Guillaume Adjutor Provost

Artist Statement

At the core of Guillaume Adjutor Provost’s practice is an interest in the presentation context of an artwork within an exhibition space. The artist sees the presentation of an installation not as an end in itself, but as a site of action and contemplation that goes beyond the presented work. In this context, the artist also acts in a curatorial way by creating a relationship between a body of work and a research space that is open to artistic, theoretical, and critical collaboration. Through an indeterminateness of forms, Guillaume Adjutor Provost’s production plumbs our unconscious expressions, the idea of usage and the construction of ideals. More specifically, he is interested in what lies in the periphery of history-making: such as with the counter-culture, the personal archives, the vernacular, the science-fiction and the psychoanalytic approaches.


Guillaume Adjutor Provost lives and works in Montreal where he completed a doctorate in art and research at UQAM in 2017. He has received grants from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the OJIQ and SODEC. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughoutCanada, France, Germany, Belgium, Catalonia, Lithuania, and Switzerland. In parallel, his practice has been highlighted through the Jean-Claude Rochefort award and the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art. Since autumn 2016, he has been provided with a studio at the Fonderie Darling where he is currently showing a solo exhibition in conversation with Julie Tremble and Guillaume B.B. entitled “Vapeurs”, curated by Ji-Yoon Han. In 2018, he presented a solo exhibition at Bikini in Lyon, and participated in group shows at Critical Distance (Toronto) and TAP Art Space (Montreal), and conducted a research residency at Rupert Foundation in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2020, he will present an installation in the context of the exhibition “La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux” at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.