2018, a year of success of a new experience of photography in the Gaspé Peninsula

2018, a year of success of a new experience of photography in the Gaspé Peninsula


The 9th Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie are winding up after a hectic season of activities and exhibits. With the idea of a new experience of photography in the open air, dozens of initiatives brought together photography, artists and the public in a one-of-a-kind region: the Gaspé.

“From Guantanamo to the North Shore by way of Kazakhstan, Rencontres offers discoveries as varied as they are unusual” La Presse+
“Alternating between position-taking and poetry, the works presented open up a dialogue on humans; on their impact on the world…” Jean-Sébastien Scraire (Héliographe)
“More than a simple visit, this was a collective experience nourished by fabulous encounters and discoveries” Mirna Boyadjian (esse.ca)



Over 100,000 estimated visitors had a chance to discover works presented on site in various forms at the heart of the Gaspé landscape.





On August 16, 17 and 18, more than 15 events offered unique opportunities for artists, media representatives and the public to gather together around creation: nighttime screenings of films, reading-performance, discussions with CHAOS artists, exhibit vernissage, nighttime strolls…




In 2018, seven artists  were hosted in the Gaspé: young artists and international photographers from Québec and elsewhere traveled the peninsula to create a place where art invites people to set off and discover the region. For the first time, Rencontres set up a design residency with the aim of creating a multipurpose exhibit pavilion, which will be inaugurated in 2019 for the 10th-anniversary edition. Youri Cayron et Romain Rivalan | Anne-Marie Proulx  | Isabelle Gagné | François Quévillon | Cadieux+Éthier

J’ai eu envie d’explorer le rapport que les femmes peuvent avoir avec le territoire” Anne-Marie Proulx (interview Le Soleil)
Je cherchais à créer un nouveau regard sur le paysage québécois” sabelle Gagné  (interview ICI-Radio-Canada)




Since 2015, Rencontres has been providing visibility, unique in Québec, to the photobook as an art object. This year, several events provided the public access to works devoted to Québec and international photographers: ___inauguration of the public collection: donation of 140 books to the Bibliothèque de Carleton-sur-Mer___Photobook Club de Montréal: evening hosted by Jean-François Hamelin and Josée Schryer___Exhibition: the 2018 photobook.

Publication of  Petite-Vallée by Claudia Imbert, text by Luc Plamondon, co-published with Filigrane Éditions and Diaphane Éditions.

The Focus Québec event will be showcasing 16 Québec-published books during Paris Photo at Éditions LOCO, under the curatorship of Serge Allaire. For the occasion, photographers Michel Campeau and Charles-Frédérick Ouellet will be on hand to do an autograph session. Launch: Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 5 p.m.
Bookshop LOCO: 6 rue de Montmorency | 75003 Paris | France | November 7 to 16, 2018




Running throughout the year, satellite activities make it possible to carry on with introducing the event in Québec, in both the Gaspé region and beyond. In Québec and elsewhere our partners have hosted events, exhibits and artists that make photography a permanent meeting place without walls: hosting of Youri Cayron and Romain in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Québec City – Montreal Office; launch of the 9th Rencontres in partnership with Occurrence; 2 artists at Photaumnales  in partnership with Diaphane;  Elena Perlino satellite exhibits ; in partnership with Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montreal and the Conseil de la nation innu de Matimékush-Lac John.

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