Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Haiti after the Earthquake by Benoit Aquin at Galerie Pangée

Exhibition Dates:September 8th to October 11th
Opening Reception: September 8th at 6pm
Location: Galerie Pangée, 40 Saint Paul Ouest, Montreal, 514-845-3368,

The Galerie Pangée is pleased to present Haïti after the Earthquake, a new photographic series by Benoit Aquin. This is Aquin’s second solo exhibition at the Galerie Pangée, following the success of the Chinese Dust Bowl and the group exhibition at the Passage de Retz in Paris organized in collaboration with Paris Photo, both in 2009.

Haïti after the Earthquake was exhibited this summer at the Musée de l'Elysée Lausanne (Switzerland) as part of Les Lauréats du Prix Pictet, which showcased the winners of the Prix Pictet. Benoît Aquin’s work on the Chinese Dust Bowl won the Prix Pictet 2008, the most prestigious photography award in the world and was part of an international touring exhibition. Aquin went to Haiti as a volunteer with the CECI (Centre for International Studies and Cooperation) immediately after the earthquake and went back for a second trip four months later.

The photographs in Haïti after the Earthquake bear witness to the human drama that unfolded after the catastrophy. By taking the photographs at dusk, Aquin was able to achieve a blue-grey aesthetic in all the photographs. The distinctive shade of grey reminds us of the sepia tone that pervaded Aquin’s images from the Chinese Dust Bowl.

Aquin is a contemporary artist whose works are recognised for their formal beauty and their documentary style, with attention devoted to detail and composition. His highly informed and articulate work addresses the ever shifting complexities of global concerns ranging from Nicaragua’s pesticide crimes, the melting ice flows in Northern Canada to China’s desertification disaster. Aquin is currently working on a project on the world food crisis.

In parallel, Aquin will be part of the group exhibition Haïti à vif which showcases photographs by 14 Quebecois photographers in Haiti.
The exhibition (September 3 – October 3, 2010) is at the Just for Laughs Museum in association with the internationally acclaimed World Press Photo exhibition.

Aquin’s work is part of private and public collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe, notably the permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts of Montréal’s, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec (Quebec City) and the National Archives of Canada. Aquin lives and works in Montreal where he is represented by the Galerie Pangée.

A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the photographs will be given to the CECI’s humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

RSVP: Margot Ross at margot@galeriepangee.com or 514.845.3368.

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