The Audain Visual Artist in Residence (AVAIR) program brings artists and practitioners to Vancouver who have contributed significantly to the field of contemporary art and whose work resonates with local and international visual art discourses. The visiting artists interact with the students and faculty of the School for the Contemporary Arts as well as the broader visual arts and cultural communities and the community-at-large. In keeping with the experimental nature of the School for the Contemporary Arts the terms of engagement are open and change from artist to artist. The cornerstone of the residency is the sharing of artistic research. The program is generously funded by the Audain Foundation Endowment Fund.


Lili Reynaud-Dewar

Lili Reynaud-Dewar

Lili Reynaud-Dewar, My Epidemic (performance at 56th Venice Biennial, Biblioteca dei Giardini), 2015 Banners, posters, bean bags.

Reynaud-Dewar is a 2015 Audain Visual Artist in Residence, which is co-presented by SFU Galleries and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her residency and exhibition are supported by the Institut français and the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.

Lili Reynaud-Dewar uses a range of mediums such as textiles, sculpture, text, performance and video to create environments in which she examines how gestures of vulnerability and concealment catalyze both exploitation and empowerment. Her practice considers the historical, social and economic construction of the institutions she produces in, and her works expose how these spaces privately and publicly codify bodies and experiences. Reynaud-Dewar works towards mutability, circulation and synthesis. She addresses cultural trauma by performing her own personal history alongside the legacies of transgressive cultural figures of the twentieth century, such as Cosey Fanni Tutti, Josephine Baker and Guillaume Dustan.

My Epidemic is an iteration of artworks, texts, seminars and exhibitions in which she quotes and edits numerous texts influenced by AIDS and its impact on bodies and culture. This body of work performs the virality of artistic, intellectual and social life, by circulating between discourses of epidemiology, collective action, artistic production and identity formation.

My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class) follows the project My Epidemic (small modest bad blood opera) that Reynaud-Dewar produced for “All the World’s Futures” 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. The project featured a libretto produced with Macon, and a public reading with her students from the Haute École d’art et design. During the Biennale she also released her book My Epidemic (texts on my work and the work of other artists), which was designed in in collaboration with Ramaya Tegegne.

In both the exhibition and the SCA seminar she will host in the Audain Gallery, Reynaud-Dewar will perform Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard’s seminar “Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS”. The seminar was held during the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 for post-graduate students at the Università IUAV di Venezia. Seminar participants responded to Melgaard’s syllabus with texts and artworks that contributed to his exhibition for the Norweigan pavilion, Baton Sinister.

Reynaud-Dewar will teach Melgaard’s syllabus, which was published in the catalogue for Baton Sinister, and will work with undergraduate SCA students through his selected texts and films. In collaboration with Tegegne, seminar participants will edit, transpose and collage excerpts from the texts, to produce posters that convey their individual and collective reading of the works. The seminar takes place on Fridays and Saturdays in October. Once the exhibition opens on October 21, gallery visitors will encounter the performance and seminar in process. The exhibition also features a video produced by BookTV, an initiative by Beckbooks in Geneva.

Lili Reynaud-Dewar (1975) is a French artist who lives and works in Grenoble. She has recently presented solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; Index, Stockholm; Outpost, Norwich, England; and Kunsthalle Basel, and participated in the 12th Lyon Biennial, the 2012 La Triennale, and the 5th Berlin Biennial. Since 2010 she has held a professorship at Haute école d’art et design in Geneva.

Reynaud-Dewar is a 2015 Audain Visual Artist in Residence, which is co-presented by SFU Galleries and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Her residency and exhibition is supported by the Institut français and the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver.


Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk
Wednesday, October 21, 7 - 10PM

Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s SCA seminar My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class)
Friday and Saturday, October 9 - 10; 16 - 17; 23 - 24; 30 - 31, 12 - 5PM - Ramaya Tegegne joins the seminar October 23 - 24.

Ramaya Tegegne
You don't always have to be you to be yourself  "Version#17: Annie Sprinkle"
Friday, October 23, 9PM
MODEL Projects, 147 Main Street

Ramaya Tegegne lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland. She currently co-runs the contemporary art space Forde and the bookshop Oraibi Books with Beckbooks. She has recently presented her work at Marbriers 4, Geneva; Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna; Sunview Lunchoenette, New York; Berlin; Maladie d’Amour, Grenoble; and Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne. Her latest artist’s book, Menage a trois, has just been published by Fri Art Fribourg on the occasion of her solo exhibition there.

