Victoria Stanton

Montreal-based performance artist, writer, and educator Victoria Stanton explores live action, human interaction, video, film, photography, and drawing.

Exhibition – Montreal~Habana Exchange


Cooking in Reverse, photo by David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo

Montréal~Habana Exchange Presents:
Rencontres en art actual //
Encuentros de arte contemporáneo

October 31 – December 8, 2019
Avecez Art Space, Vedado, Habana, Cuba
Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, Habana Vieja, Cuba
Free admission
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The Montreal~Habana Exchange is a project that creates dialogue among contemporary artists in a Canadian and Cuban context. The first series of events and exhibitions took place in Montreal in the spring of 2019 while the second unfolds in Havana from October-December, 2019.

In addition to presenting a series of performative dinners (see announcement below) I will also be showing performance documentation in two of the exhibition spaces during the Cuban component of the exchange project.

In Avecez Art Space, curator Solveig Font presents A QUIEN PUEDA INTERESAR, a three-person exhibition with myself, Maria Ezcurra and Helena Martin Franco. This is the second iteration of her exhibition by the same title that previously featured Havana-based artists Jenny Brito, Camila R. Lobón, Alina Águila, Celia+Yunior, and  Julio Llopiz-Casal.

At the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Old Havana a larger group show features wall-works, sound installation and a video program that includes Montreal artists: Adam Basanta, Carl Trahan, Caroline Monnet, Cathy Sisler, Danny Perrault, Diane Obomsawin, Estela Lopez Solis, Frédéric Lavoie, Gwenaël Bélanger, Helena Martin Franco, Jenny Lin, Karen Trask, Kim Kielhofner, Kimura Byol, Manon Lebrecque, Maria Ezcurra, Michel de Brouin, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Nadia Myre, Nathalie Bujold, Nathalie Lemoine, Nik Forrest, Rachel Echenberg, Renée Lavaillante, Skawennati, Sylvie Laliberté, Yudi Sewraj (and yours truly).

Performance – Montreal~Habana Exchange

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Descanse y disfrute, photo by David Summerhays

Montréal~Habana Encuentros de arte contemporáneo Presents:
Descanse y disfrute

November 7, 9, 14, 2019, 8:00pm–11:00pm
Various Locations
Vedado, Havana, Cuba
Free admission
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At the invitation of the Montréal~Habana exchange I will be presenting Descanse y disfrute, a relational performance that once again explores our relationship to food. Continuing in the same general direction as the previous renditions in which I cook a meal for a family or group of people in their own home (Cooking in Reverse, What the Interval Tastes Like), the particularity of bringing this piece to Havana rests upon the parameters of this specific context: namely being in a place where resources (food among them) are not always readily available.

How to graciously talk about food when I come from a context of ubiquitous abundance? Again, food is intimately connected to a sense of cultural memory, individual/collective experience, identity, and history and again I recognize the privileged space of intimate cultural exchange that such an encounter may invite into being. This time around there is an additional and concrete recognition of my privilege – that of a Canadian artist having the opportunity to be here, in this city, at this time. It raises many questions, which I hope to sensitively field and actively hold space for.

Performance at Anteism Books – Jhave’s ReRites Revisited

Anteism Books Presents:

Maverick philosopher and digital poet, David Jhave Johnston celebrates the release of his epic multi-volume publication, ReRites (and its interactive installation counterpart) with an evening of spontaneous performative readings. Taking instances of projected A.I. generated poetry, invited artists (and audience) perform/present/interpret rapid-fire lines appearing & disappearing on the screen in real time.

Thursday October 24, 2019, 5pm-7pm
Anteism Books
435 Beaubien West, #100
Free Admission
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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Performance Art Workshop This Fall!

Studio 303 Presents:
Boundaries of the Everyday Body: a post-studio performative intensive
Les frontières du corps quotidien : pratiques performatives post-studio

A bilingual (EN+FR) workshop offered by Victoria Stanton through Studio 303 in Montreal.

September 9 – 13, 2019
9:30am – 12:30pm daily
Fee: $75
Open to artists of all disciplines
To register or for more info: contact Studio 303 at (514) 393-3771 or

Description (version française ci-dessous)
This workshop intensive will specifically locate our process in public settings, surrounded by elements of the “everyday.” An opportunity to deepen our explorations about how we consider, construct, and witness performance in public (non-art) contexts, participants will be invited to experiment with in-situ and in-socius performative practices as we move from one location to the next on a daily basis. How does place inform our behaviour? How do we move, walk, relate, receive – depending on where we are? How do weather, air, walls, others inform our performative choices? With an emphasis on post-studio methodologies, and infiltrating practices (i.e.: more invisible, liminal actions that subtly imprint themselves into the fabric of daily life), through embodied research we will also examine the im/practicalities (challenges, surprises, joys, unpredictability of dynamics) of making/showing work literally “outside the box.”


