Jean-Michel Leclerc’s love story

” The survival of our artists-run centers and production facilities is increasingly fragile, so, like bees, we must never take them for granted.”  

This year, L’imprimerie’s annual donation campaign celebrates the team behind its services!  

Throughout the donation campaign, we will introduce you to the team of workers, one precious person at a time, to highlight their respective expertise and include you even more in the heart of L’imprimerie. Every two weeks, you will be introduced to each worker, as well as their love letter to L’imprimerie, printmaking and its artists. 

This week, we’d like to introduce you to Jean-Michel Leclerc, technician in L’imprimerie’s analog workshop. It’s a pleasure to work with him in the workshop every day! We can always count on him to tell us a good joke, listen to us or help us out. We couldn’t do without him! Thank you for your dedication Jean-Mi!

We invite you to discover his love story with L’imprimerie through this article.

I’ve been working at L’imprimerie since November 2023, and it’s a place I love. In addition to being a must-see production space, it’s also a social club where we can joke and tinker while talking about our favorite species of dog.    

L’imprimerie is an essential artists-run center in Quebec’s visual arts ecosystem, and an inclusive, safe place where even the shyest people feel at home. Its existence enables countless projects and singular practices to unfold every year, thanks not only to affordable technical resources, but also to the support of a team that understands the challenges of pursuing a visual arts practice.    

The directions taken by the center in recent years have made it a pioneering space for experimentation and reflection on issues of eco-responsibility and the development of alternative, non-toxic printing techniques. In light of today’s challenges, this valuable and innovative research needs concrete support more than ever.   

It is therefore essential to support L’imprimerie, even in the most modest and symbolic ways. The survival of our artists-run centers and production facilities is increasingly fragile, so, like bees, we must never take them for granted.  


Photo credit: Katya Konioukhova

Biography

Jean-Michel Leclerc (he/him) is a visual artist and analog workshop technician at L’imprimerie. He lives and works in Montréal/Tiohtià:ke, where he studies Laurentian flora and devotes himself to his creative work. Through a practice of sculpture and image, he seeks to develop spaces for exploring and reading history. Using an approach that combines diverse fields of interest (historical sciences, LGBTQ+ studies, ethnobotany) with exploratory technical processes, he questions ideas of double and traditional know-how, highlighting current issues around notions of care and intangible heritage. His work has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Baltimore), MOCA Toronto, Centre Clark, Arprim, Adélard (Frelighsburg) and several private galleries. His work can be found in various private and corporate collections in Canada and Europe. He holds a master’s degree from Concordia University (2018). 

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