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ABOUT

Wartin Pantois lives and works in the Saint-Roch district in Québec City, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in sociology from the Université Laval.

Wartin Pantois’ artistic work highlights various human realities. His sensitive, socially committed site-specific interventions stem from social concerns, conversations with citizens and on-site observations. His work pieces take to the public space to give voice to the silenced, to foster reflections and debates.

“We all build ourselves some protection, to avoid feeling or seeing what would otherwise disturb us. It’s like a shell. Sometimes a little incentive is needed for people to open their eyes. Art in the public space can be that incentive. Through my interventions, I try to touch that little piece of humanity that everyone has inside. An unexpected artwork can be a useful intermediary. I think that the surprise of seeing an unexpected artwork at the corner of a street can possibly outplay the shell.” (free translation of an excerpt of Québec Hebdo newspaper’s interview with Wartin Pantois in October 2016).

Using black and white in contrast with the colour-saturated advertisments, Wartin Pantois includes gold leaf in some of his works to question the value given to people and things. The locations of his works are carefully chosen. The places give meaning to his images and, reciprocally, his images give meaning to the places.

Wartin Pantois is a citizen involved in his community, a street artist, a painter and a photographer. He has also produced many musical projects. His artistic interventions have been covered by the local and national media.


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LATEST INTERVENTIONS
2014 to this day

QUE TOMBENT LES MASQUES 
Collages on walls, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017








MASCARAS PRETAS / MASQUES NOIRS : LA VICTOIRE À CONTRE-JOUR 
In situ installation, collages on walls, Córtex Frontal, Arraiolos, Portugal, 2017




MASCARAS DIGITAIS / NOS MASQUES NUMÉRIQUES
Collage on wall, Grande place, Arraiolos, Portugal, 2017






PRINTEMPS MÉMOIRE 
Nomadic artistic installation, Montréal and Québec City, Canada, 2017

From the student protests for free education to the “pots and pans” solidarity movement, the 2012 “Maple Spring” has left its mark on the Québécois collectivity. Five years later, I wondered what remained alive in the citizens’ memory. 


I created a nomadic artistic installation featuring protest walkers and policemen, and then I moved it around town in Montréal and Québec City, to revive the passersby’s impressions and collect their comments.

Twenty-five people shared their impressions and reflections during this project. Interviews were conducted as the installation sporadically deployed in the public space, between May 19 and June 9, 2017. I thank each of them. 


The audio recording of Printemps mémoire is available for free streaming and download at https://wartinpantois.bandcamp.com/ 







SANTÉ POUR TOUS / HEALT FOR ALL
Collages on walls, Saint-Roch district, Québec City, Canada, 2017

An artistic intervention about the importance of providing health services to intravenous drug users. A supervised injection service (SIS) in the Saint-Roch district would translate into better health and safety for all citizens.

A SIS reduces needle-sharing as well as the transmission of HIV and other serious diseases. It increases access to addiction treatment, lowers overdose-related deaths, public-space injection, and the risk of finding dirty needles. 

This project was created with the participation of intravenous drug users and social workers who agreed to be photographed for the cause. Thanks to the Point de repères organization for its precious collaboration. 






HORIZONS
Collages on walls, Le Cercle-Lab vivant, Québec City, Canada, 2017

Installation inspired by the Cercle-Lab vivant’s working themes: the feminine, the First Nations, northernness, and disquieting strangeness. The installation recalls the life path of a Native woman, from birth and the dependence upon others, through the horizons of childhood as well as the inner and social struggles, up to the last breath and a look at the past.

Entirely made from photographs of the public domain found on the Internet, this intervention also offers a reflection on the representation of women and Natives in the global digital imagery. 

This installation was carried out during a research-creation residency at Le Cercle-Lab vivant, a space for co-creation and cultural democratization.







Sans-abri
Collages on walls, Place de l’Université-du-Québec, Québec City, Canada, 2016

This artistic intervention is an invitation to the Nuit des sans-abri and a call for solidarity. The Nuit des sans-abri is an event designed to raise awareness about poverty, social disaffiliation and homelessness. The intervention also reflects on the value of homeless people in our eyes. It features images of urban sleepers and sleeping bags scattered across the place de l’Université-du-Québec. The collage is made of digital prints enhanced with gold leaf.








