france-trepanierFrance Trépanier is a visual artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. Her practice is informed by relational aesthetic and the use of strategies of collaboration. Sometimes, the public is invited to intervene and transform the artwork. Sometimes it is within the creative process itself that the collaboration is anchored. Her artistic and curatorial work has been presented in many venues in Canada and in France. Her artworks are included in various public and private collections, including the Museum of Civilization in Quebec, the Aboriginal Art Collection of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Banff Centre Art Collection. Over the years, she was awarded numerous arts grants and she served on many multidisciplinary, media art and visual arts juries. She is the Aboriginal curator in residence at Open Space Arts Society in Victoria BC, where she is curating the Awakening Memory Project. She recently completed Mawita’jig, a three-year collaborative curatorial project involving Indigenous artists and Mig’maq communities at the artist-run centre Vaste et Vague on the Gaspé Peninsula. France is also an Indigenous arts educator at Camosun College and the University of Victoria. France was the co-recipient of the 2012 Audain Aboriginal Curatorial Fellowship by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. France recently co-authored with Chris Creighton-Kelly Understanding Aboriginal Art in Canada Today: a Knowledge and Literature Review for the Canada Council for the Arts. France is co-chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and co-chair of the Indigenous Program Council at the Banff Centre. She also is a member of the Aboriginal Education Council at OCADU in Toronto. As an arts administrator and consultant France has worked with many organizations such as Full Circle First Nations Performance, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre, the Museum of Civilization, the First Peoples Cultural Council, the University of Regina and the National Aboriginal Network for Arts Administration. France worked at the Canada Council for the Arts before becoming a Senior Arts Policy Advisor for the Department of Canadian Heritage. She held a diplomatic post as First Secretary, Cultural Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. She directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris. France was also the co-founder and Director of the artist-run center Axe Néo-7 in Gatineau, Quebec.