Stephanie Gervais’ individual works and installations incorporate photography, sculpture, language, and sound to focus on cultural in-betweenness, forms of collectivity, migration, and social violence. Her work with specific groups of people has evolved over time, and is an expression of her long-term personal relationships. Living and working outside of the US for nearly a decade in Brazil, the UK, and France, Gervais’ most recent body of work was made within and in relation to border-landscapes in Northern France. Her photographs, textiles, and language-based works are focused on the violence of the border and the unpredictable forms of community that emerge in liminal, displaced, and transgressive spaces. She works with a large-format film camera in order to make photographs that are process-based and experimental. Her photography has a relationship to material imprint, sculptural construction, slowness, and chance. Her large-scale sculptures and tapestries–incorporating weaving and sewing–explore the relation of self and body to communal space, and to remembering, “rendering homage,” protection, and denouncing. Gervais has shown her work and participated in residencies in France, the UK, Brazil, and the United States. Her recent one-person exhibition, entitled Gulalhi, was on display at Reed College’s art museum (The Cooley Gallery) from November to December 2018. Gervais’ writing has been published by the Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project and the Ford Family Foundation, and Goldsmiths University.

Contact: gervais.steph@gmail.com 

The Cooley Gallery: https://rdc.reed.edu/c/cooley/s?s=12337aeee6c024397e88a4c84a368aa29792e999&p=1&pp=20

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Gulalhi, 2018 Typewritten page, 12.5 x 9.4 in.

EDUCATION 

2016 MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths University, London, UK

2009 BA in Art, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2018 Gulalhi, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, OR, USA 

2017 Memories from Syria, Manchester Museum, Manchester, UK

Odai 2: We Fought Them With the Truth, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Chameleon, Sensei Gallery, London, UK 

2016 Europe, The Land of Generosity - Goldsmiths University, London, UK  

2015 Art in the Jungle, Calais, France 

2014 Jeune Création, Le Centquatre Cultural Center, Paris, FR 

Aberturas: The Independent Program of Escola São Paulo, Casa do Povo Cultural Centre, São Paulo, Brazil 

MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada 

Abre Alas 10, A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

2013 Installation, Performance, Documentation, Feldenheimer Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR, USA

Photographs, Photo Lucida Month at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR, USA

From Art to Public Policy: Love Letters from Communities, São Camilo University, São Paulo, Brazil  

Exhibition in context of conference Juvenile Delinquency, Urban Violence and Social Justice: Comparing Experiences in France and Brazil

2012 The Invisible Leader, Les Territoires Gallery, Montréal, Canada

RESIDENCIES AND PUBLICATIONS

2019 November 2019: The Power of Sound, Collaborative Art Residency, Guest Projects, London, UK

2018 Artist and Instructor in Residence, MFA in Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, USA

Rethink Rebuild Society, Collaborating Artist for Memories of Syria; project supported by BSBT Award (Building a Stronger Britain Together) 

2015 Archipelago Magazine, Publication of “The Jungle: Calais - Britannia” 

2014 The Independent Program of Escola São Paulo - São Paulo, 9 month residency program for emerging artists and curators in Brazil