Expulsés
Collages on door, Saint-Roch district, Québec City, Canada, 2016

An artistic intervention on Christophe-Colomb Street East, in the Saint-Roch district in Québec City. Low-income citizens were evicted from their apartment a few years ago for a controversial real estate project that did not materialize. As in a quote, a remake, artist Ernest Pignon Ernest’s characters representing his own parents evicted from their Nice apartment (“Expulsions”, Paris, 1978).

“Wartin Pantois, a Québec City artist with a name but without a face, gives voice to the voiceless. Here we have (at least) two appropriations: on the one hand, a cause (those evicted from their home/gentrification put into question/an absurd situation) and at the same time, the transfer of the work of a senior artist. It is done tactfully, without distortion.“ (free translation of a comment by independent curator and artist Emmanuel Galland, about the intervention Expulsés).




Frappe la mort
Spray paint on concrete, Saint-Roch district, Québec City, Canada, 2016

This artistic intervention has been created from Accès transports viables’ interactive map of road accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists from 2005 to 2014. The sites of fatal accidents in the Saint-Roch district have been marked with white outlines on the ground.





L’inhibition du monolithe
Wood, industrial tarp, polypropylene rope and polyethylene film, Îlot Fleurie, Québec City, Canada, 2016

“L’inhibition du monolithe” is the result of a reflection on creative inhibition. It is a very personal work that quietly presents itself in the public space.

The sculpture is covered in an industrial tarp and a polyethylene film, which respectively represent the inhibited artistic inspiration and the held back expression of the creative idea. This art piece will never be unveiled.

I carried “L’inhibition du monolithe” on my back, like a burden, in a sort of silent solitary procession, all the way to the bucolic ruin of the Îlot Fleurie, where I left it. I hope it will be taken apart by homeless people of Saint-Roch and used as material for shelter.

To each his second life.



Hommage à Jean Pierre Raynaud
Spray paint on walls, Petit-Champlain and Saint-Roch districts, Québec City, Canada, 2015

The reappearance of “Dialogue avec l’histoire” as multiple short-lived copies in the public space is an answer to the destruction of Jean Pierre Raynaud’s sculpture. The Ville de Québec had neglected the maintenance of artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud’s sculpture “Dialogue avec l'histoire” that had been located at place de Paris since 1984. On June 17, 2015, it was taken apart without regard for the intellectual property and without the artist’s consent.







Embellissons notre quartier
Collages on abandoned building, Saint-Roch districtQuébec City, Canada, 2014

Many buildings in the Saint-Roch district are empty and closed down. Let’s be aware of that situation and let’s promote better maintenance for these buildings. Let’s give them back some of their grace.




Early urban works
2004 and 2005

Oiseau de Malheur
Collages on highway structures, Îlot Fleurie, Québec City, Canada, 2005



Chroniques sociales
Photo Installation in window display, Saint-Jean-Baptiste district, Québec City, Canada, 2004



Question de distraction
Collages on highway structures, Îlot Fleurie, Québec City, Canada, 2004

An invitation to discover six photographic works featuring various cloud formations. Each photograph has a title that questions passersby and busybodies.




PRESS REVIEW
2014 to this day


The Artist Using Provocative Images to Advocate For Safe Injection Sites, Brigitte Noël, Vice video, 25 mai 2017. Reportage vidéo en ligne : https://video.vice.com/en_ca/video/the-artist-using-provocative-images-to-advocate-for-safe-injection-sites/5925f2fdb9b44725425aee90 

Des images-chocs pour revendiquer un site d'injection supervisée à Québec, Brigitte Noël, Vice vidéo, 10 mai 2017. Reportage vidéo en ligne : 

https://video.vice.com/fr_ca/video/des-images-chocs-pour-revendiquer-un-site-dinjection-supervisee-a-quebec/59123f7dd21270494d81dfbf


Wartin Pantois frappe de nouveau ; Le Banksy de Saint-Roch utilise son art pour demander l’implantation d’un service d’injection supervisé dans le quartier, Le Québec Express, 10 mai 2017. Première page du journal papier et en ligne : http://www.lamediatheque.tc/wp-content/uploads/html/QE_20170510/index.html#p=1

