Vincent Chevalier is an artist who melds autobiography, documentary research, and appropriated media to construct uncanny works on screen. This interdisciplinary practice has roots in his earliest experiments with performance and video. His projects constitute an autoethnographic study of AIDS and queer sexuality as they relate to personal narratives and larger social, political, and historical contexts. In 2018, he will be producing new work that takes on AIDS nostalgia within an expansive canon of queer film, representing queer longing through the production of videographic ‘still lives’ or vanitas.
He is currently based in Toronto where he splits his time between his work as a web developer and other creative projects.
The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency Retrospective Series
"That’s So Gay: Say My Name" curated by Syrus Marcus Ware at the Gladstone Hotel. Jun. 13 - Aug. 5th, 2018. My text piece, "AIDS ART" will be exhibited throughout Pride month and July as part of The Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency Retrospective Series underneath the banner of the "That’s So Gay: Say My Name" exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel.
"There & Here" by Ricky Varghese
Canadian Art. Jun. 15, 2018. Keep an eye out for the Summer 2018 issue of Canadian Art (TRANSLATION) in which Ricky Varghese writes about À Vancouver. He notes that, "The task of translation [...] feels akin to the task of commemorating a historical event, such as the AIDS crisis. The demand to remember feels inherently impossible, with every attempt to memorialize trauma, commemorate loss or relive the past doing the exact opposite of what it intends, and betraying the memory of that which has been lost. And yet we persist in remembering through translation."
Upcoming production residency at Western Front
July 2018. The Still Living End is a nostalgic revisitation of Gregg Araki’s ‘The Living End,’ executed through a meticulous recreation of its theatrical properties. A lush yet haunting living painting featuring a collection of objects set on an overflowing prop table, this new video subsumes the technical apparatus of film production in order to ask what is still living when all else is stripped away?
"10 Artists Who Are Taking Care" by Amber Berson
Canadian Art. Dec. 21, 2017. "Vincent Chevalier is known for work that explores his relationship to HIV/AIDS. Now, he refuses to turn trauma into entertainment. Read on for other artists practicing strategies of care."
"We Have Never Been 'Post-AIDS'" by Adam Barbu
Canadian Art. April 13, 2017. Text featuring the work of various artists including Vincent Chevalier, Shayo Detchema, Shan Kelley, Jessica Whitbread, and Mikiki. "A look at five artists from a new generation who explore alternative readings of HIV/AIDS, activism and resistance."