1993, at the day of the coronation of Albert 2, we tried to get a free ride on the Brussels metro system and were caught by the police. When asked to give them a name we came up with Bernard Leroy.
Bernard Leroy (°1975, Mississauga, Canada) is an artist who mainly works in the field of performance/activism.
By creating situations and breaking the passivity of the spectator, Leroy wants the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component. Art is activism: to be able to interact with a world in distress through his art is important. His performances demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global domination by a few corporations on recent history. He challenges the authority we generally accept as ‘civilised’, and ‘democratic’.
By questioning and undoing seemingly hard-cultured mechanisms (B.L.F.) into a new chaotic universe, he uses a visual vocabulary ( Wars, I Ate ...) that addresses many different ecological and political issues. Eco-installations as Brave Little Forest and his interest in the project WasteLand makes him a proponent for environmental and sustainable solutions in Urban areas.
Bernard Leroy currently lives and works in Mississauga.