Geneviève Cadieux

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Geneviève Cadieux (born 17 July 1955 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian artist.


She received her BA in Visual Arts from University of Ottawa.[1]


  • Concordia University, 1991 – present;
  • Guest professor, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, 1994;
  • École nationale des beaux-arts in Grenoble, 1996;


Geneviève Cadieux is a photographer who frequently works with audio-visual materials in her large-scale public installations in urban settings. Cadieux’s work confronts identity, gender, and the corporeal. She presents the body as a landscape, focusing on small details close-up, such as mouths, bruises, and scars.[2]

Cadieux’s early career was mainly in film photography. Her 1989 work, Hear Me With Your Eyes, was featured at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and consisted of large-scale photographic prints of a woman displaying sexually evocative facial expressions.

Over time, Cadieux’s work has shifted to integrating video and audio content, such as her Broken Memory, installed at Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal, in the fall of 2005. The piece employed glass sculpture representative of the human body and a recorded reading of a 17th-century poem by Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz.

A notable video work by Cadieux was included as the inaugural piece of the 2002 The 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision, an undertaking by Creative Time and Panasonic wherein the 59th minute of each hour of the day saw an artistic image in place of regular programming. Cadieux’s Portrait celebrated the regeneration and renewal of spring, featuring footage of a solitary tree, a lonely survivor of the 1998 ice storm in Montreal.

La Voie Lactée, 1992

One of Cadieux's most prominent works is her 1992 piece La Voie lactée, a photograph of a woman's red lips displayed on the rooftop of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. It has since become an icon of Montréal. In 2011, a sister piece, La Voix lactée, was commissioned by the Société de transport de Montréal as a gift for the Paris Metro, in exchange for the Hector Guimard Parisian metro entrance at Square-Victoria-OACI station. Based on the theme of the French language binding France and Quebec, it features a mosaic reproduction of La Voie lactée, accompanied by a poem by Anne Hébert. It was installed at Saint-Lazare station.


Lierre sur pierre, 2009
  • Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Canada
  • Musée départemental d'art contemporain, Rochechouart, France
  • Museum Van Hadendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • The São Paulo Biennial, Brazil, 1987
  • The Sydney Biennial, Australia, 1988 and 1990
  • The Venice Biennial, Italy, 1990
  • Tate Gallery, London, 1995
  • Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, 1998
  • The Montreal Biennial, Canada, 2000
  • Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, Canada, 2000
  • In 1993, she was the subject of a major retrospective at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.



  1. ^ "Geneviève Cadieux". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  2. ^ "Geneviève Cadieux". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  4. ^ "National Gallery of Canada". Retrieved 1 February 2014.


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  • Campeau, Sylvain. "Là ou l'expérience du dessaisissement : Geneviève Cadieux". Chambres obscures. Photographie et installation. Laval : Éditions Trois, 1995.
  • "Geneviève Cadieux". Contemporary Canadian artists. Toronto: Gale Canada, 1997.
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