This year’s theme led us to deliberate on our identity as a people in Québec via the sharp eye of six photographers from the province. Each one will present five photographs from a singular and personal project.
The guest collective for this extraordinary exhibit is made up of the following artists:
Judith Bellavance, Montreal, Québec | judithbellavance.com
“In my work both as a painter and as a photographer, it’s the development of a poetic language in ‘micro-fiction’ style that interests me. In both cases I’m driven by the passion of the individual subject as much as by the pleasure of collecting. It was incidentally that passion that led me from painting to photography.”
Jean-Francois Hamelin, Montreal, Québec | jfhamelin.com
With a background in architecture, Jean-François Hamelin produces work that swings between photographic subjectivity and the documentary. He’s interested in how the concept of identity and the phenomenon of community are altered by time, and explores those notions across his own territory: contemporary Québec.
Michel Huneault, Montreal, Québec | michelhuneault.com
Born in 1976, Michel Huneault has devoted himself to photography since 2008. Earlier he worked in international development, a career that took him to some 20 countries and that included a full year in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Joannie Lafrenière, Montreal, Québec | jlafreniere.ca
A graduate in journalism and photography, Joannie Lafrenière is interested in the beautiful people she has the privilege to come across on the road through life. Her infinite curiosity and her eagle eye take her to novel subjects, and the camera becomes a pretext for true encounters.
Nigel Quinn, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Québec | nigelquinnphoto.com
“Photography for me is the best way of healing my cynical side. Unapologetically esthetic in nature, there is a simple idealism in the subjective framing and presentation of a landscape in its best light that I find so very rewarding.”
Catherine Tremblay, Montreal, Québec | catherinetremblay.com
A native of Chicoutimi, Catherine Tremblay has lived and worked in Montreal since 2004. Since 2005 her work has received numerous awards and been presented in group and solo exhibitions throughout Québec, in Switzerland, in Africa and most recently in New York for the “Montreal/Brooklyn” project.
Group Exhibit AT rencontres
To address the theme “Identities and Territories,” Judith Bellavance presents her sensitive, poetic project News of Hope and other Micro-Fictions, while Jean-François Hamelin exhibits Témiscamingue, a plastic research project bordering on the documentary. Michel Huneault for his part demonstrates a discreet example of photojournalism with a still painful topical issue, Mégantic’s Long Night. Joannie Lafrenière, meanwhile, contributes a personal and intimate series on taxidermy, The Woman Who Saw the Bear. Nigel Quinn, an ecologically-sensitive photographer, unveils a series of portraits of Magdalen Islanders with What Remains. Finally, Catherine Tremblay invites the public to discover the link that joins human beings to their favorite landscapes with her collaborative project reVisiting.