Since 2016, we at VU have been working on La fête, a collaborative and multidisciplinary publication project that explores the transformative potential of parties in our interactions with people and spaces. Conceptualized by Jean-François Prost over the course of research in Québec and Brazil, the book brings numerous people and situations together within an imaginary, heterogenous, and undisciplined universe.

La fête includes photographs and sounds from about fifty contributors working with various sources and contexts. As such, the book itself is a space of coming together and expression where we can claim the right to party, to the night, to the city. Authors Hélène Matte, Adriana de Oliveira and Bernard Schutze were invited to contribute reflections on censorship and control of parties, as well as on the acts of resistance and emancipation it catalyzes.

The sound component of the project was produced in collaboration with Avatar.

La fête will be released in November 2020. In the meantime, you can pre-order your copy, and receive one of three complimentary 18”x24” posters created especially for the occasion. 25 copies of each available!

Posters have also been installed in public spaces throughout Québec City!

Launches are planned for Québec City and Montréal. Dates and venues TBA soon!


Jean-François Prost with : Mitchell Akiyama, Bruno Ataíde, Magali Babin, Balada Tropical, Leo Bitar, Olivia Borg, Caíque Bouzas, Aissa Lemos de Castro, Tom Correia, Catherine Couture, Marcelo Delfino, Clélie Delmas, Frank Desgagnés, Léna Durr, Simon Elmaleh, João Farkas, Festa MEL / Dani Spadotto, Débora Flor, Alexandre Furcolin Filho, Delphine Egesborg, Maria Esperança Gadelha, André Giesemann & Daniel Schulz, Ney Gomes, Gabrielle Guido, Cao Guimarães & Rivane Neuenschwander, Anne-Christine Guy, Christophe Havard, Caroline Hayeur, Véronique Isabelle, Katya Konioukhova, Alice Kottler, Randolpho Lamonier, Nathalie LeBlanc, Christian Leduc, André-Éric Létourneau, Victor Luque, Cédric Martin, Géraldine Martin, MATA, Thierry Matheus, Coline Nageli, Iris de Oliveira, Charles-Frédérick Ouellet, Gabriela Palha, Agnes Pe, Victor Piverno Barrios, François Prost, Anne-Marie Proulx, Mário Roberto, Marcos Rodrigues, Rodrigo Souza, Ygor Souza, Denis Thibeault, Nancy Tobin, Roberto de la Torre, Stéfanie Requin Tremblay.


Publisher: VU
Sound art collaboration: Avatar
Graphic design: Paquebot design
ISBN 978-2-921440-34-9 | $25
21 x 27.3 cm | 160 pages | texts in French, English and Portuguese | colour and black-and-white photos | holographic soft cover | perfect bound | offset printed