On the theme Conversations, the 12th Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie will be taking place this summer in 12 municipalities, towns and national parks on the peninsula. Held for the most part out of doors, the 16 exhibits and installations will show the work of 15 artists from Québec and abroad, along with a selection of photographic works gathered in the exhibition L’espace du livre. With just two exceptions, each of the exhibits will run from July 15 to September 30, 2021.
To see in the Côte-de-Gaspé RCM
Sound Mirrors by Bertrand Carrière (Longueuil, Québec) will be presented at the Théâtre de la Vieille-Forge site in Petite-Vallée, while Musée de la Gaspésie, in Gaspé, will play host to the augmented-reality project Plongeons by Sven (Montreal, Québec). Still in Gaspé, As if the day never existed by Nele Van Canneyt (Belgium) will take place near the Horacio LeBouthillier house (a few steps from the Birthplace of Canada).
To see in the Rocher-Percé RCM
Fabric of self: folded and folded again, 2021 by Maude Arsenault (Montreal, Québec) will be presented in two locations in Percé: on the boardwalk (Charles-Robin historical sector in Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park) and near Rue du Quai. In Chandler, the park in front of Cantine du Chenail will host Isolation by documentary photographer Renaud Philippe (Québec City, Québec).
To see in the Bonaventure RCM
Time’s out | Temps fluide by Marie-Claude Gendron (Montreal, Québec), composed of photos and videos, will take place in two outdoor settings: the site of Centre culturel de Paspébiac, and the boardwalk. The video installation Why Should I Stop? by Leila Zelli (Montreal, Québec), meanwhile, will be staged inside the cultural center. Near the tourist information center in Bonaventure, the public will be able to see A Sisterhood (a community of nuns) by artist Valeria Luongo (Great Britain). At New Richmond, Taylor’s Point Park will be exhibiting The places that inhabit us, the result of the photographic mission by Chloé Beaulac (Longueuil, Québec) in the Laurentians in 2019.
To see in the Avignon RCM
Maria will host Amour (Amur) by artist Claudine Doury (France), a member of Agence VU’. This exhibit will be installed near the natural steel frame (a work of art by Yves Gonthier) in the rest stop area.
Three exhibitions will be held in Carleton-sur-Mer. Documentary Adrift by Nayla Dabaji (Montreal, Québec), bringing together photographic, textual and sound elements, will take place at the Vaste et Vague artist center from August 6 to September 6, 2021. A Dialogue with Solitude by Dave Heath (Toronto, Ontario), will be presented at Parc des Horizons. Finally, L’espace du livre 2021 will be held at the Gabrielle-Bernard-Dubé library from July 30 to September 4, 2021. This exhibition consists of more than 25 Québec-published photobooks chosen by curator Serge Allaire and the same number of French books selected by the Nantes-based organization Pratiques et Usages de l’Image, all of which consider publication as the intended result of an artistic approach.
Miguasha National Park, in Nouvelle, will be hosting Gypsies by Jacques Léonard (Spain) outside the former visitor center. A new exhibit location, the Battle of the Restigouche National Historic Site in Pointe-à-la-Croix, will welcome Traces by Yves Arcand (Matane, Québec). Finally, the Deux-Rivières Lookout, in Matapedia, will be the setting for The Sweet Ends by Samuel Graveline (Montreal, Québec).
Top photo : Le débarquement, 2020, image from the photography series Plongeons. © Sven