"Lucidity. Inward Views" is the theme proposed by Anne-Marie Ninacs for the 12th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, which will be held from September 8th to October 9th, 2011. For the occasion, 25 solo exhibitions will be spread throughout Montreal transforming the city into a vast and coherent group show.
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal in collaboration with OPTICA, a centre for contemporary art will feature the work of Canadian photographer Raymonde April. Through a selection of previously unpresented images, the artist opens a window into her own private universe – one to which she constantly returns to, subjecting her life and identity to her singular gaze.
Since the late 1970’s, Raymonde April has been recognized for skillfully balancing her photographic practice at the confluence of documentary, autobiography, and fiction. An insatiable lover of people, landscapes, stories, objects, and other apparently ordinary things that form identity, she constantly returns to the same sites, and the same subjects, in order to fully understand and revisit herself. For more than fifteen years, her work has led her to regularly reinterpret her own photographic archives. And this is exactly what she has done here by examining these archives in the light of the notion of self-representation, upon the request of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. The result is a composite self-portrait made of a number of previously unseen prints and brand-new images.
Raymonde April was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1953. She lives in Montreal, where she has taught photography at Concordia University for more than twenty-five years. Her work has circulated widely in Canada and Europe. She has obtained numerous prestigious awards and honours, including the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas (2003) and the Order of Canada (2010).
Source : Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal's newsletter (April 14th, 2011)