Cet atelier intensif situera nos pratiques dans l’espace public, entouré d’éléments du quotidien. Il s’agit d’une opportunité pour explorer et approfondir comment nous considérons, construisons et témoignons de la performance dans un contexte public (non artistique). Les participant-es seront invité-es à expérimenter avec des pratiques performatives in-situ et in-socius au cours de déplacements à chaque jour. Comment est-ce qu’un lieu informe notre comportement? Comment est-ce qu’on bouge, marche, interagit, reçoit – dépendamment d’où nous sommes situé-es? Comment est-ce que la météo, l’air, les murs, et les autres informent nos choix performatifs? En mettant l’accent sur les méthodologies post-studio et les pratiques d’infiltration (actions invisibles et liminales qui affectent subtilement le tissu de la vie quotidienne), et à travers une recherche incarnée, nous allons également examiner les aspects pratiques (et non-pratiques) liés à la création et à la présentation en dehors du cadre traditionnel.

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Performance at La Place Publique – Fonderie Darling

Cooking in Reverse, photo by David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo

La Place Publique & Fonderie Darling Present:
Au risque d’entraîner l’éveil // Possible Awakenings #6

Thursday August 8, 2019, 5:30pm–11:00pm
Fonderie Darling
745 Ottawa Street, Montréal
Free admission
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[version française ci-bas]

In the Place Publique summer events at the Darling Foundry in Montreal, the sixth and final evening of the Possible Awakenings series is made through mutual aid and collective creation. In the context of a collaboration carried out before the event or in the case of a first encounter between the artist and the public, the projects are inspired by various performative traditions, including participative happenings, flash mobilizations, and transactional practices. Exchanges and meetings, whether long-term or accidental, materialize on Ottawa street and mark the end of this performance series focused on the participative experience where states of passivity and action follow one another, through an ambiguous sharing of roles between performer and observer.

For this occasion, I have invited massage therapists (and artists with massotherapy backgrounds or a deep interest in taking part) into a conversation about “care.” Asking the question “How do those who care for others care for themselves?” I propose a two-part session in which a collective brainstorming/dialogue may take place. The first part, an informal gathering over dinner (an offering from me to my guests) addresses this question collectively among the invited therapists. The second part, a performative panel discussion / action conceived of by the group, continues the dialogue by inviting Place Publique’s larger public into the conversation.

With the participation of: Annik Baillargeon, Christina Bosowec, Amber Dawn, Chad Dembski, Chantal Lemieux, Shanthi Minor, Christiane Patenaude, Renaud Phaneuf, and Josée Tremblay.

> 5:30PM: Nicole Fournier – Performance écovention
> 6PM: Sylvaine Chassay & Dans la rue – Nous sommes ici
> 6:30PM: Tina Carlisi – Laugh Like the Sun, Dance Like the Wind
> 7PM: Victoria Stanton & massage therapists – Questions of Care
> 8PM: Ayò Akínwándé – Mumu LP Vol.2: The Orchestra

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Dans le cadre des événements estivals à La Fonderie Darling à Montréal, la sixième et dernière soirée d’Au risque d’entraîner l’éveil se place sous le signe de l’entraide et la création collective. Dans le contexte d’une collaboration réalisée en amont à l’événement ou celui d’une première rencontre entre l’artiste et le public, les projets s’inspirent de diverses traditions performatives, dont celles du happening participatif, de la mobilisation éclair et de la pratique transactionnelle. Les échanges et rencontres, effectués sur le long terme ou de manière fortuite, sont mis en espace sur la rue Ottawa et marquent la fin de cette série de performances axée sur l’expérience participative où se succèdent les états de passivité et d’action, à travers un partage des rôles parfois ambigu entre celui qui performe et celui qui observe.

Pour cette occasion, j’invite des massothérapeutes (et les artistes avec un historique de pratique en massothérapie ou qui ont un intérêt profond à participer) à discuter autour du sujet de « soin ». En posant la question « Comment celles et ceux qui s’occupent des autres s’occupent-ils d’eux-mêmes »? je propose une rencontre en deux parties au cours de laquelle un dialogue/brainstorming collectif pourrait prendre place. La première partie, une réunion informelle autour d’un souper, (que j’offre à mes invité.es) aborde cette question collectivement parmi les thérapeutes invité.es. La seconde partie, une table ronde performative conçu en groupe, poursuit le dialogue en invitant maintenant le public élargi de la Place Publique à participer à la conversation.

Avec la participation de : Annik Baillargeon, Christina Bosowec, Amber Dawn, Chad Dembski, Chantal Lemieux, Shanthi Minor, Christiane Patenaude, Renaud Phaneuf, et Josée Tremblay.

