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The artists whose works are brought together here under the theme of ruins are interested in capturing the traces of a disappearing world, a world in which the evolution of the photographic image is symptomatic of a more fundamental transformation of culture and social values as a whole. Visit de Table of Contents and read excerpts from CV107.

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Chronicles of a Disappearance : Seeing What Disappears – Charles Guilbert

Chronicles of a Disappearance : Seeing What Disappears – Charles Guilbert

October 18, 2017 [originally published in French in CV92 in Fall 2012] — Sometimes, thanks to a curator’s insight, a group exhibition be comes a work of art in itself. This is the case for “Chronicles of a Disappearance,” in which John Zeppetelli not only presents five artworks of an extraordinary density but, in bringing them together, weaves networks of meaning that greatly strengthen each artwork.

Taryn Simon, Foiling the Truth: The Effects of the Real and Fictional in Documentary Photography – Mirna Boyadjian

Taryn Simon, Foiling the Truth: The Effects of the Real and Fictional in Documentary Photography – Mirna Boyadjian

October 16, 2017 [originally published in French in CV92 in Fall 2012] — Howard Becker wrote an essay called “Do Photographs Tell the Truth?” in 1986, and the question still seems pertinent. Although today we admit that the photographic image constitutes a (re)construction of the world and not a reproduction of reality, a certain legalistic conception of photographs tends to be maintained…

Paul Graham : In the Present – Alexis Desgagnés

Paul Graham : In the Present – Alexis Desgagnés

October 12, 2017 [originally published in French in CV92 in Fall 2012] — This spring, the Pace Gallery in New York, a temple to photography since the early 1980s, had a show of recent works by English photographer Paul Graham in one of its locations in the Chelsea neighbourhood. The Present, the works which have also been published in a book by the English publisher MACK, is the third part of a photographic trilogy begun at the turn of the century with American Night (1998–2002), followed by the ambitious series A Shimmer of Possibility (2004–06)…

Christian Marclay, The Clock – Louis Cummins

Christian Marclay, The Clock – Louis Cummins

October 2, 2017 [originally published in French in CV92 in Fall 2012] — You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

À louer / For Rent : UMA, various venues, Montreal – James D. Campbell

À louer / For Rent : UMA, various venues, Montreal – James D. Campbell

October 4, 2017 [originally published in CV92 in Fall 2012] — UMA, Montreal’s estimable Maison de l’image et de la photographie, has taken a valuable and highly laudatory initiative in seeking out vacant commercial spaces throughout Montreal and installing photographic works in their windows. What was once a forlorn blank slate of the inner city becomes a vibrant forum for the photographic image. The works remain on view until the spaces are rented or sold…


Excerpt from CV106 – Trees, Ice, and Clouds

Le livre photographique : un état des lieux – Mona Hakim [French]


Excerpt from CV104 – From Another Angle


Excerpt from CV106 – Trees, Ice, and Clouds

Leila Alaoui – Claudia Polledri


In Addition to CV105 – Montrealities

Jean-François LeBlanc. Revisiting Montreal’s Backstage at the End of a Century – Tema Stauffer

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