Geneviève Thauvette

Toronto, ON
1985, Cornwall, ON

Geneviève Thauvette is an emerging Franco-Ontarian artist currently residing in Toronto. Her photographs have shown internationally, notably at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival, the Perth International Arts Festival (Australia), the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and the Vie Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut were she won the gold medal for Canada. Her series Les quintuplées Dionne have been acquired  by the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection. She has also recently won the 2013 Flash Forward emerging artists award and is the recipient of several grants, including the 2011 Emerging Artist Production Grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Thauvette presented Cake is Freedom, a performative installation at Ottawa's inaugural Nuit Blanche, which was the subject of a Radio-Canada documentary (Rendez-vous Artv). Geneviève has presented many photo workshops and has participated in numerous juries. In 2012, she toured Canada, Haiti and St-Lucia to select the final participating artists during the VIIe Jeux de la Francophonie, and was further chosen by L'Organization internationale de la francophonie to judge the photography competition during the games in Nice.

Les Filles du Roi is the name given to the large group of young women sent from France to Canada in the 17th century as brides of the state. Approximately 800 selected girls, mostly orphans and some widows, were provided with a dowry from Louis XIV to help populate the fledgling colony. On average, they were wed within four to five months of their arrival and would bear 7 to 8 children.These women, often ill-perceived as prostitutes or Filles de joie, helped double the population over the duration of the ten-year migration program (1663-1673). Systematically, a nation was founded on their backs.

The images allude to the Filles du Roi’s social and historical environment but not without incorporating elements from contemporary society, specifically French-Canadian cultural tropes and signifiers. The stage and mirror ball allude to a nightclub, vaudeville or even strip club décor. The poses and see-through clothing of the girls flaunt their sexuality with both coquettish embrace and vulnerability. The desire is to express a light-hearted, slightly satirical or ironic, portrait of the women (as opposed to the vociferous patriotic affirmations of French-Canadian sociologist and historians that have tried to correct their reputations in the past).

The result, hopefully, is a presentation of a polarized history, controversial or unknown, that has shaped a people and it’s sexual dynamics. Colonization, both of land and body, is the motif on center stage.


Artist-Educator Foundations course, The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, Ontario

Arduino workshop, Labo, Toronto, Ontario
Screenprinting workshop, Open Studio, Toronto, Ontario

Photography Program Graduate, Honours, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Alternative Processes Photography Workshop, SPAO, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Studio Arts Program, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Akzidenz Grotesk (The World Is Yours) , Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Les filles du Roi,  Bigué Art Contemporain, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Cake is Freedom (Le gâteau ou la mort!),  Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Les filles du Roi,  Galerie St-Laurent+Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Beheld  (alongside Low , Jesse Burke), Perth International Arts Festival, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA, Australia

Les quintuplées Dionne , Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Beheld , Festival X, Dale Smith Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions

17th Japan Media Arts Festival , The National Arts Centre, Tokyo (Roppongi), Japan

Flash Forward 2013,  Neubacher Shor Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Papier 13 , International arts fair, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Le pArty , La Galerie d'Art d'Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

RMG Exposed , Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
PopUp Gallery , City of Perth Arts Festival, Perth, WA, Australie
Le pArty , La Galerie d'Art d'Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Papier 12 , International arts fair, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Collective,  Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA, Australia

Urban Portraits II , Archetype Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Persona , Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, USA
Shift de nuit , Jeux de la francophonie canadienne, Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury, Canada
Malbourse , Harbourfront Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sotiri Prize exhibition , gallery Guri Madhi, Korce, Albania
I am not a good enough feminist,  Concrete Utopia, NY, NY, USA
Labo Show , Labo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Here and There,  Propeller Center for the Visual Arts, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Collections and Awards

Art Division Jury Selection award, Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Artist Award

Melons (Les quintuplées Dionne), City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection

Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Production Grant
Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance Grant

Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Professionals in the Visual Arts
Les quintuplées Dionne, Canadian Museum of Civilization, permanent collection

Gold medal (Canada - photography), VIe Jeux de la Francophonie, Beirut, Lebanon


Les jeux de la francophonie canadiennne, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, Place de la Francophonie , British Colombia, Canada

VIe Jeux de la Francophonie, Canadian representative for Photography, Beirut, Lebanon

Selected Publications

Blackflash Magazine, issue 31.2, Canada
17th Media Arts Festival, exhibition catalogue, Japan
Kapsula magazine (cover image), « Bad History », Canada

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Catalogue
Papier13, exhibition catalogue, Canada
Ottawater, ninth issue, Canada

Room Magazine (Cover), issue 34.4 Siblings, Canada
Persona, exhibition catalogue, Essex Junction, Vermont
Art Guide Australia, January/February edition, Australia
Perth International Arts Festival, visual arts catalogue, Perth, WA, Australia

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, exhibition catalogue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Feminism: Now, exhibition catalogue, NASCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Catalogue des Participants aux Concours Culturels, VIe Jeux de la Francophonie, Beirut, Lebanon


