International Cooperation: Québec – France 2014


Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie and Promenades photographiques de Vendôme have in common an eagerness to carry out truly substantial work on their territories aimed at raising awareness about and disseminating photography.

The two events have jointly committed themselves to championing the work of artists with regard to the various artistic practices surrounding the image. They are driven by the same desire for culture for everyone, free and accessible exhibits (indoor and outdoor), a cross-sector approach, quality and meaning.


In the framework of the international cooperation agreements of Rencontres, the Gaspé territory welcomed French artists Laurent Villeret and Flora for a residency in 2013. On the other side of the Atlantic, Québec artist Jean-François Bérubé was hosted in France in 2013 to do an artist residency of his own. The works of these three artists will be put on display jointly by our two events at the 5th edition of Rencontres and the 10th edition of Promenades.

In 2014, Rencontres will be welcoming for residencies French artist Bogdan Konopka, whose work in artistic research will be exhibited in 2015 at the 6th edition of Rencontres. And Québec artists Bertrand Carrière and Charles Frédérick Ouellet will this year be hosted for a residency by Promenades. Their work will be exhibited simultaneously in 2015 at our respective artistic events.


This year, Rencontres invited France’s Gilbert Garcin and Léo Delafontaine to present their work. Promenades, meanwhile, invited Québec’s Helen Doyle to screen her film.


Thanks to a collaboration between Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie and the Conseil Général de la Vendée (France), Québec photographer Guillaume D. Cyr, a native of the Gaspé, undertook a residency in research and creation on the landscape in Vendée in the fall of 2012. Vendée photographer Frédéric Merlet, meanwhile, did a residency in the Gaspé. The exhibits of the two artists were presented in Percé for the 2013 edition of Rencontres as well as in Vendée.

In 2014 the agreement continues with the exhibition of the results of these two residencies, organized by the Conseil Général de Vendée, in the gardens of the vicarage of Mortagne-sur-Sèvre, France, from April to June 2014.