Maryse Goudreau
in Nouvelle, Escuminac and Miguasha


Les cabanes devraient toujours être belles
(Huts should always be beautiful)

Photo tour between l’Éperlan rest area (1 Route de la Pointe-à-Fleurant, Escuminac) and Petite École (150 Route 132, Nouvelle) and one artwork in Miguasha National Park (231 Route de Miguasha Ouest, Nouvelle)

Maryse Goudreau, Escuminac, the Gaspé |

Maryse Goudreau’s work brings together processes from photography, archive, video, intervention and the participatory.

Through a hybrid approach, she endeavors to free images from their static relationship with an official history, to create narrative, literary spaces. She is currently creating an interactive photo essay for the National Film Board with Innu poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine. Her most recent project, Festival du tank d’Escuminac – Première et dernière édition, is a participatory work that currently lives between the forms of a documentary and an art film. Her latest exhibits have been held at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal and at the Centro de arte contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana, Cuba. Her work can be found in numerous collections, including that of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

Maryse Goudreau is the winner of the Prix à la création artistique from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec pour la Gaspésie.


Les cabanes devraient toujours être belles
(Huts should always be beautiful)

The photo essay Les cabanes devraient toujours être belles plays out in the form of billboards that cover more than 20 kilometers of the road that runs along the Miguasha peninsula and the Pointe à Fleurant. In winter, as you drive along that route, you can make out shacks for smelt fishing, most especially at the halte de l’Éperlan. The photographs of huts are puzzling, because they do not come from the territory. Rather, these are shots of beach huts on the island of Noirmoutier, in Vendée, France, where the photographer did an exchange residency with the Vendée photographer Camille Hervouet. Les cabanes devraient toujours être belles is intended as a bearer of exchanges on constructions that go up in the landscape, here as elsewhere.