Éliane Excoffier

Eliane Excoffier /   Éliane Excoffier

Canada 1971



Eliane Excoffier
Éliane Excoffier
October 30, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Éliane Excoffier is a Canadian artist best known for her work of female body representation in various photographic techniques, while exploring history and tradition of photography.

Éliane was born in 1971 and she graduated Visual Arts and Art History at the Université de Montréal. In 1996, she started to practice professional photography.

Le Corps

Éliane Excoffier - Le Corps, 1996
Éliane Excoffier – Le Corps, 1996

As still a student of art history, she was self-taught photographer with an urge to return to the roots of photography while incorporating today’s criteria. In the very beginning of her interest in this art, Éliane focused on exploring those physical and dark tie the history of photography has with the representation female body.

Her series, one of the firsts, titled Rituels was based on the images of the model body – the example of upon what women judge themselves. With usually almost anorexic form, these ghostly subjects blend with the environment – just to present their disappearance visible.


Éliane Excoffier - Obsures XVIII and X, 2004
Éliane Excoffier – Obsures XVIII and X, 2004

Since then, Éliane’s work become a part of many private and public collections in Canada and abroad – like Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Musée régional de Rimouski, Prêt d’œuvres d’art collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, National Bank of Canada and Fondation MontmArt…

She is represented by the Simon Blais Gallery in Montreal.

Éliane Excoffier lives and works in Montreal.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2009Shopdropping MontrealMontreal BiennaleGroup
2009La Rencontre, 20th Anniversary ShowGallerie Simon Blais, MontréalGroup
2009Éliane ExcoffierMusée régional de RimouskiSolo
2009KievStephen Bulger Gallery, TorontoSolo
2008KievGalerie Simon Blais, MontréalSolo
2008La Photographie Hantée par la Photographie SpiriteMusée Régional de RimouskiGroup
2007Enfants de Cartier, Photographie Contemporaine CanadienneThéâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image, NiceGroup
2007L’Art du NuFIFA (International Festval of Films on Art), MontréalGroup
2006Hyperliens, 40th Anniversary ShowGalerie Graff, MontréalGroup
2006Obscures (série no. 2)VU Gallery, QuébecSolo
2005Good in Bed, Eroticism, Sex and PornographyJames Baird Gallery, St John’s NFGroup
2004Artistes de la GalerieGalerie Sylviane Poirier art contemporain, MontréalGroup
2004ObscuresGalerie Sylviane Poirier Art Contemporain, MontréalSolo
2003MM03 Montréal MontmartreMontMartFund Foundation, ParisGroup
2002Génération MontréalVille Peinture, 5420 St Laurent, MontréalGroup
2002Animal de compagnieGalerie Art Mûr, MontréalGroup
2001Ville d'Yeux/Climax, (Quebec/Belgium collaboration)Mois de la photo à MontréalGroup
2000Acquisitions de la Collection Prêt d'oeuvresMusée du QuébecGroup
2000Galeries ÉphémèresObservatoire 4 and Ville de MontréalGroup
1999Les seuils, Ombrer de jaune MontréalCentre d’exposition de l’Université de MontréalGroup
1999Petit lexique de beautéMois de la photo à Montréal, Observatoire 4, MontréalSolo
1999Petit lexique de beauté (part 1)Centre d’Exposition des Gouverneurs, SorelSolo
1998Nouvelle année, nouveaux travauxGalerie Mistral, MontréalGroup
1997DualitéEspace 202, MontréalGroup
1997Juré CrachéMaison de la Culture Côte des Neiges and Frontenac, MontréalGroup
1997RituelsLa Galerie du SAC, Université de MontréalSolo