The artist Chloé Beaulac, who was selected as part of the Photographic Missions to immortalize the Laurentian landscape, will be presenting the results of her explorations, “Ces lieux qui nous habitent,” (These Places That Inhabit Us) at the Centre d’exposition de Val-David from September 26, 2020, to January 4, 2021.
The multidisciplinary artist, who lives in Montérégie and in the Eastern Townships, traveled through the upper and lower Laurentians for a month in the fall of 2019, inspired by a sense of belonging to the area since her childhood. During her exploration residency within the immense territory, she stopped in close to forty different towns and villages. A true palimpsest, each of the resulting fabulous photographic works punctuates the roads traveled, reflected, imagined and reinvented while old memories defy the present.
Created by Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie in 2016 with the support of the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, and supported by Loto-Québec since 2019, the Photographic Missions consist in carrying out a photo series dedicated to the landscape of a Québec region. They will cover, between now and 2024, and given the necessary financing, the entirety of the Québec landscape. Rencontres also hopes that they will be used in a national photo archive collection.
The first Photographic Missions were undertaken in the Gaspé Peninsula by artists Sarah-A Tremblay and Jean-François Hamelin, and went on public display in 2017.
Chloé Beaulac’s exhibition will also be presented at the 12th Rencontres in the summer of 2021, in the Gaspé.
Photo credit : MONOLITHE, 2020, Chloé Beaulac