ONLINE: Vidéographe: Marc Paradis Retrospective

Wed, May 5, 2021
Fri, May 7, 2021

Marc Paradis Retrospective
A project of Vidéographe, Montreal.

Two online video programs
Program 1: May 5
Progam 2: May 7
Streaming starts at 7pm & ends at 11pm for each program.

This is a FREE EVENT courtesy of Vidéographe, Montreal. This event is part of Vidéographe's celebration of 50 years of continuous commitment to research and promotion of video and experimental practices of the moving image.

Marc Paradis (1955-2019) was a pioneer of queer video in Quebec and Canada. Since his debut work, Le voyage de l’ogre (1981), he has interrogated notions of sexuality, the body and homosexual identity. He was an obsessive and transgressive artist, whose aesthetic oscillates between raw and explicit realism (La cage) and a certain classicism, particularly in his representations of the body (Harems) and in his pictural references.The texts, their literary quality and their declamation play a central role (Réminiscences carnivores [Carnivorous Reminiscences]) and lend a tragic resonance to these stories of love, sex, rupture and death. L’incident “Jones”, Lettre à un amant [Letter to a Lover] and Délivre-nous du mal [Deliver us from Evil] form a triptych that condense these intimate and artistic questionings.

These two programs comprise seven titles made between 1981 and 1991. They accompany the launch of Vidéographe’s bilingual digital publication Marc Paradis, an Ogre’s Desire which comprises three new texts by Luc Bourdon, Alexis Lemieux, and Denis Vaillancourt, the 17 videos made by Paradis, including two previously unseen works, and a rich selection of personal documents – scripts, notes and photographs.


Born in Montréal, Marc Paradis (1955-2019) studied drama and visual arts. Between 1978 and 1990, he also trained with the likes of Józef Robakowski, Bruno Bigoni, Jerzy Grotowski and Michael Kriegman. Paradis became interested in video in 1981, when he did a screen
test for French filmmaker Jean-François Garsi, for whom he worked as an assistant. He went on to make Le voyage de l’ogre, the first of his 17 productions. His works question and consider omantic relationships between men, desire, fantasy, and the representation of sexuality, at times playing with the borders of pornography. In 1984, he made Schème video [Video Scheme] with Luc Bourdon, followed by Say Cheese for a Trans-Canadian Look the following year, two works that look at video art in Canada. He also made portraits and video recordings of artists such as Denis Lessard, John Mingolla and Yves Lalonde. His work has received national and international recognition. His work has received both national and international recognition. Marc Paradis died in Montreal in the summer of 2019.


VIVO is situated on, and works from, the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.