8th edition | Reference points: portraits and society

8th edition | Reference points: portraits and society


The 8th edition of Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie will run from mid-July to September 30, 2017, on the theme Reference points: portraits and society. The exhibits and installations of 25 Québec and international artists will be presented both in the open air and indoors at some 20 sites in 14 municipalities and two national parks in the Gaspé Peninsula. A photographer tour will offer 3 days of get-togethers and events with the artists, from August 17 (opening night) to 20.


The event will map 24 reference points at the heart of the Gaspé region that serve as invitations to produce a portrait of our individual and collective identities. It will offer an overview through the eyes of artists who mobilize the countryside, as well as a portrait to provide new outlines of what it is that fashions our identities. Unlike the media representations and impersonal data that strive to confine us, the works selected here address the environment, the region and the human presence with the aim of tracing other reference points in them without withdrawing into a fixed vision of society. Bringing current practices in photography and video to bear, these different views draw together the familiar and the distant, the ordinary and the unknown, drawing out from each fact, action and place all their individuality in the face of the attempts at globalization and standardization of what surrounds us.



Reference points: portraits and society will bring together 15 artists from Québec and elsewhere in Canada and 10 artists from around the world across an area of more than 800 kilometers. Over a period of two and a half months, Rencontres is offering the public more than 30 initiatives on the subject of current photography: exhibits, a photographer tour, discussions, a participatory project, artists in residence, publications, and inauguration of a permanent work.


15 artists from Québec and the rest of Canada

Sara A.Tremblay

Jessica Auer

Thomas Bouquin

Lynne Cohen

Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras

Rosalie Favell

Yan Giguère

Jean-François Hamelin

Suzanne Lauzon and Joanne Morency

Léna Mill-Reuillard

Normand Rajotte

Guillaume Simoneau

Geneviève Thibault

10 international artists

Anita Andrzejewska (Poland)

Jan Banning (Holland)

Steven B. Smith (United States)

Alexandra Demenkova (Russia)

Camille Hervouet (France)

Délio Jasse (Angola)

Daniel Seiffert (Germany)

Ambroise Tézenas (France)

Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti (France/Italy)

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