Hannah Doucet is an artist, arts educator and organizer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her work explores the body, representation, materiality and failure via the medium of photography. Her recent work with the body is contextualized through the lens of illness, fixating on the transitive phenomenological experience of illness, and its relationship with the fixed and static nature of photography. She has exhibited across Canada, with recent exhibitions at Duplex (Vancouver), PLATFORM (Winnipeg), The New Gallery (Calgary) and Gallery 44 (Toronto). Doucet was the inaugural winner of the PLATFORM Photography award in 2017. She participated in a Banff Centre residency for emerging visual artists in 2017.
Doucet’s artistic practice is deeply connected to her work as a community art educator and organizer. She believes that the importance of being an artist moves far beyond the production of artworks to that of building and caring for communities that will create contexts for artists, ideas, and artistic work to thrive.
Doucet facilitates art workshops throughout the city of Winnipeg through Art City (a not-for profit community art centre primarily serving indigenous and newcomer youth within Winnipeg’s City Centre), Misericordia Health Centre (serving older adults with varied cognitive and physical abilities), Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre (serving indigenous youth aged 13-24) and Plugin Institute of Contemporary Art (educating high school aged youth from all over Winnipeg). She is an ongoing artist in residence with Mikw Chiyâm Integrative Arts Program, in Waskaganish (2017) and in Whapmagoostui (2019). Through this program she is able to work on her independent practice while also educating Cree high school aged youth in techniques of mixed- media and expanded photography.
Doucet was one of two co-founders of Flux Gallery in 2015, a gallery space created for early-stage emerging artists within the established artist-run-centre aceartinc.. Alongside her peers Kristina Banera, John Patterson and Rachael Thorleifson she co-founded Blinkers Art and Project Space in downtown Winnipeg in 2018. Blinkers exists to exhibit, promote and create an engaged critical dialogue with the work of emerging, early career and experimental artists from across Canada. Blinkers strives to build community both locally and nationally by increasing dialogue between emerging artists, art spaces and communities across the country.