Serge Allaire,
Exhibit Curator at Nouvelle


Album de famille
(Family Album)

Parc national de Miguasha | Reception Pavilion
231, route Miguasha Ouest
August 6 to September 30, 2017

Serge Allaire (curator), Montreal, Québec

A specialist in the 1960s, Serge Allaire has collaborated on catalogues published in the framework of a number of events and exhibitions.

Among these may be mentioned the Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Une tradition documentaire? Quelle tradition? Quel documentaire? (Vox Populi, 1993); Michel Saint-Jean, photographe (Galerie de l’UQAM, 1997); Taller: objet-vêtement (Maison de la culture Maisonneuve, Montreal, 2010); and Boarding Pass, a retrospective of Serge Emmanuel Jongué (Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, 2011). He has also collaborated on several publications: Montréal au xxe siècle: Regards de photographes, Les Éditions de l’Homme, 1995; Les arts au Québec dans les années soixante, tome II, VLB éditeur, 1993; and John Max: Quelque chose suit son cours / John Max, Something Is Taking its Place, Musée de la photographie à Charleroi, Belgium, 1997.

He recently did a research residency on the theme of the photobook at Artexte, an information and documentation center in Montreal, and is currently the holder of a grant from the Canadian Photography Institute in Ottawa. He is preparing an exhibition on the practice of Polaroid in Québec.


Album de famille
(Family Album)

The idea behind Album de famille was to sketch a story of the day-to-day lives of residents of the Gaspé based on their photo albums. The man behind the project, Serge Allaire, curator and specialist in photography, composed a history in pictures of Gaspesian culture covering several generations in collaboration with the citizens of the regional county municipality of Avignon. Invited to participate in order to reconstruct the daily life and the photographic memory of the region, the families delivered personal archives stretching from 1900 to 2017, a mix of prints and digital images. The exhibit illustrates different aspects of day-to-day living: social rituals (from birth to death), celebrations, sports, work and professional life. A first phase of the exhibition is devoted to the object of the album itself, then to a selection of 15 to 20 pictures from among the most significant, reproduced individually and displayed with the reproduction of the album.