The Wind Has Fallen
Rest stop | 400 Boulevard Perron Ouest | Caplan
Myrian Gaumond, Montreal (Québec) | myriamgaumond.com
Myriam Gaumond set off to find the town of Murdochville and its inhabitants, who like so many others in Québec have experienced the disappearance of their sole economic generator. Growing up in the 1950s around a mining operation, the town enjoyed development and then went through an economic decline connected to that of the mine. When it closed, drastic change dramatically affected day-to-day life, work and the social environment, threatening the town with disappearance.
Between past and present, The Wind has Fallen creates a link between photos of the town of today and personal shots sent to the artist by citizens of Murdochville. The photographs pass through this place and these times between prosperity and chaos, inviting us to go along with them as they walk through the doors of houses and revisit the memories that dwell in them. The traces of the past are perceptible in silence under the snow, close to abandoned buildings and unoccupied land. In these current images, where the human element is lacking, sleeps the anonymous voice of Murdochville, and with it the echo of the other single-industry towns that have suffered the effects of the same decisions beyond their control.
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The Wind Has Fallen
Myriam Gaumond devotes her photographic work to social and physical territories undergoing change in Québec, between archive and contemporary image in connection with those territories.
An artist from Québec City now a resident of Montreal, she has presented her work in various collective exhibitions, and her series Le vent est tombé was displayed as the mockup of a book at the Montreal gallery La Castiglione in 2017.
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.