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Here, we offer two contrasting readings – by Cheryl Simon and Michel Hardy Vallée – of SCUMB Manifesto, a bold and radical project by Justine Kurland. The book was inspired by Valerie Solanas’s 1967 work SCUM Manifesto (SCUM being an acronym for Society for Cutting Up Men).

Brian Merrett has taken a deep dive into his early years of practice, and here he presents photographs taken in 1972, during his “grand tour” of Europe. This formative trip consolidated his activist’s eye and his interest in architectural heritage, which he had developed in Montreal and which would endure throughout his career.

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A new publication has been added to the online section devoted to documentary photography. Read Ray Cronin’s essay on James Wilson’s work in portraits.

In the thematic dossier of this issue, we have gathered the works of Justine Kurland, Chun Hua Catherine Dong and Pierre Blache. Through their photographs of rural or urban places, these artists in constant displacement leads us to take the measure of the world.

CV121 - Déambulations | Wanderings

Increasing numbers of large-scale exhibitions – of photography and contemporary art – held on an annual basis or at longer intervals, are punctuating the art seasons in Quebec, Canada, and abroad. In this new section, we are pleased to offer views of these events more flexibly. Discover it by reading what captured two of our collaborators’ attention at the Venice Biennale and at the Rencontres d’Arles.

In the pages of its magazine as well as on its website, Ciel variable pays a lot of attention to books dedicated to photography and particularly to photobooks. But what distinguishes a photobook from other books about photography? The panelists answer this question by discussing the relevance of these publications in a world where print has not said its last word. Round table discussion (held in French) presented by Ciel Variable at the 2022 Papier Art Fair.

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Taysir Batniji, Home Away From Home — Michèle Hadria

Taysir Batniji, Home Away From Home — Michèle Hadria

[Winter 2019] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

Raqs Media Collective, Everything Else Is Ordinary — Ariane Noël De Tilly

Raqs Media Collective, Everything Else Is Ordinary — Ariane Noël De Tilly

[Winter 2019] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

PHOS 2018 — Claire Moeder

PHOS 2018 — Claire Moeder

[Winter 2019] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

Regards critiques et nouvelle photographie — James D. Campbell

Regards critiques et nouvelle photographie — James D. Campbell

November 9, 2022 [originally published in CV111 in Winter 2019] — This compelling exhibition of the works of Isabelle Hayeur, Thomas Kneubühler, Jean-François Lemire, Valerian Mazataud, and Andreas Rutkauskas was notable for the trenchant criticality of its thematic engagement with sundry social and environmental issues…

L’imaginaire radical : le contrat social — Daniel Fiset

L’imaginaire radical : le contrat social — Daniel Fiset

[Winter 2019] This article was originally published only in French. You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

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