Exhibition Tour with Amy Kazymerchyk, Lili Reynaud-Dewar and SCA students
Saturday, October 31, 1PM

Join us for a tour of the exhibition led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk with the artist and seminar students. Afterward, walk with us to the Or Gallery for a 2pm tour of Myfanwy Macleod’s exhibition, led by curator Jonathan Middleton, then continue to Contemporary Art Gallery for a 3pm tour of Ryan Gander’s exhibition Make every show like it’s your last led by curator Shaun Dacey.


Full photo caption: Lili Reynaud-Dewar, My Epidemic (performance at 56th Venice Biennial, Biblioteca dei Giardini), 2015 Banners, posters, bean bags. Performance with Naim Bityqy, Etienne Chosson, Maud Constantin, Diego de Atucha, Galaxia, Tayb Kendouci, Sarah Margnetti, Lea Meier, Coline Mir, Andrea Nucamendi, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Sarah Sandler. Texts by Gregg Bordowitz, Douglas Crimp, Tim Dean, Samuel R. Delany, Guillaume Dustan, Gran Fury, Didier Lestrade, Paul Morris, Scott O' Hara.

Judith Barry

Judith Barry

From Receiver to Remote...channeling Spain, 2010 Judith Barry/Ken Saylor/Project Projects. Installation with Spain/US timeline + TV programm

Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce artist Judith Barry as the Audain Visual Artist in Residence in February 2015. Barry’s photographic and video works from the 1980’s and 90’s were formative in their engagement with gender issues, film theory, perceptual processes, media and architecture. Barry had an early interest in exhibition design and media art, designing the exhibition From Receiver to Remote Control (with Ken Saylor) for the New Museum, New York, in 1990. In 2010, an updated version of the research was presented as From Receiver to Remote…channelling Spain (with Ken Saylor and Projects Projects), which focused on the differences and similarities in television history between Spain and the US in relation to ‘participatory democracy’.  First person accounts and the personal, social and political functions of the voice are an ongoing interest in Barry’s work. From 2003 to 2011 she conducted over 200 interviews with women in Cairo, Egypt, and these resulted in her video and photographic installation …Cairo stories.

During her time in Vancouver, Barry will do a public presentation of her work and discuss her approaches to art, exhibition design and the relationship between an image and its spatial representation. In conjunction with faculty member Sabine Bitter, Barry will work with third-year visual art students as they conceptualize and organize the annual student exhibition in the street-front Audain Gallery. This seminar and workshop enables students to work with this Kiesler-prize winning artist to devise their exhibition and to gain exposure to Barry's ideas about critically informed exhibition-making. 

Judith Barry is an artist and writer trained in architecture, art, literature, film theory and computer graphics and whose work crosses a number of disciplines: performance, installation, sculpture, architecture, photography and new media. She has exhibited internationally in a range of venues and contexts including Documenta XIII, the Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale(s) of Art/Architecture, Sharjah Biennial, Sao Paolo Biennale, Nagoya Biennale, Carnegie International, Whitney Biennale, and the Sydney Biennale, among others. In 2000 she won the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, and in 2001 she was awarded "Best Pavilion" at the Cairo Biennale. A major survey of her work was mounted at DA2 Salamanca, Spain, 2008 and Berardo Museum, Lisbon, 2010. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Recent exhibitions include Theatrical Fields, CCA, Singapore, …Cairo stories, Slought, Philadelphia (solo), …Cairo stories, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles (solo), Take It Or Leave It, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and Americana, Perez Miami Art Museum, Miami, all in 2014. Her work is represented in the collections of MoMA, Whitney Museum, DIA Foundation, Generali Foundation, Mumok, Centre Pompidou, La Caixa, MACBA, FRAC Lorraine, Goetz Collection, among many others.

Barry also writes critical essays and fiction and has several publications, including Public Fantasy, a collection essays published by the ICA in London (1991). The monograph Body without Limits, was published in 2009 and features several essays considering Barry’s work. Her work is included in the collection of MoMA, NYC, Whitney Museum, NYC, Generali Foundation, Vienna, MCA, San Diego, Pompidou Center, Paris, Le Caixa, Barcelona, MACBA, Barcelona, FNAC, Paris, Goetz collection, Munich, Frac Lorraine, Metz, and CIFO, Miami among others. She has taught and lectured extensively in the USA, Asia and Europe. Currently, Judith Barry is Professor/Director of the MFA VA at Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, MA.

Judith Barry, Artist Talk
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:00 PM  |  FREE
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver