Patrick Bérubé / Montréal

Photo : Carl Raymond


Patrick Bérubé obtained a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. His work has been noticed both nationally and internationally through his participation in numerous exhibitions and major events, notably in New York, Berlin and London. He has also attended several artist-in-residence programs, including at Hangar in Barcelona and the Cité internationale des arts in Paris. An active member of the Clark Art Center, Patrick Bérubé has also produced several architectural integration works.

Photos : Étienne Boisvert et Jean-Michael Seminaro


I am interested in conflicting relationships, whether emotional, physical or carnal in nature, between Man and himself and his environment. How he has rooted the very foundation of his own existence on its uniqueness, systemizing and reducing it to his own scale, so as to render it more perceptible and forget the immeasurable character of its magnitude and strength.

In these times of crisis, my work tackles political, societal and environmental issues through various notions of desire and power, knowledge and memory, transformation and muta- tion. It tries to demonstrate our fragility and vulnerability in the face of the inevitable... Although it addresses endlessly repetitive cycles and movement, it deals essentially with paralysis and immobility against the excesses of the world!

The work presented here is loosely inspired by Fredrich Nietzsche’s philosophical poem Thus Spoke Zarathustra; it tells a story—with humour and irony—of man’s transition, from his origins to the advent of the superhuman. “Dead are all the gods: now we want the overman to live!” (Nietzsche)

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