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Lauren Fournier - Middlebrook Prize Winners. Toronto, ON, CA

Lauren Fournier Lauren Fournier

Contemporary Writer, Curator, Artist, and Researcher | Middlebrook Prize Winners

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, artist, filmmaker, and researcher of experimental feminist practices across media








Lauren Fournier is a curator, writer, artist, and interdisciplinary scholar. She holds a PhD from York University, where she completed a SSHRC-funded dissertation on "autotheory" as a post-1960s mode of feminist practice across media. She works at the intersection of contemporary art history and visual culture, theory and philosophy, literature and environmental humanities, and gender and sexuality studies. Her research takes the form of publications, exhibitions, screenings, research-creation, and collaboration. Lauren is the creator of Fermenting Feminism (Berlin: Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology, 2017) and Self Care for Skeptics (Toronto: Rising Intonation Press, 2015), and is the Associate Editor of Kapsula Magazine, a multimedia platform for experimental, web-based approaches to contemporary art writing and criticism. She volunteers on the programming committee of the Feminist Art Conference (since 2014), the executive committee of the Centre for Feminist Research, and is a former board member of Trinity Square Video. Her video work is represented and distributed by Vtape in Toronto. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, artist-run centres, and screenings across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Lauren's writing has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and contemporary art publications, including Contemporary Women's Writing, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Canadian Art, Comparative Media Arts Journal, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Canadian Journal of Woman Studies, Magenta Magazine, KAPSULA, Milkweed, West Coast Line, and Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (McGill-Queens University Press, 2017). She has authored exhibition essays and experimental art writing texts for Dazibao (Montréal), Untitled Art Society (Calgary), Susan Hobbs (Toronto), Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto), and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils. Recent curatorial projects include Autotheory (Vtape), The Sustenance Rite (Blackwood), and Fermenting Feminism (CDCC, FrontSpace, Büro BDP). The 2018 recipient of the MPfYCC, her exhibition Epistemologies of the Moon will opened at the Art Gallery of Guelph in 2018. She is currently the Editorial Resident at Canadian Art magazine.

Industry Expertise (11)

Museums and Institutions

Media Production


Media - Print

Audio Visual

Writing and Editing

Fine Art

Media - Online


Program Development

Social Services

Areas of Expertise (13)

Visual Culture & Theory



Environmental Humanities

Gender and Sexual Diversity

Contemporary Art

Feminist Theory

Contemporary Literature

Curatorial Studies

Art Writing

Creative Writing


Art History

Accomplishments (6)

Provost Dissertation Scholarship, York University (professional)


SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (professional)


Ontario Graduate Scholarship, York University (professional)


Susan Crocker & John Hunkin Award in Fine Arts, York University (professional)


SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral CGS (professional)


Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators (professional)


Founded in 2012, the Middlebrook Prize is awarded annually and aims to foster social innovation and curatorial excellence in Canada. The Middlebrook Prize encourages social connectedness and a shared sense of community. The winner is a curator under 30 and receives a space for their exhibition and a $5,000 honorarium.

Education (4)

York University: PhD, English

York University: Curatorial Studies Diploma, Art History and Visual Culture

Simon Fraser University: MA, English

University of Regina: BA, Fine Arts

Affiliations (9)

  • Member: ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) (2017-present)
  • Member: MLA (Modern Language Association) (2015-present)
  • Member: ALECC (Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada) (2017-present)
  • Member: ATDS (The American Theatre and Drama Society) (2017-present)
  • Member: Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) (2015-present)
  • Member: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (2015-present)
  • Member: WGSRF (Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Feministes) (2015-present)
  • Member: Executive Committee & Council of Associates, Centre for Feminist Research, York University (2014-present)
  • Member: SSA (Sexuality Studies Association) (2016-18)

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French

Media Appearances (4)

Canadian Curating Talent

CBC  radio


Interview with Matt Galloway on CBC’s Metro Morning on the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators. 8 March 2018.

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The Art World’s Strangest New Trend: Fermentation

Artsy  online


I was interviewed for my publishing and curatorial project "Fermenting Feminism" by Siobhan Leddy, who included our interview in her larger coverage of fermentation as a trend in the contemporary art world.

