France Trépanier is a sang-mêlé of Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) and québécois ancestry. She is a visual artist, a curator and a researcher who currently lives on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Her artistic and curatorial work has been presented in Canada and France. Her practice is characterized by the use of strategies of collaboration. Sometimes, the public is invited to intervene and transform the artwork. Sometimes it is within the creative practice itself that the collaboration is anchored.
Recently, France co-authored Understanding Aboriginal Art in Canada Today: a Knowledge and Literature Review for the Canada Council for the Arts.
France worked at the Canada Council for the Arts before becoming a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Canadian Heritage. She held a diplomatic post as First Secretary, Cultural Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. In this capacity, she designed and founded the Centre for New Media (CNM) at the Canadian Cultural Centre. She was Executive Director from 1996 to 1999. France was also the co-founder and Director of the artist-run center Axe Néo-7 from 1982 to 1987.
France is a member of the Aboriginal Program Council at the Banff Centre. She was recently awarded, with Chris Creighton-Kelly, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship.
Awarded $4000 to research, develop and produce an interactive web based art piece, which will explore the power and sacredness of offerings