The 5th edition of Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie presents, starting in mid-July, the exhibits and installations of some 50 photographers from the Gaspé, from elsewhere in Québec and from various countries. The public is invited to view them until mid-September in 13 host municipalities.
This year’s theme – “Visible. Invisible.” – gives free rein to the interpretation we bring to the photograph, to what it embodies in our day-to-day life, in our relationship with the real and our perception of the world. It also serves as a pretext to present the body of work of the different artists taking part in this 5th edition of Rencontres.
AVIGNON // In Matapedia, in Saint-Laurent-de-Matapédia church, the exhibit Nomad by Kitra Cahana (Montreal, Québec) will be held. In Miguasha, on the site of the national park, Donald Weber (Los Angeles, California) presents the exhibit Quniqjuk, Qunbuq, Quabaa. Carleton-sur-Mer will play host to four exhibits: Ice, by Flora (Paris, France), the fruit of an artist residency in the Gaspé in the winter of 2013, will be staged at the Vaste et Vague artist center; Changing the World, by Gilbert Garcin (Marseilles, France), at Saint-Joseph school; and also Volatile Slide and Other Disorders, by Maryse Goudreau (Miguasha, the Gaspé) and The Sensor, by Bertrand Carrière (Longueuil, Québec), on the municipal beach. In Maria, at Parc du Vieux-Quai, Helen Sear (Raglan, Wales, United Kingdom) will be exhibiting Pastoral Monuments and Inside the View, while Michael Flomen (Montreal, Québec) will be presenting Higher Ground. The Gesgapegiag reserve, meanwhile, will be hosting Tia’Mugwet (Moose Hunt) by Estelle Marcoux (Caplan, the Gaspé).
BONAVENTURE // In New Richmond, Pointe-Taylor park will present Fallen Princesses by Dina Goldstein (Vancouver, British Columbia). In Bonaventure, at the Saint-Bonaventure church, Jean-François Bérubé (Montreal, Québec) will exhibit part of the works of Bonum iter Compostellam (Have a good trip to Compostela). In Paspébiac, at the cultural center, Isabelle Hayeur (Rawdon, Québec) will present Mirages, while the warehouse LeBoutillier & Brothers on the Banc-de-Pêche-de-Paspébiac historical site will host Possible and Imaginary Lives by Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh and Rozenn Quéré (Brussels, Belgium).
ROCHER-PERCÉ // Chandler will offer The Girl Who Sees the Verses by Rina Vukobratovic (Novi Sad, Serbia) on the Parc du Souvenir road and Circuit des bâtisseurs bridge. Percé will be hosting, near the dock and on the promenade along the sea, Eyes on the Collection Loto-Québec, showing 35 years of Québec creation through the works of 23 photographers. On Bonaventure Island, Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras (Montreal, Québec) will present Story Gatherers, the result of a creation residency in Percé during the spring and summer of 2014.
CÔTE-DE-GASPÉ // The town of Gaspé hosts another part of Bonum iter Compostellam (Have a good trip to Compostela) by Jean-François Bérubé (Montreal, Québec) on the Rue de la Reine. Linda Rutenberg (Montreal, Québec) has been presenting, since June, the exhibit The Gaspé Peninsula: Land on the Edge of Time at Musée de la Gaspésie (admission fee of $5 for Museum non-members). In Grande-Vallée, on the promenade towards the Galipeault covered bridge, the collective Kahem, composed of Québec photographers Charles-Frédérick Ouellet, Christian Lamontagne, Nicolas Levesque and Yoanis Menge, is presenting the exhibit 132.
HAUTE-GASPÉSIE // In Marsoui, at A.-Couturier park, Evgenia Arbugaeva (Yakutsk, Russia) is presenting her series Tiksi, which enjoyed great success in Bonaventure last year. Laurent Villeret (Paris, France) presents Heliotropes #7. Northbound at the Couturier building. And finally, at the municipal rest stop, Cap-Chat will be hosting Micronations by Léo Delafontaine (Paris, France).
A reminder that Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie is an invitation to come out and meet artists in a region where photographs and landscapes come together around an artistic project. For more details: photogaspesie.ca.