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Benoit Aquin

Benoit Aquin La pyramide (série Mégantic) 2013 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
La pyramide (série Mégantic)
2013
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 5 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Benoit Aquin Passage à niveau (série Mégantic), 2013 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
Passage à niveau (série Mégantic), 2013
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 5 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Benoit Aquin Zone d’exclusion (série Mégantic) 2013 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
Zone d’exclusion (série Mégantic)
2013
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 5 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Benoit Aquin La rivière Chaudière le 20 août 2013 (série Mégantic) 2013 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
La rivière Chaudière le 20 août 2013 (série Mégantic)
2013
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 5 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Benoit Aquin : Mégantic photographié [exposition_exhibition], 2015,  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Commissaire_curator: Diane Charbonneau Montréal, Canada

Benoit Aquin : Mégantic photographié [exposition_exhibition], 2015,
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Commissaire_curator: Diane Charbonneau
Montréal, Canada

Artist Statement

For twenty-five years, Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin has travelled the world, poignantly documenting the struggle between humans and their natural environment. His practice strikes a masterful balance between documentary photography and contemporary art, negotiating the tension between disciplines and formal vocabularies and shedding light on ecological and humanitarian crisis, within the tradition of socially engaged photography.

Aquin’s practice avoids the aesthetics and narrativity of travel photography, instead using discrete compositions, rapid and instinctual framing, natural lighting or, contrarily, that generated by a flash. He captures the daily life of the communities he meets making visible the time he’s invested, resisting the spectacle of exoticism and the banality of snapshots. His practice relies instead on the repetition of colour motifs and the superimposing of surfaces and textures. Benoit Acquin reveals what lies beneath the catastrophes he witnesses, with all their intensity and disturbing beauty.

Benoit Aquin has documented, among other subjects, the effects of global warming in Northern Québec and Canada (2005-2006), reconstruction efforts in South East Asia after the 2004 tsunami (2004-2005), the Chinese “Dust Bowl” (2005-2007), food shortages on the banks of the Nile in Egypt (2007), and the return of daily life in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake (2010-2012). His most recent series of photographs, which will be exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2015, explores the human and environmental trauma inflicted on Lac-Mégantic in Québec’s Eastern Townships – a town devastated by the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil in July 2013.

Benoit Aquin L’envolée (Haïti) 2010 Impression numérique à pigments niveau archive  Archival pigment print Éd. 2 : 51 x 76 cm (20

Benoit Aquin
L’envolée (Haïti)
2010
Impression numérique à pigments niveau archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 2 : 51 x 76 cm (20″ x 30”)
Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36”)
Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)

Benoit Aquin Carnaval VIII, Jacmel (Haiti) 2011 Impression numérique à pigments niveau archive  Archival pigment print Éd. 7 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
Carnaval VIII, Jacmel (Haiti)
2011
Impression numérique à pigments niveau archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 7 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 5 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Biography

Since 1998, after his studies at the New England School of Photography in Boston, Benoit Aquin has participated in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, France, Switzerland, Holland, Spain, Greece, Germany, China, UK, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. 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). His works have been reproduced in many magazines throughout the world, among which Time MagazineCanadian GeographicThe GuardianFoto8Canadian ArtWalrus MagazineL’actualité and Art Forum. He has also participated in the publishing of over a dozen press stories, monographs or photographic essays in order to share his environmental and humanitarian concerns with a broad public.

The series The Chinese “Dust Bowl” received the National Magazine Award Silver Medal for Photojournalism and Photo Essays as well as the prestigious Prix Pictet. Benoit Aquin was also the recipient of the Prix Antoine-Desilets (2006), the Canadian National Newspaper Award (2007) and the Grand Prix Lux (2007).

Benoit Aquin’s works are part of the collections, among others, of the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Canada Council Art Bank; Banque Pictet, Geneva; Mouvement Desjardins; Banque Nationale; Caisse de Dépôt; Hydro-Québec; One Drop Foundation; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; and the François Pinault collection. Benoit Aquin is represented by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.

Benoit Aquin La motocyclette, Mongolie Intérieure (série Le Dust Bowl chinois) The Motorcycle, Interior Mongolia (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 7 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
La motocyclette, Mongolie Intérieure (série Le Dust Bowl chinois)
The Motorcycle, Interior Mongolia (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 7 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 5 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Benoit Aquin Genghis Khan, Mongolie (série Le Dust Bowl chinois) Genghis Khan, Mongolia (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24

Benoit Aquin
Genghis Khan, Mongolie (série Le Dust Bowl chinois)
Genghis Khan, Mongolia (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36”)
Éd. 7 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)

Benoit Aquin Tempête à Hongsibao, Chine (série Le Dust Bowl chinois) Storm in Hongsibao, China (The Chinese Dust Bowl) 2007 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32

Benoit Aquin
Tempête à Hongsibao, Chine (série Le Dust Bowl chinois)
Storm in Hongsibao, China (The Chinese Dust Bowl)
2007
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)
Éd. 7 : 101 x 152 cm (40″ x 60″)

Benoit Aquin Tempête à Hongsibao, Ningxi (série Le Dust Bowl chinois) Storm in Hongsibao, Ningxi (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24

Benoit Aquin
Tempête à Hongsibao, Ningxi (série Le Dust Bowl chinois)
Storm in Hongsibao, Ningxi (The Chinese Dust Bowl), 2006
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 5 : 61 x 91 cm (24″ x 36”)
Éd. 7 ; 81 x 122 cm (32″ x 48″)

Prix Pictet : une rétrospective [exposition_exhibition], 2016 Musée Mouravieff-Apostol et Musée d'art multimédia de Moscou Moscou, Russie

Prix Pictet : une rétrospective [exposition_exhibition], 2016
Musée Mouravieff-Apostol et Musée d’art multimédia de Moscou
Moscou, Russie

Benoit Aquin L’origine du monde (série La chasse) The Origin of the World (The Hunt) 2002 Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive Archival pigment print Éd. 6 : 74 x 91 cm (29

Benoit Aquin
L’origine du monde (série La chasse)
The Origin of the World (The Hunt)
2002
Impression numérique à pigments de qualité archive
Archival pigment print
Éd. 6 : 74 x 91 cm (29″ x 36”)