Originally from Drummondville, Jonathan Lemieux lives and works in Montreal. His photographic work focuses primarily on the effects of public spaces on private spaces, and how their collision impact the individual relation with his or her own identity. His performances expore a certain endurance; the artist’s own physical stamina on a extended period of time, but also the psychological endurance of the audience who watches him suffer.
“Invisible” seeks to embody one of the sufferings of our individualistic world. By wrapping himself in tape, the artist renders the visible invisible. He puts a face on the people who go unnoticed. The performance also questions the notion of freedom within security. During the student strike of 2012, the artist felt that communication relayed only that, in order to be safe, people should go with the current. As an artist, this type of assimilation is suffocating. Is it possible to be free and safe in Québec? In the world? The message of the performance: under the tape, the artist is safe, invisible to the gaze of the others, the tape protecting the body. That being said, the artist is not free, he is taped to the ground, cannot move, a blank canvas on which people can project their impression or interpretation.