Raymonde April Les Fleuves invisibles/Invisible Rivers
17 April – 6 June 1999

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

For more than twenty years now, Québec artist Raymonde April has been capturing on film the passing moments of the people and places that surround her. The exhibition Raymonde April: Les Fleuves invisibles/Invisible Rivers proposes a re-reading of the oeuvre as an interdependent whole.

With a documentary code of aesthetics, but a poet's ability to imbue the unpretentious with mystery and meaning, from the beginning April has demonstrated a clear artistic vision. She uses narrative and personal experience to examine the subjects of figure, landscape and familiar objects in her photographs. The work evokes associations between the intimate and the prosaic, autobiographical testimonial and record, transforming everyday scenes and characters into fragile and highly individual experiences. The works take up issues of the presence of the body, the notion of alter-ego and the progressive blurring of self-representation.

Raymonde April: Les Fleuves invisibles/Invisible Rivers not only pays homage to a photographer whose wealth of vocabulary remains uncontested, but signals the acuity of a certain vision cast upon beings and things that transforms our relationship to the world.

Organized and circulated by the Musée d'art de Joliette, Québec.

Curated by Nicole Gingra