Rendez-vous, “La vie est belle (documentary)”, ARTV, Radio-Canada
Beck, Sarah, “Geneviève Thauvette”, Blackflash Magazine

Simpson, Peter, “Wet and wild evening in the city”, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter, “Nuit blanche: Ten picks that show what it's like”, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter, “The best of 2012: From all-night art to wild horses”, Ottawa Citizen

Louis, Plésius Junior, “Des artistes auditionnés pour les jeux de la francophonie”, Le Nouveliste (Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Adams, Jill, “Life is beautiful: beginning of an all-night art affair”, Centretown News
“Editorial: Ottawa in the street”, Ottawa Citizen
Cucchi, Maud, “Nuit Blanche et yeux grands ouverts”, Le Droit Ottawa
Simpson, Peter, “Nuit Blanche's Tremendous Debut in Ottawa”, Ottawa Citizen
Boutilier, Alex, “Thousands Flock to Ottawa's Nuit Blanche”, Metro News Ottawa
Cruikshank, Julie, “Geneviève Thauvette exhibits les Filles du Roi for Festival X”, Apt 613
“Nuit Blanche d'Ottawa”, Ruby TFO
Simpson, Peter, “Nuit Blanche Ottawa: Things you need to know to make it through the night”, Ottawa Citizen
Gessell, Paul, “How Quebec’s Revolution Sexuelle will Infiltrate Nuit Blanche”, Ottawa Magazine (blog)

Rotteveel, Marga, Dagboek Montreal,, Amsterdam
Oloman, Janine. “Youth Games Hour”, CKLU 96.7 FM, Sudbury
Lacroix, Marjolaine. “Téléjournal Ontario : Les jeux de la francophonie canadienne”, Radio-Canada, Ontario
Robitaille, Éric. “Boréal express”, Radio-Canada Première chaîne 98.1 FM, Sudbury
Simpson, Peter. “Another Gallery Closing”, Ottawa Citizen
Jansen, Ara. “Female Focus”, The West Australian
Ainslie, Ben. “Morning Magazine”, RTR 92.1 FM Perth, Australias
Gessell, Paul. “The Way I See It”, Ottawa Magazine
Donovan, Jessica. “In the Eye of the Beholder”, X-Press Magazine Southwest Edition (Australia)

Simpson, Peter. “A year of capital delights”, voted 6th best thing of 2010, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter. “Bringing Fine Photography to the People”, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter. “An artist-eye view of Bluesfest”, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter. “Portraits of Bluesfest returns for a second year”, The Big Beat,
Levin, Mark. “Status Quo”, Unfolding Magazine,
Le Van, Katy. “Cinq fois plutot qu’une”, Voir (Gatineau-Ottawa)
Lauzon, Véronique. “Téléjournal Ottawa-Gatineau”, Télé Radio-Canada
Thibodeau, Hannah. “Ottawa CBC local Evening News”, CBC Television
Neal, Alan. “All in a Day”, CBC Radio One 91.5 FM Ottawa
Simpson, Peter. “Geneviève Thauvette finally brings her photos to Ottawa”, Ottawa Citizen
Barnabé, Lyne. “Espace Musique: Culture d’hivers”, Radio Canada (Vancouver)
Aylesworth, Linda. “Vancouver Global TV Evening News”, Global TV
Zacharias, Yvonne. “Vive le Vancouver! The City’s Olympian French Quarter is Brimming with Joie de Vivre”, The Vancouver Sun
Barnabé, Lyne. “Vivez Vancouver – Culture d’hiver: Journée de la Francophonie canadienne”, Tele Radio-Canada

Simpson, Peter. “Picture this under your tree: SPAO holds pre-Christmas print sale”, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter. “Quirky Canadiana Wins Gold Medal”, Ottawa Citizen
Simpson, Peter. “Genevieve Thauvette wins gold for Canada at Francophone Games”, Ottawa Citizen
“Les Meilleurs Moments des jeux 2009”, TV5 Monde
Baraniecki-Andrzejak, Justyna. “Living a Photocopy: Quintuplets In Photo (cover story)”, Upfront Magazine
Simpson, Peter. “ L et the art begin... ”, Ottawa Citizen - Geneviève being interviewed in Beirut, Lebanon (TV5, see Day 2)
Aubin, Katleen. “ B ernier et cie (Les jeux de la francophonie)”, Radio-Canada 90.7 FM

Gessell, Paul. “ T he good, the bad & the naughty, voted "The most intriguing discovery of the year... " in the Ottawa arts scene, Ottawa Citizen
Cotnam, Hallie. “Ottawa Morning”, CBC Radio One 91.5 FM
“Le monde selon Mathieu”, Radio-Canada 90.7 FM
2008 Gessell, Paul. “Me as them”, Ottawa Citizen
Gessell, Paul. “X marks the spot”, Ottawa Citizen

Johnson, Colleen. “All's quiet at the henhouse”, Ottawa Xpress

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