> 17 H 30 : Nicole Fournier – Performance écovention
> 18 H : Sylvaine Chassay & Dans la rue – Nous sommes ici
> 18 H 30 : Tina Carlisi – Laugh Like the Sun, Dance Like the Wind
> 19 H : Victoria Stanton & massothérapeutes – Questions of Care
> 20 H : Ayò Akínwándé – Mumu LP Vol.2: The Orchestra

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RIPA 2019 – Performance Evening

Sharpshooter (top five hits: 3.33 RPH version), photo by Henry Chan

RIPA 2019 Presents:
The eighth edition of the rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle

***Performance evening: Thursday May 30, 2019, 7:00pm–11:00pm
***Discussion Panel: Friday, May 31, 2019, 2:00pm–4:30pm
***Tickets for performance: $9 at door, Presale for $7, free for children 12 and under
***Free admission for discussion panel
Fonderie Darling
745 Ottawa Street, Montréal
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For this eighth edition, RIPA – rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle will take place on May 30th and 31st 2019 at the Darling Foundry. The event will unfold in two stages: on the first day there will be a performance evening honouring eleven emerging artists from university networks as well as Victoria Stanton stepping in as this year’s mentor artist, both accompanying the others while also presenting a new work on the same evening. The following day there will be a discussion panel addressing current themes in performance art.

The discussion panel will offer a space to reflect on performative practices and will allow for conversations regarding the interventions presented the evening prior. This year’s panel will be divided into two thematic parts: “Vital Space” and “Social Space”.

RIPA- rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle is an annual non-profit event run by volunteer students whose aim is to promote the emerging performative practices from the Quebec university system and neighbouring areas. RIPA wishes to develop Quebec’s performance networks by fostering exchanges between students, audiences and the art community.

Alexandra Bischoff
Ariane Gagné and Sophie Merizzi
Emma Forgues and Sam Bourgault
Gabrielle Desrosiers
Gabrielle Poulin
Jacqueline Beaumont
Léo Gaudreault and Charles Voyer

PRIX POWERHOUSEHOUSE PRIZE 2018 // Victoria Stanton & Helena Martin Franco

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Presents:
•••Residency/Exhibition: Nov 9 – Dec 7, 2018
•••Award Ceremony & Opening: November 16, 6pm to 9pm
•••Performance Series: Several dates, see details below
La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse
4296 blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal
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I am thrilled and filled with gratitude to have been selected as one of two recipients of the PRIX POWERHOUSE PRIZE 2018 – an award being shared with the amazing artist, Helena Martin Franco.

From the La Centrale website:
“The winners of the 2018 Powerhouse Award were chosen through consensus by members of the jury following animated deliberations on the thirty-four nomination files under consideration. The discussions were guided by a genuine spirit of openness and sharing of diverse perspectives, grounded in the dedication of its members. This openness of process and dialogue needs to be highlighted, thanks to the diversity of perspectives and practices within the jury. Our choice fell on two ambitious artists who, while being active in their community for a long time, contribute decisively to an art form still marginalized by institutions. In this respect, we have not opted for obscure artists, but rather for true fighters of a certain caliber whose commitment to their artistic practice and community is without question and deserves today to be honored. Let us also mention that this process of deliberation has, over the years, allowed us to discover artists with extraordinarily rich practices and expand our knowledge of the work of several others. It is safe to say that our critical reflections in choosing the artists for this award will have an impact on the direction of future programming in contexts other than this one, the La Centrale Powerhouse initiative being fundamental to the ecology of Montreal’s visual arts community.”

With this wonderful award comes the opportunity to have an exhibition. In thinking about the work I would like to show in the gallery I came to the conclusion that what would align the most with my practice would be to undertake a performative/relational/durational engagement with the space. And to do so through honouring the people who have been instrumental in some form or other for having helped me to become an artist and devote my life’s work to my performance art/life practice: mentors, influences, inspirations, collaborators (or a combination of all of these). The list is long but I have narrowed it down. The result will be a series of public presentations in the gallery (address above) over the course of the exhibition: individual performative encounters in the form of one-on-one exchanges – whether performances, conversations, silences, participatory actions, or an interweaving thereof.

I am delighted then, to welcome these special guests on the following dates:

Tues, Nov 20: 5 to 7 in performance with Louise Dubreuil
Thurs, Nov 22: 5 to 7 in performative dialogue with Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood
Sun, Nov 25: 3 to 5 in performance with Sylvie Tourangeau
Wed, Nov 28: 5 to 7 in dialogic performance with Jacob Wren
Fri, Nov 30: 5 to 7 in performative dialogue with Kathryn Presner & Bob Presner
Sun, Dec 2: 3 to 5 in performative process with Sylvie Cotton
Tues, Dec 4: 5 to 7 in performance with Nathalie Derome
Thurs, Dec 6: 5 to 7 in walking performance with karen elaine spencer (starting at gallery)
Nov 16 – Dec 7: (ongoing) performance instructions with Linda Mary Montano


Helena Martin Franco and I will be occupying the gallery for the entirety of this time and so will plan to perform collaborative actions and engage in performative dialogues as well. More dates to be announced but basically you can come by the gallery anytime during opening hours over the course of our creative residency starting Nov 9 right through to the end of the expo and likely find us there!