Jean-François Lamoureux + Mathilde Fournier-Hébert in Matapédia (2013)Jean-François Lamoureux and Mathilde Fournier-Hébert reflect on photographic practice and the use of the image by re-creating a space-time where the photographic act is connected to the subject not as a witness but as an event in itself.
EXHIBIT: SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Montréal (Québec) | www.jflamoureux.com
Influenced by his social and architectural environment, Jean-François Lamoureux primarily raises questions about notions of place and time in his work. He approaches photography and video from a documentary angle, delving into the impact of human actions on society. His images speak of the tracks of time as well as those left behind by people as they pass through. Evoking inner calm and solitude, his photographic work reveals abandonment, degradation and decay. Through his pictures he creates a story within a story, such as a reflection of the individualistic being in the face of the degeneration of his mind and his lassitude in the face of what surrounds him: the person “left abandoned.”
The work of Mathilde Fournier-Hébert is born of the photographer’s desire to take a critical look at the representation of the body as subjet, and it develops on the basis of issues of identity. A multidisciplinary artist, she explores and combines the fields of photography, video, installation and the sculptural object. Influenced by gender studies, she superimposes the spheres of the intimate and the social, and speculates on our relationship with public-private notions.
EXHIBIT PRESENTED AT THE RENCONTRES: SELECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Saint-Laurent-de-Matapédia Church, Matapédia | 1, rue du Carillon
Jean-François Lamoureux and Mathilde Fournier-Hébert present a selection of photographs from their work in previous years, on the site of the church.
RESIDENCY PROJECT IN THE GASPÉ IN 2013
Exhibit: Inside the Saint-Laurent-de-Matapédia Church, Matapédia | 1, rue du Carillon
The exhibit stemming from the residency of Jean-François Lamoureux and Mathilde Fournier-Hébert in the Gaspé in the summer of 2013 will be presented from August 15 to September 11 inside the Saint-Laurent-de-Matapédia Church, Matapédia.
“Our project proposal is based on a contemplation of photographic practice and the use of the image. Our hope, during this residency, is to re-create a space-time where the photographic act is connected to the subject, not as a witness but as an event in itself. And we therefore aim to exploit the mobile pinhole camera as we travel across Gaspé territory.
This large-sized box, a device with aperture and darkroom, will travel with us over a predetermined itinerary lasting several days. We’ll put our camera down at different places in the area so that we can immerse ourselves in various sites and draw inspiration from the environment, its possibilities and its encounters. At each of our stops we’ll leave behind tracks of our passage.
This project directly involves the public, through its presence and its participation. Use of the pinhole camera means that the images created will grow much closer to the notion of perception than to an objective form of the real. Those images, traces of the experience lived, of the time that has gone by, will provide room for chance and for photographic poetry. Where landscapes, portraits and journey fragments rub shoulders, the device’s work will become a bearer and creator of memories.
FInally, if we wish to use such a device, the reason is quite simply that we can take the time to really look, to stop and share the photographic act. To begin again in a place where photography is not proof of an action or an event, but is that event, that action.” Jean-François Lamoureux and Mathilde Fournier-Hébert
Recent or significant group exhibits
- “Cube3,” La Chaufferie, Montreal, Québec