Art Dates & Location
July 5th – August 31st
Melfort & District Museum
401 Melfort St W
Melfort, SK S0E 1A0
Justin Langlois is an artist, educator, and organizer. His practice explores collaborative structures, critical pedagogy, and custodial frameworks as tools for gathering, learning, and making. He is the co-founder and research director of Broken City Lab, the founder of The School for Eventual Vacancy and curator of The Neighbourhood Time Exchange. From 2016-17, he was the City of Vancouver's inaugural Artist-in-Residence, where he was embedded with the Sustainability Group. He is currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and the Lead Artist on Locals Only with AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon, supported through the Canada Council’s New Chapter initiative. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
As a socially engaged artist, I explore forms and expressions of civic engagement and sustainability across social, ecological, and locational spaces. Much of my work takes the form of temporary text-based participatory installations. I work with text because it is a ubiquitous material; it provides us with an anchor to the world and a bridge into our imaginations, exploring possible futures alongside lived experience in the now.
For this project, I am helping to create a roadside attraction designation for Melfort, in the form a sign or marker, that can be installed across a number of sites throughout the community. Hinging on a form of community participation, based not just on open solicitation, but specific invitations, this project will allow for an exploration of negotiating the meaning of a landscape based on personal resonances that can scale up to community markers.