Victoria Stanton and the Art of Transaction

About Victoria Stanton

Victoria Stanton (Montreal, Canada) is an interdisciplinary artist working with live action, human interaction, video, film, photo, drawing, and writing. Continually exploring within such diverse media, while the outward results of her practice may manifest in a multiplicity of forms, performance is the unifying central focus and invariable core of her research. 

Stanton’s time-based work includes performance for stage, performance for the camera, actions in public spaces, and one-on-one encounters in intimate contexts. Whether participatory, durational, task-based or audio-visual, her work is an investigation into the ability (and the desire) to hold a space, to appropriate and disrupt the quotidian, to create spontaneous intimacy, to tread vulnerability. Investing a performative presence and consciousness within multiple spaces / times, she continuously underscores the complex aspects of “transaction” and the possibility for transformation.

Stanton has presented exhibitions, performances, interventions, and videos in Canada, the U.S., Europe, the U.K., Australia, Japan and Mexico. Her creative and critical writings have been published in Canadian and American anthologies and art/literary/lifestyle magazines.

Upcoming and past solo exhibitions include: 3e impérial (Granby, QC), PAVED Arts (Saskatoon), Tenderpixel Gallery (London, UK), and Galerie Corrid'Art Sylviane Poirier (Montreal). Performances and interventions include: LIVE: Biennial of Performance Art (Vancouver), Visualeyez (Edmonton), Toronto Free Gallery, Performance Studies International #16 - Performing Publics and 7a*11d Festival (Toronto), InterAzione (Sardinia), Vollevox (Brussels), Festival Infr'Action (Sète), Le Préavis de désordre Urbain (Marseille), Overload Festival (Melbourne), the Leeds Met Gallery (Leeds), Performer Stammtisch (Berlin), Gallery Para Globe (Tokyo), Open Source Gallery (Brooklyn), HTMlles Festival, OFFTA Festival, Art Qui Fait Boum! Triennial of Emerging Artists, Festival Voix d'Amériques, Festival International Montréal en Arts (FIMA), Edgy Women Festival, and a captivating appearance on the nationally broadcast television show Des Kiwis et des hommes (Montreal). Video screenings include: Les Rendez-Vous du cinema québecois, 28ieme and 30ieme Festival international du film sur l'Art (FIFA), Vidéos de femmes dans le parc (2009 and 2011), the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (Montreal), Traverse Vidéo festival (Toulouse), the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival (Chicago), the 3rd Annual Vancouver Videopoem Festival and Visible Verse 2008 (Vancouver), the Bild-rausch video festival (Saarbrücken, Germany), Video and New Media Festival (Lisbon), the internationally touring Upgrade! P2P Outdoor Art Videos and the nationally touring J’ACTE, a program of performance-video curated by Eugénie Cliche (2012). Upcoming and past residencies include: Praxis art actuel (Ste-Thérèse. QC), Third Space Gallery (Saint John, NB), FRONDA (Real del Monte, Mexico), 3e impérial (Granby, QC), Centre DAÏMÕN (Gatineau, QC), Centre Vaste et Vague (Carleton-sur-Mer, QC), Centre Sagamie (Alma, QC), and Artexte (Montreal). Publications include: Inter, On Site, Matrix Magazine, Ascent Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Esse Magazine, Revue ETC, The Portable Conundrum, Career Suicide (the Moosehead Anthology series) and Short Fuse, the international anthology of fusion poetry. Text-sound-song pieces have been broadcast on national radio and featured on a variety of compilations: The Lemon Tape (Montreal), All Points In (Ottawa), Vollevox (Brussels), Going Down Swinging (Melbourne), and Ribsauce (Montreal). Her first book, Impure, Reinventing the Word - an examination of the practice of spoken word - was published by conundrum press in October 2001 (co-authored with Vincent Tinguely).

Stanton is currently working on her second book, this time with the TouVA collective (comprised of Anne Bérubé, Sylvie Tourangeau and Stanton), a critical work developing salient notions on how performance is practiced and on the question of ‘the performative.’

For booking, images or research purposes please contact Victoria Stanton.