Lauren Fournier is a writer, curator, and artist who works primarily in video, bookworks and text, and small-gauge film. She is currently an SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in visual studies, working with Lisa Steele on a research creation project that extends an autotheoretical approach to a critical consideration of whiteness, settler-colonialisms, and class in the prairies of Treaty 4. Lauren approaches her work as an assimilated white settler and first-generation student, who comes from a working-class background. Lauren holds a PhD in English literature and a graduate diploma in curatorial practice from York University. She is the director of Fermenting Feminism, an ongoing, site-responsive curatorial experiment that takes place transnationally. Her novella is forthcoming through Fiction Advocate’s “Afterwords” series (San Francisco & NYC, 2021), with her second autofictional novel in development. She has co-edited a special issue of ASAP/Journal on "autotheory" with her collaborator Alex Brostoff, which will be launched at University of California Berkeley in May. Her academic monograph Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism was recently published through The MIT Press in Spring 2021. She teaches courses on artists’ writing, autotheory and auto-philosophy, and autofiction and literary nonfiction, alongside modern and contemporary art history, theory, and concepts.
As an independent curator, Lauren has curated and directed exhibitions, screenings, performances, reading groups, working groups, and colloquia at a range of artist-run centres, university and public galleries, museums, commercial galleries, billboards, outdoor spaces, and DIY project spaces. She is the 2020 recipient of the Fonderie Darling Transatlantic Curatorial Residency Prize, which will allow her to extend her practice-based research into contemporary art, microbes, and fermentation in Paris and Montpellier, France (postponed to 2021). Lauren has given talks on her research internationally, most recently at the American Comparative Literature Association in Los Angeles, the Modern Language Association in New York City, and the Royal College of Art in London, and was invited as the keynote for Concordia University's art history graduate symposium on empathy/empathies (2021). Lauren’s writing has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, art and literary publications, and books, including Environmental Humanities, Contemporary Women's Writing, CSPA Quarterly (Centre for Sustainable Practices in the Arts), a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, Comparative Media Arts Journal, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, West Coast Line, ESC: English Studies in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada, The Routledge Companion to Performance Philosophy, and Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art: Health. Her critical-creative projects have been featured and reviewed in such venues as T: The New York Times Style Magazine, A*desk: Critical Thinking (Spain), Kunstkritikk, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Art in New York, Die Tageszeitung, The Brooklyn Rail, and DAZED.