Wartin Pantois et Mario Gagnon - Sensibiliser à l'importance des sites d'injection, Mickaël Bergeron, Québec, réveille!, CKIA 88,3 FM Radio Urbaine, 8 mai 2017. Entrevue radio disponible en ligne : https://soundcloud.com/quebecreveille/entrevue-wartin-pantois-et-mario-gagnon-sensibiliser-a-limportance-des-sites-dinjection

Du street art qui dérange à Québec, Brigitte Noël, Vice, 5 mai 2017. Article en ligne : https://www.vice.com/fr_ca/article/du-street-art-qui-derange-a-quebec

Des seringues souillées dérangent au centre-ville de Québec, Marie Maude Pontbriand, Radio-Canada, 3 mai 2017. Article en ligne : http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1031603/seringues-souillees-derangent-centre-ville-quebec

Seringues trouvées dans un parc : entrevue avec Mario Gagnon et Wartin Pantois, Marie‑Michelle Lacroix, Première Chaine, 106,3 FM, Émission Première heure avec Claude Bernachez, 3 mai 2017. Reportage radio en ligne à 08m35s : http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/premiere-heure/episodes/380275/audio-fil-du-mercredi-3-mai-2017

Des peintures qui se shootent pour instaurer un service d’injection supervisé, Mathieu  Galarneau, Québec  Hebdo, May 1, 2017. Online article: http://www.quebechebdo.com/actualites/societe/2017/5/1/des-peintures-qui-se-shootent-pour-instaurer-un-service-dinjecti.html

Fentanyl : «on se prépare à un été chaud à Québec», Mathieu Galarneau, Québec Hebdo, May 1, 2017. Quoted online: http://www.quebechebdo.com/actualites/societe/2017/5/1/fentanyl----on-se-prepare-a-un-ete-chaud-a-quebec-.html


Santé pour tous : prélude à un service d’injection supervisée?, Suzie Genest, Monsaintroch.com, April 29, 2017. Online article: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2017/sante-pour-tous-prelude-artistique-a-un-service-dinjection-supervisee/

Wartin Pantois : le mur, moteur de création, Pierre Bouchard et Jean-Philippe Pleau, Radio‑Canada, Première Chaine 106,3 FM, C’est fou Show, March 19, 2017. Radio story and online article: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/premiere/emissions/c-est-fou/segments/entrevue/18753/wartin-pantois-mur-artiste

En accéléré, Magazine 1608 - Le magazine de l’art de vivre à Québec, March 10, 2017. Quoted online:  http://magazine1608.com/semaine-1608-10mars

Wartin Pantois : ceci n’est pas un papier peint, Catherine Genest, Voir, March 1, 2017. Online article: https://voir.ca/arts-visuels/2017/03/01/wartin-pantois-ceci-nest-pas-un-papier-peint/

Wartin Pantois ouvre des Horizons, Suzie Genest, Monsaintroch.com, Febuary 27, 2017. Online article: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2017/wartin-pantois-ouvre-des-horizons/

Du street art à la feuille d'or, Josianne Desloges, Le Soleil, Febuary 25, 2017. Online article: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/arts/expositions/201702/25/01-5073284-du-street-art-a-la-feuille-dor.php

Wartin Pantois : le Banksy de Saint-Roch, Alix Paré-Vallerand, La revengeance des duchesses, Febuary 9, 2017.  Blog post: http://www.revengeanceduchesses.com/wartin-pantois/



Wartin Pantois : ceci n’est pas un papier peint, Catherine Genest, Voir, March 1, 2017. Online article: https://voir.ca/arts-visuels/2017/03/01/wartin-pantois-ceci-nest-pas-un-papier-peint/

Wartin Pantois ouvre des Horizons, Suzie Genest, Monsaintroch.com, Febuary 27, 2017. Online article: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2017/wartin-pantois-ouvre-des-horizons/

Du street art à la feuille d'or, Josianne Desloges, Le Soleil, Febuary 25, 2017. Online article: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/arts/expositions/201702/25/01-5073284-du-street-art-a-la-feuille-dor.php

Wartin Pantois : le Banksy de Saint-Roch, Alix Paré-Vallerand, La revengeance des duchesses, Fabuary 9, 2017.  Online article: http://www.revengeanceduchesses.com/wartin-pantois/

