Montreal Emerging Photography Award: Artists discussion

Wednesday, April 25, starting at 5 p.m. It’s a potluck. You are welcome to bring drinks or a dish to share.

Winner of the Montreal Emerging Photography Award, Janie Julien-Fort and special mention recipient, Catherine Aboumrad will both be our guests for an exclusive happy hour chat, in which they will present the projects developed during their residency at L’imprimerie, as well as their respective art practices.

Janie Julien-Fort in residency

Janie Julien-Fort’s two-month residency at L’imprimerie gave her the opportunity to work on her next solo exhibition, which will be presented at Occurrence, espace d’art et d’essai contemporains next October. Thanks to this award, she also received mentoring from renowned artist Yann Pocreau, with whom she developed various presentation strategies for the exhibition space.

Janie’s work immerses us in the material aspects of photography as a medium, focusing on the dark room as a place of both infinite possibilities and forgotten moments. Developed during her residency, this project uses as raw material the often-overlooked photographic film leader, the tiny intervals between the part of the film burnt by the light and the first captured image. Over the years, the artist has collected several thousand of these small and unique artefacts, some featuring what appear to be mist-covered landscapes, or fragments of indecipherable writing.

Special mention recipient Catherine Aboumrad will be presenting Horizon, a project currently on display at La Castiglione gallery. Developed over several years on two continents, this body of works reflects the artist’s research on the notions of temporality and landscape.

Initiated by le Cabinet, espace de production photographique in 2015, and now taken on by L’imprimerie, the Award is presented in collaboration with Occurence espace d’art et d’essai contemporains, and Ciel Variable magazine. It is given in order to recognize, encourage, and accompany a local talent by offering meaningful assistance in the launching of a young artistic career. The recipient will receive an eight-week residency at L’imprimerie, mentoring from a professional artist, a production grant, a solo exhibition at Occurrence, an artist’s fee, and a one-year subscription to Ciel variable magazine. This second edition of the Award is funded in part by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Image : Catherine Aboumrad
Test en vue du projet Horizon, 2015

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