Chantal Rousseau’s practice brings together popular culture, sex, death, and technology. Playing off fleeting internet obsessions and subcultures, she intertwines humour and the macabre and makes feminism sexy.
Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally, including Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre, Buffalo; the wrong biennale; Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; The New Gallery, Calgary; Latitude 53, Edmonton; Mercer Union, Toronto; and La Centrale, Montreal.
Her videos have been screened in numerous venues and festivals including the Festival Polyphonix, Bologna, Italy. Her work was featured as GIF of the Day on Art F City in 2014.
Rousseau currently has a temporary public artwork on display in Erindale Park in Mississauga, Ontario. The project We are all here is administered by Mississauga Culture Division in partnership with Mississauga Parks, Forestry, and Environment Division. The series of flags features species found in the Credit River Watershed, and will be exhibited until October 2021. She also recently completed a series of billboards for the City of Kingston’s Paved Paradise temporary public art series, that were on display from July to December 2020. In the fall of 2020 she had a solo show at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Tap Dancing Seagull and Other Stories, which featured a series of animated GIFs.
She is currently participating in a virtual residency with six international artists and curator Abir Boukhari, which will result an exhibition at Platform centre for photographic + digital arts in Winnipeg, as well as at a location in Sweden and in Barcelona. She will be the first artist at 4elements living arts new mobile studio artist residency on Manitoulin Island, in May and June of 2021. In 2022 she will participate in an artist residency at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture.
Chantal Rousseau has been involved in multiple artist collectives. She was a member of Agitated Plover Salon, a group of six Kingston-based artists, who exhibited from 2013 to 2014. She was also a member of Toronto-based Personal Volare, eleven artists who exhibited together from 2000 to 2009.
She is a graduate of the University of Guelph (MFA), and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (BFA).