Revue de l’année 2016 à Saint-Roch : Urbanisme et vie culturelle, Monsaintroch.com, 30 décembre 2016. Quoted online: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2016/lannee-2016-a-saint-roch-1-de-2-urbanisme-et-vie-culturelle/


La peinture pour réfléchir à ce qu’est l’itinérance, Mathieu Galarneau, TC Média Nouvelles, October 21, 2016. Online interview: https://app.tcmedianouvelles.ca/webviewer.html#project/e33d9e2b-e00b-4c5d-8348-de8a1df31749/view/WQC_Vendredi_21_Octobre_IPAD-0Pq08sxoL/article/A009_WQC_h_20161021_la_peinture_pour_reflechi-bre_IPAD-.fss9RrIL

L’art de rue fait réfléchir, Magazine 1608 - Le magazine de l’art de vivre à Québec, October 21, 2016. Blog post: http://magazine1608.com/semaine-1608-21octobre

La peinture pour réfléchir à ce qu’est l’itinérance, Mathieu Galarneau, Québec Hebdo, October 21, 2016. Online interview: http://www.quebechebdo.com/Actualites/Societe/2016-10-21/article-4668803/La-peinture-pour-reflechir-a-ce-qu%26rsquo%3Best-l%26rsquo%3Bitinerance/1

Sans-abri : nouvelle intervention artistique signée Wartin Pantois, Suzie Genest, Monsaintroch.com, October 15, 2016. Online article: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2016/sans-abri-nouvelle-intervention-artistique-signee-wartin-pantois/

La gentrification de Saint-Roch; Entrevue Wartin Pantois et Nicolas Dionne, Mickaël Bergeron, Québec, réveille!, CKIA 88,3 FM Radio Urbaine, September 23, 2016. Online radio interview: https://soundcloud.com/quebecreveille/entrevue-wartin-pantois-et-nicolas-dionne-la-gentrification-de-st-roch

Mort de Guy Blouin : enquête préliminaire du policier accusé, Lynda Forgues, Droit de Parole, September 20, 2016. Image quoted online: http://www.droitdeparole.org/2016/09/mort-de-guy-blouin-enquete-preliminaire-du-policier-accuse/


L’artiste engagé Wartin Pantois frappe de nouveau dans Saint-Roch, Mathieu Galarneau, Québec Hebdo, September 17, 2016. Online article: http://www.quebechebdo.com/Actualites/Societe/2016-09-17/article-4643814/L%26rsquo%3Bartiste-engage-Wartin-Pantois-frappe-de-nouveau-dans-Saint-Roch/1

L'artiste Wartin Pantois récidive dans Saint-Roch, Camille B. Vincent, Le Soleil, September 18, 2016. Online article: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/societe/201609/18/01-5021812-lartiste-wartin-pantois-recidive-dans-saint-roch.php?

L’artiste engagé Wartin Pantois frappe de nouveau dans Saint-Roch, Mathieu Galarneau, TC Média Nouvelles, September 18, 2016. Online article: https://stg-app.tcmedianouvelles.ca/article/a75298a6fde73840703901c50cf2327f.html

Pour en finir avec les boulevards dangereux, Yan Turgeon, Le Vélurbaniste, August 17, 2016. Quoted online: http://velurbaniste.com/2016/08/17/pour-en-finir-avec-les-boulevards-dangereux/

La nécessité d'instaurer une culture piétonne au Québec, Catherine Perrin, Radio-Canada, Première Chaine 106,3 FM, Médium large show, August 1, 2016. Online radio interview at 09m36s: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/medium_large/2015-2016/chronique.asp?idChronique=413068 

L'art s'étale sur la chaussée pour sensibiliser à la sécurité, François Cattapan, Québec Hebdo, July 26, 2016. Online article: http://www.quebechebdo.com/Actualites/Societe/2016-07-26/article-4598779/Lart-setale-sur-la-chaussee-pour-sensibiliser-a-la-securite/1

Coup d'éclat artistique dans Saint-Roch, Monsaintroch.com, July 26, 2016. Quoted online: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2016/coup-declat-artistique-dans-saint-roch/

Des lieux d’accident mortel immortalisés à Québec, Virginie Landry, Journal Métro, July 26, 2016. Online article: http://journalmetro.com/nouvelles-insolites/998738/des-lieux-daccident-mortel-immortalises-a-quebec/

