End of Line
Vaste et Vague Artist Center | 774 Boulevard Perron | Carleton-sur-Mer (Carleton sector)
Martin Becka, Paris (France) | martin.becka.pagesperso-orange.fr
Martin Becka traversed the Gaspé region following the trail of the railroad between the town of Gaspé and the Matapedia Valley. Using a view camera needing several hours for each shot, he shows us the route of that abandoned line, where present-day landscape and bygone architecture meet outside time.
He endeavors to capture buildings and architectures and to transfigure them in an esthetic with no temporal points of reference.
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End of Line
A French artist-photographer with a background in photojournalism, Martin Becka has for a number of years concerned involved himself with a photography inspired by such older techniques as the view camera.
Entering the fragile places of chaos
CHAOS reflects on a planetary environment undergoing profound change. Affecting both towns and nature, chaos operates in a more muted way in jeopardized areas: northern aboriginal territories captured by Elena Perlino and Éli Laliberté; tourism in India, by Martin Parr; accelerated urbanization in Brooklyn studied by Mathilde Forest and Mathieu Gagnon; or in the Gaspé Peninsula, the marks of a long-gone mining operation or a railroad documented by Myriam Gaumond and Martin Becka. Together, they are all revealing of those threats that pervade the landscape and the existence of each one of us today.