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Emilie St. Hilaire

Emilie St. Hilaire is an multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal. Her dissertation examines the queer and uncanny aspects of reborn babies (hyper-realistic dolls). This sub-cultural phenomenon prompts questions regarding non-reproductive mothering, adult play, relationships with surrogate humans, and therapeutic self-care. Emilie’s artistic practice expands on these themes through sculptural, photographic, and video-based productions.

Emilie has exhibited her work at galleries and festivals nationally and internationally, and has received grants from organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council. In 2015 Emilie was one of two artists from North America selected to participate in the WARP Contemporary Art Platform International Artist Village at the Brugge Triennale. From 2016 to 2017 some of Emilie’s work toured Western Canada with the exhibition RE:VISION.

Emilie has published in academic journals including RACAR, and is the author of a chapter in the book The Creation of iGiselle: Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games, published by the University of Alberta Press.