Benoit Aquin immerses himself in his daily life and that of the communities he encounters. He tries to convey this long time, which is foreign to the spectacularization of the exotic or the “on the spot”. Instead, the poetic rhythm of his work lies in the repetition of colored motifs, the superimposition of flat surfaces and the interplay of textures. A study of his photographic corpus reveals our environmental missteps, technological meanderings, and our remaining ability to commune with nature.
The series The Chinese “Dust Bowl” received the prestigious Prix Pictet. Among his exhibitions let us highlight the ones at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (1994); Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (1996); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008); Musée de l’Élisée, Lausanne (2010); Museum of Photographic Arts, Sans Diego (2011); McCord Museum, Montréal (2013); Somerset House, London (2013); Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (2013 and 2015); FotoDock, Holland (2014); Mouravieff-Apostol House & Museum (2016); as well as his participation in Mois de la Photo à Montréal (1993, 1997, 2003); the Canadian Biennial of the National Gallery of Canada (2012, 2017); and the Rencontres d’Arles in France (1991, 2014).