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Warten auf die Transformation

Die Tageszeitung  print


I was interviewed by a German journalist in Berlin who covered the launch of my curatorial project and artist book "Fermenting Feminism" in Die Tageszeitung, Berlin's local newspaper. This is the local coverage, which was published in the print newspaper and archived online.

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These wild and wacky lady wrestlers are turning Toronto Island into a circus of hurt this weekend

Toronto Life  online


I gave an interview with Toronto Life in my performance persona "Manic Pixie Doom Girl" in the lead up to the League of Lady Wrestlers showdown at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island.

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Conferences (10)

Fermenting Feminism: Approaching Intersectionality through Microbial Transformation

Leavening the Conversation: Intersections of Food, Fermentation, and Feminism  McGill University, September 2017

The Sustenance Rite

Curatorial talk  University of Toronto Mississauga, December 2017

Fermenting Feminism

Medical Museion, Copenhagen. November 2017  Curatorial Talk

The Paradox of Narcissism and the Philosopher’s Wife: Towards a Definition of Auto-Theory

Luce Irigaray International Seminar  University of Bristol, England, UK 2016.

Auto-Theory as Feminist Practice

Gender and Sexualities Research Group  Cardiff University, Wales, UK 2016

The Rise of Autotheory Inside and Outside the Academy, American Comparative Literature Association

ACLA Annual Convention  UCLA, Los Angeles


Performing Philosophy, Modern Language Association (MLA)

MLA Annual Convention  New York Hilton Times Square, NYC, New York


Auto-Theory and the Feminist Politics of Disclosure: Outing Bad Behaviour in Theory, Women's and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)

WGSRF at Congress 2018  University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan


“Exposure Won’t Pay the Bills: A Panel on Media Arts, Gender, and Labor in Canada.” Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF)

WGSRF at Congress 2018  University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan



Autotheory - Screening and curatorial talk  Vtape


Research Grants (3)

SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council $6000.00


As a SSHRC Doctoral CGS holder, I was eligible to apply for travel funding through the Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement. I was successful in receiving this funding, which supported my three month research trip in the UK during the summer of 2016. During this time, I worked with Dr. Valerie Walkerdine at Cardiff University in Wales, and Dr. Luce Irigaray at the University of Bristol.

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral CGS

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council $105,000


I applied as an independent to receiving Doctoral funding through SSHRC's Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral CGS. I was successful in the competition, and received three years of funding totaling $105,000, which I brought to York University to support my research as a Doctoral student in the Department of English.

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Masters CGS

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council $17,500


Nominated through Simon Fraser University's Department of English, I applied to receive Masters-level funding through SSHRC's Joseph-Armand Bombardier Masters CGS. I was successful in the competition, and received 12 months of funding to support the writing of my Masters major research paper under the supervision of Dr. Peter Dickinson and Dr. Dara Culhane.

Partnerships (1)

Fermenting Feminism

Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology Copenhagen and Berlin


Since 2016, I am engaged in an ongoing collaboration with the Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology (Copenhagen, Berlin). This collaboration began with the Laboratory publishing my book-length project "Fermenting Feminism," and has evolved into a series of trans-national exhibitions, screenings, performances, and symposia that have taken place in Berlin, Copenhagen, Kansas City, Toronto, Montreal, and Wisconsin.

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Articles (5)

Sick Women, Sad Girls, and Selfie-Theory: Reading Auto-Theory as Post-1960s Feminist Practice Across Media

a/b: Auto/Biography Studies

Accepted with revisions. Forthcoming.

The Post Avant-Garde Aesthetics of the Glitch: Caroline Bergvall’s “Flèsh” as Queer Feminist Anti-Scripture

Contemporary Women’s Writing

Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018.

Feminist Flash: Consenting to Exposure in a Post-Digital Age

Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies

Edmonton: University of Alberta. Special issue: “Reimaging Breasts.” Eds. Reisa Klein, Gabrielle M. Siegers, Dorothy Woodman. 2018.

Movement for Photoautomat

Journal of Comparative Media Arts

Vancouver: Simon Fraser University, School of Contemporary Arts. 3.1. Bare Life/Bear Life. 2017.

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Meeting the Other: Re-conceiving the Asian Canadian Avant-garde through Performance

West Coast Line: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Criticism

45.3. 2011.