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Emmanuel Laflamme

Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist Emmanuel Laflamme pushes the boundaries of art with his unique blend of absurdity and cultural critique. Born in 1984, he explores various artistic disciplines such as painting, animation, anatomy, sculpture and theatre without formal education. His work spans a variety of media, from filmmaking and digital creation to Installation art and interactive works.

Emmanuel Laflamme’s work is inspired by philosophers such as Plato and Camus, delving into the absurdity of human existence and challenging conventional norms. He disrupts our conception of reality and challenges our preconceptions of popular culture, consumerism, spirituality and social issues by diverting familiar cultural iconography and popular symbols.


Although he tackles weighty subjects and societal critiques, Emmanuel Laflamme infuses his works with humour that challenges and disarms the viewer. His comic undertones catalyze reflection, allowing viewers to explore complex themes with a lighter touch. He deftly bridges the gap between tragedy and comedy, capturing life’s absurdity and inviting introspection.

Influenced by meme culture, Emmanuel Laflamme recognizes the transformative potential of the universal visual language they embody. For him, memes are not simply forms of entertainment but genuine opportunities for individuals to actively participate in the metamorphosis of culture. He thus merges the fields of art history, pop culture and contemporary politics, offering new perspectives on the interconnectedness of our modern existence.

Since 2011, Emmanuel Laflamme has actively participated in numerous group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, presenting his works inspired by popular imagery.  His unique installations elicit smiles and contemplation, while his interactive paintings and sculptures captivate audiences. In 2012, he was awarded a residency with Agrégat. He also won the Canada-wide Art Ici competition with his work Hésychasme, featuring the Virgin Mary playing Nintendo DS. In 2013, he was awarded the third prize in the Just for Laughs international visual arts competition. At this event, he produced an act entitled JUST DO IT, making a live pair of NIKE sweatshop edition shoes.

Emmanuel Laflamme’s art is a testament to the transformative power of creativity and art’s ability to challenge societal norms. By exploring absurdity, cultural critique and humour, he encourages viewers to question their perspectives and critical thinking. His work invites us to reassess our relationship with reality, embrace the contradictions of modern life and open up new avenues of artistic expression.