Léna Mill-Reuillard
in Gaspésie National Park



Near the Discovery and Service Center| Gaspésie National Park

Léna Mill-Reuillard, Montreal, Québec | lenamillreuillard.com

Working with images, whether photographic, videographic or cinematic, Léna Mill-Reuillard holds a bachelor’s degree in cinema and a master’s degree in visual and media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Her work has been presented in Montreal, Québec City, Sherbrooke, in the Gaspé and in New Brunswick. In 2015 she was selected for a PRIM-DAZIBAO production-dissemination residency. It was there that she created the video installation Machinari, for which she won the 2016 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec award for a work by a member of the rising generation in Montreal.

At the same time, a number of films she has taken part in as director of photography have made their way to festivals around the world and taken prizes as well (La coupe: Short Film Jury Award, International Fiction, Sundance Film Festival 2014; Mes nuits feront écho : Bright Future Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017).



The video installation Machinari invites us on a journey. Léna Mill-Reuillard has conceived a visual trajectory in which each tableau shot becomes a window, opening a breach into another reality. The artist thwarts the viewer’s gaze and performs various manipulations with the image that seek to give effect to the photograph; together they make up a resistance to the immateriality of the digital process. The images in movement form not so much a narrative as space-time superimposition, one that oscillates slowly between disappearance and unveiling.

Machinari opens the door to a reflection on the movement of images. The work presents a temporality belonging neither to photography nor to video, but developing rather a duration particular to the work itself. By taking the stage herself and carrying out various physical manipulations with the photographic surface, the artist creates a singular back-and-forth between fixity and movement, between fictional space and real space, drawing new reference points between the tangible and the image.