Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras
in Percé (Bonaventure Island)



Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park | Percé
The island being accessible solely by boat, each day ferries operated by private entrepreneurs offer crossings to it, at different times, leaving from the Percé dock.
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Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras, Montreal, Québec |

Living and working in Montreal, Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras join their efforts in producing photographic works that inspire and bear witness to social realities.

They use a computer to manipulate images in order to create subjective worlds that highlight the narrative dimension of the photographic image. Both from the technical and interpersonal points of view they raise questions about the objectivity of the documentary as well as about the photographic medium’s relationship to reality.

In 2015 they received residency grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in Colombia and Mexico. In the summer of 2014 they presented the Story Gatherers installation at Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie.

In the summer of 2013 they took part in the Noorderlicht Photofestival in Groningen, Holland. In 2012 they received first prize at the 18th Latin American Documentary Photography Competition in Colombia. Since 2009 they have executed photographic murals on the theme of identity in Montreal. They have over 40 exhibits to their credit, in Québec, elsewhere in Canada and Latin America. They have been published in the magazines Inter (issue 118) and Ciel Variable (issues 90 and 94).

Exhibit at rencontres


During a creation residency in Percé in the spring of 2014, the two artists grew interested in Bonaventure Island and its history. Seeking out former residents of the island, today transformed into a national park, the artists examined the past based on the stories that people related to them. Through those accounts they explored and interpreted the life of this circumscribed, limited and isolated space…

Their Story Gatherers installation, created for the 2014 Rencontres, is being remounted for the 2015 edition. On the banks of Percé, visitors can hear historical anecdotes about life on the island while looking at the same island through a telescope. Silhouettes can be seen that reflect the stories heard.