Patrick Dionne et Miki Gingras in Chandler (2013)Since 1999, Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras have been creating works inspired by political, social and cultural issues.
EXHIBIT: “MÉMOIRE (ESCENARIO DE MUJER)” (MEMORY [WOMAN SCENARIO])
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Like visual anthropologists, they explore the relationship of individuals with their environment. The issues are approached visually from a plastic and esthetic standpoint. The photographic result is influenced by the stories that they experience and that are recounted to them. The interrelationship with people is important: Dionne and Gingras bring to the table their sensitivity, their open-mindedness and their imagination. They use a computer to image people in order to create subjective worlds that visually present the experience shared with the subject and the reflections occasioned by the theme. In composing with all these risks – both from the technical and interpersonal points of view – they raise questions about the objectivity of the documentary as well as about the photographic medium’s relationship to reality.
EXHIBIT PRESENTED AT THE RENCONTRES: “MÉMOIRE (ESCENARIO DE MUJER)” (MEMORY [WOMAN SCENARIO])
“Memory” was carried out with the participation of women in the village of San Pedro Ecatepec, a community in the Mexican state of Tlaxcala. For close to seven weeks, Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras accompanied women in their camera-obscura photography apprenticeship. The project was a way for the artists to give the women a voice. The photos were displayed on the walls of the houses in which each of the participants lived in an exhibit in the form of a tour that was held during the village festival. Dionne and Gingras photographed the pinhole images produced by the women and exhibited in their world, in so doing archiving their memories.
Recent or significant solo exhibits
- “Identité Centre-Sud” (South-central [Montreal] Identity), Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Québec
- “Humanidad – Working Children,” Glendon Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
- “Identité NDG,” Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Québec
Recent or significant group exhibits
- “Pinhole Patagonia”, Complejo Cultural, Patagonia, Argentina
- “Santiago”, Quetzalcoatl room, Iztapalapa Federal District Casa de la Cultura, Mexico
- “Mutation Kinétoscopique”, Maison de la culture Mont-Royal, Montreal, Québec
Distinctions or awards
- 18e Concurso Latinoamericano de Fotografia Documental (18th Latin American Documentary Photography Competition), Medellín, Colombia
- “Portfolio: Fragments Identitaires Centre-Sud (Portfolio: South-central [Montreal] Identity Fragments), in Ciel Variable, C.V. Photo # 94, Montréal.
- “Portfolio: Mémoire,” in Ciel Variable, C.V. Photo # 90, Montréal, 2012.
- Save the Children – Noruega. Humanidad – Les enfants travailleurs du Nicaragua (Humanidad – Working Children of Nicaragua), Nicaragua, 2006, 128 pages.