March 25 - April 20, 2015

IN MONTREAL — 6345, boul. Saint-Laurent H2S 3C3

Le naufrage

Charles-Frédérick Ouellet

Charles-Frédérick Ouellet – Le naufrage

Opening: Wednesday, April 1st 2015, at 5pm

For more information: 514 272.4299

Lacerte art contemporain (Montréal) is proud to present the recent photographs of the artist Charles-Frédérick Ouellet, gathered under the title Le naufrage.

With this exhibition, Charles-Frédérick Ouellet plunges us into the daily life of the men of the sea who work along the coasts of the St. Lawrence River. In the form of a photographic investigation located at the edge of the documentary, Ouellet presents a dark story that evokes the imprint that this natural element in perpetual movement, of a blind force, leaves on the people and the places that Surround it.

Still in the idea of ​​striking a bridge between present and past – and conscious that by definition, photography is subject to capturing “bits of reality”, that it can exist only in the form of documents that Past, and therefore time – this process prompts Ouellet to produce images that reveal, as a palimpsest, a “second degree”; Poetic images detached from any purely descriptive intention, attempting to testify to the presence of places which bear ancient marks, even invisible, to suggest them.

With this series, Ouellet transports us in this universe where man and nature haunt each other. Through his works, he wants to capture the grip that the sea exerts on people and thus, to stage a personal vision of a world marked by elements and by time.

Charles-Frédérick Ouellet lives and works in Quebec City. His photographic work is the result of an alliance between a documentary approach and an artistic practice closer to the author’s essay. The result offers raw and dark images, a contemplative photograph, on a visual narrative frame. In 2009 he received a scholarship to work in Paris as a trainee for the Agence Magnum Photos as well as for the home of photographers Signatures. On his return to Québec, he co-founded the collective KAHEM.

Charles-Frédérick Ouellet — Learn more about the artist