Emilie St-Hilaire is a multidisciplinary artist scholar and freelance designer of settler ancestry born in Thompson Manitoba, Treaty 5 territory. She grew up on Treaty 1 territory, in Winnipeg’s francophone neighbourhood of Saint-Boniface. She earned her MFA at the University of Alberta.
Emilie's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council. In 2016-17 some of Emilie’s work toured Western Canada with the exhibition RE:VISION, curated by Zoé Fortier, stopping in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. In 2018 Emilie launched a new series of illustrations.
Emilie is currently a doctoral candidate in the Humanities PhD program at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her FRQSC-funded research examines the sub-cultural phenomenon of reborn dolls from a feminist perspective. Being one of few researchers studying this topic Emilie is regularly interviewed by journalists on the topic of reborn dolls. Her research has been cited in The Guardian (US), Le Temps (Switzerland), and Gehirn and Geist (Germany).
Emilie's academic writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals including RACAR, and Le Journal International de Bioéthique. She is the author of a chapter in the book The Creation of iGiselle: Classical Ballet Meets Contemporary Video Games, edited by Nora Foster Stovel, published by the University of Alberta Press (2019).
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