Morts de piétons : coup d’éclat artistique dans Saint-Roch, Éco Québec info, July 26, 2016. Quoted online:  http://ecoquebecinfo.com/mocoup-declat-artistique-saint-roch/

L'art s'étale sur la chaussée pour sensibiliser à la sécurité, François Cattapan, Le Québec Express, July 26, 2016. Online article: http://www.lequebecexpress.com/Actualites/Societe/2016-07-26/article-4598779/Lart-setale-sur-la-chaussee-pour-sensibiliser-a-la-securite/1


Coup d'éclat artistique dans Saint-Roch, Valérie Gaudreau, Le Soleil, July 25, 2016. Online article: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/societe/201607/25/01-5004386-coup-declat-artistique-dans-saint-roch.php

La mort des piétons/cyclistes dans Saint-Roch soulignée par un artiste, Gontrand Némo, Subvercité, July 25, 2016. Blog post: http://www.subvercite.org/la-mort-des-pietons-dans-saint-roch-soulignes-par-un-artiste/

La mort des piétons dans Saint-Roch soulignée par un artiste, Info Libertaire, July 25, 2016. Blog post: https://www.infolibertaire.net/la-mort-des-pietons-dans-saint-roch-soulignes-par-un-artiste/


Le « Dialogue avec l’histoire » hante Québec, Le Devoir, July 10, 2015. Online article: http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/arts-visuels/444780/le-dialogue-avec-l-histoire-hante-quebec

Hommages à « Dialogue avec l'histoire », Redécoration urbaine - Section Québec, July 10, 2015. Blog post: http://graffaquebec.tumblr.com/post/123845455973/hommages-%C3%A0-dialogue-avec-lhistoire-la

Destruction de Dialogue avec l'histoire : un artiste exprime sa honte; Mystérieux pochoirs, Raphaëlle Plante, Le Soleil, July 7, 2015. Online article: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/societe/201507/07/01-4883772-destruction-de-dialogue-avec-lhistoire-un-artiste-exprime-sa-honte.php

La honte, Catherine Genest, Voir, July 6, 2015 update. Online article:

Le projet Inside Out du quartier Saint-Roch à Québec avec Martin April, Pierre Bouchard et Jean-Philippe Pleau, Radio-Canada, Première Chaine 106,3 FM, C’est fou show, L’image part 1, September 20, 2014. Radio story and online article: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/c_est_fou/2014-2015/chronique.asp?idChronique=349672


Embellissons Saint-Roch, Radio-Canada, Le Téléjournal Québec, August 19, 2014. TV story and online article: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/quebec/2014/08/19/003-inside-out-art-participatif-st-roch.shtml

Bâtiments abandonnés dans Saint-Roch : quand les murs parlent d'inquiétudes..., Annie Mathieu, Le Soleil, August 19, 2014. Online article: http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/la-capitale/201408/18/01-4792744-batiments-abandonnes-dans-saint-roch-quand-les-murs-parlent-dinquietudes.php

Embellissons notre quartier, Radio-Canada, Claude Bernachez, Première Chaine, 106,3 FM, Première heure show, August 19, 2014. Online radio story at 08m42s: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/premiere_heure/2013-2014/archives.asp?date=2014-08-19

Un immeuble abandonné accueille des portraits, Le Québec Express, August 17, 2014. Online article: http://www.lequebecexpress.com/Communaut%C3%A9/2014-08-17/article-3837690/Un-immeuble-abandonne-accueille-des-portraits/1

Embellissons notre quartier, Estelle et Félix, CKIA 88,3 Radio urbaine, L’envol de la perruche show, August 17, 2014. Online radio story at 28m50s: https://www.mixcloud.com/envolperruche/%C3%A9mission-du-17-ao%C3%BBt-2014/

Immeubles laissés à l’abandon dans Saint-Roch : un Groupe d’action à l’œuvre, Comité citoyen de Saint-Roch, August 17, 2014. Blog post: http://comcitsaintroch.blogspot.ca/2014/08/immeubles-laisses-labandon-dans-saint.html

Inside Out : embellir de lintérieur, Suzie Genest, Monsaintroch.com, August 17, 2014. Online article: http://blogue.monsaintroch.com/2014/inside-out-embellir-de-linterieur/