Jean-François Bouchard has worked in contemporary visual art since 2003, traveling the world seeking out people whose interests and lifestyles are out of the ordinary. His visual focus is generally on marginalized, misunderstood, and often ostracized groups in our Western society. He sees his role as not only that of an activist but also of a witness who communicates the humanity he sees in his subjects. His work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals in Canada, the United States, and France. Transpose is Bouchard’s latest body of work which was exhibited at Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal and Toronto in 2015. His upcoming project “In Guns We Trust” will be featured in a book to be published by The Magenta Foundation and an exhibition to be presented at Arsenal Contemporary in New York City.
Bouchard lives and works in Montreal.
In Guns We Trust, Arsenal Contemporary New York - April 2019. New York (Forthcoming)
Transpose, Art Souterrain - February 27th to March 20th, 2016. Montréal.
Transpose, Arsenal - March 20th to May 10th, 2014, 2015. Toronto.
Still Life, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Sherbrooke - June 16th to October 14th, 2012. Sherbrooke.
Still Life, Art Souterrain - February 26th to March 13th, 2011. Montréal.
Still Life, Galerie SAS - February 4th to March 13th, 2010. Montréal.
Secret Societies, Fonderie Darling - February 20th to March 2nd 2008. Montréal.
Volvere, Blowup Gallery - April 26th to May 21st, 2003. Montréal.
Secret Societies, Contrast - May 5th to May 31st, 2011. Toronto.
Inside Studio E1, Cité des Arts - June 29th to July 12th, 2011. Paris.
Still Life, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - October 1st to October 2nd, 2011. Toronto.
Still Life, La Nuit Blanche de Paris - October 1st to October 2nd, 2011. Paris.
Still Life, Sleepless Night - November 5th to November 6th, 2011. Miami.
Centro Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Day of the Death exhibit - October 28th to November 25th 2011. Oaxaca.
Aqua Art Miami - December 6th to December 9th, 2011. Miami.
Secret Societies, Pop-Up Store Exhibition - October 28th, 2010. New York.
Awards & Distinctions
Head On Photo Award, Finalist, Transpose - May 2018. Australia.
Naneen Prize, Prize winner, Transpose - April 2017. Germany.
Pride Photo Award, Transpose - 2015
Concours Lux, 1st prize - 2010. Montréal.
The Big Book, shortlisted work, Secret Societies - June 3rd to June 9th, 2011. Cannes.
Stern Magazine, Transpose win a prize at the Nannen Prize - April 2017. Germany.
Stern Magazine dedicated a 10-page feature to the Transpose series - July 2016.
Advocate, The Bare Truths of Trans Men, May 2015.
The Georgia Straight, Montreal photographer highlights transgender men in Transpose - June 2015.
National Post, Transpose captures the personal stories of trans men, May 2015.
La Presse, critique of the exhibition at Arsenal in Montreal in the digital edition of La Presse Plus - April 19th, 2014.
Voir, Still Life, Vague de scandales - Juin 2012.
Actuphoto, Still Life - August 2012.
Miami New Time, Still Life, Jean-Francois Bouchard Brings Portraits of Sex Toys to Sleepless Night - November 2011.
Checkout Art, Still Life, One less lonely man - February 2010.