With the permission of Julie Ravary, 2020. Photo credit: Jean-Sébastien Dénommé.

Artexte on Tap 11 : Julie Ravary-Pilon @ Artexte

Logbook of an Artexte Researcher : Analysis of the Archives for a Feminist Study of Erotic Video

March 11, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Micro-residency with Julie Ravary-Pilon as part of the exhibition Magnetic Sequences 


They are few opportunities for researchers to take the time to think about their practice and it’s implications. My micro-residency at Artexte will therefore allow me to take a step back from my work, which has been anchored in feminist activism for more than 10 years. During my research, I will take note of my reflections, their possible impasses, and the discoveries that will result. Drawing from the political stance of Feminist Standpoint Theory (Patricia Hill Collins), I want to highlight my experience of the Artexte collection in connection with video, feminist and erotic art and offer my ideas on Libidante (Mousse Guernon, 1972, Videographe) and its resonances with Fuses (1967) by Carolee Schneemann, a multidisciplinary artist who also appears in Artexte’s collection.


On March 11, 2020, I will present the results of my micro-residency, my research logbook, during the 11th edition of Artexte on Tap. I will lend myself to the practice of self-reflection within the framework of research on the feminist erotic video Libidante. This event will open the discussion more generally on political engagement within art history, research-action and video works by women in Quebec.


Julie Ravary-Pilon recently completed postdoctoral research on the artistic practices of Quebec feminist videographers in the digital social space. Her doctoral thesis, on images of female bodies in the history of Quebec cinema, was published by les Presses de l’Université de Montréal in Fall 2018 under the title Femmes, nation et nature dans le cinéma québécois. She recently organized the conference “Être femmes dans les médias audiovisuels au Québec : cinéma, télévision, jeux vidéo et web” at the Cinémathèque québécoise. Julie is currently completing a second postdoctoral project: an action research entitled Stations-Femmes, a temporary exhibition in the Montreal metro aimed at changing the toponymies of stations for better representativeness of Montreal communities.