Avec Paul Wong — Portrait en mouvement 
[With Paul Wong: Portrait In Movement)]

Images : © Philippe Hamelin, 2022


Artist Philippe Hamelin will realize an “experimental meta documentary” on the Canadian artist Paul Wong and his working process as he films him filming. A pioneer in video and a performance artist since the 1970s, Wong is also a curator and an initiator of collectives and events impelled by a frenetic tracking of the non-normative as he explores and makes visible as a queer artist alternative and minority communities. This portrait in close dialogue is rooted in affect. Hamelin aims to create a form of portrait in movement of Paul Wong from the perspective of their friendship, combining the layering of their points of view and the crossover of the gaze of two artists working in synchrony.

Support in artistic practice received in 2022.


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Philippe Hamelin’s practice is at the intersection of visual arts, cinema and experimental video presented as installations, single channel videos and computer-generated animations. At the heart of his research are different modes of spatial and video-based montage that aim to create poetic arrangements between the human and the medium of technology as they question the relations that we develop with and through technology. His work often results in techno- dramatic spectacles that link special effects with affect and mines their external and internal correlations.


Since 200, Philippe Hamelin’s works have been featured in exhibitions and in many festivals in Canada and internationally. In 2011, Axenéo7 (Gatineau) presented his first important solo exhibition. Since 2013, he has exhibited at Platform (Winnipeg), Occurrence, Dazibao, Galerie Joyce Yahouda (Montreal), Galerie des Arts visuels de l’Université Laval (Quebec), Neutral Ground (Regina), Sporobole (Sherbrooke) at Platform (Munich), at the art fair Poppositions (Brussels), Place M (Tokyo), and Galleria Continua (Havana). Apart from the numerous programs developed for SAW Gallery as a video programmer (2006-2008), he also curated the third and fourth edition of the Biennale of Video Art Art Star of SAW Gallery (Ottawa, 2007-2009) in which he presented Libertinage esthétique, a video program of the works of Tricia Middleton and Joel Taylor, as well as Manon Labrecque: Expéditions vidéo. In 2008, he presented the exhibition L’affect en effet as part of FICFA at Galerie sans nom (Moncton) and in 2009 Paul Wong : Portraits vidéo at the Cinémathèque Québécoise (Montréal) and in Ottawa as part of the festival BC Scene organised by the National Arts Center. In 2013 he represented Québec in the cultural section of the Jeux de la Francophonie (Nice) and was awarded the silver medal in the sculpture-installation category. In 2015 he received the prize for best experimental art film at 33rdRendez-vous du cinéma québécois. In 2014, he initiated the project La Mirage with Sophie Bélair Clément and Vincent Bonin. In 2017 the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery presented the solo exhibition Carnations. In 2019 his work was featured at the Casino du Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain and in 2022 at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides.

He holds a major in Film Studies from Université de Montréal and a masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University. He teaches visual arts at the Cégep de l’Outaouais and at the Ecole multidisciplinaire de l’image de l’Université du Québec en Outaouais. He lives and works in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal.
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