Rébecca Lavoie

PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Humanities, Concordia University

2009 – MA in Political Thought, Université d’Ottawa

Rébecca’s research examines how feminist and queer artistic practice works not only within the field of representation, to produce artistic works for circulation within the spaces of art exhibition, but also to carve out spaces within urban landscapes for community-building. Following from current scholarship on new genres of public art practice, Rébecca argues for a new appraisal of political art bound to the social spaces in which it emerges in communities of practice. For her doctoral research, she has chosen two urban sites, Montréal and Chicago, for in depth studies of communities of queer-feminist art practice, engaging with complex spaces where questions of race, language, ethnicity and class intersect with gender and sexuality.

In the last few years, she has hosted feminist spoken word nights, has made a couple of queer videos, and has been involved with Edgy Women/Redux Festival as a blogger and conference host, as well as a co-organizer for Edgy Colloque 2014, a feminist performative conference. Along with other Feminist Media Studio members, she co-organized a week-long workshop around the notion of trespass for Encuentro 2014. She is a member of La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Hexagram, and Réalisatrices Équitables. She is currently developing film and video programming projects in Chicago, bringing queer and feminist films onto the screen.

“Pratiques artistiques féministes et queers en art vidéo : propositions politiques post?-identitaires” in Recherches Féministes (vol. 27.2). Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval.