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Raymonde April
From September 9th 2011 to October 15th 2011
Mon regard est net comme un tournesol

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, in collaboration with Optica, a centre for contemporary art, present the exhibition My Glance Is Clear Like a Sunflower by Raymonde April. Lucidity. Inward Views is the theme proposed by Anne-Marie Ninacs for the 12th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, which will be held from September 8 to October 9, 2011. For the occasion, 25 solo exhibitions will be spread throughout Montreal transforming the city into a vast and coherent group show.

Raymonde April has been recognized since the late 1970s for her photographic practice, inspired by her private life, which she skillfully balances at the confluence of documentary, autobiography, and fiction. An insatiable lover of people, landscapes, stories, objects, and other apparently ordinary things that form identity, she constantly returns to the same sites, and the same subjects, in order to understand her own inner life. For more than fifteen years, this work has also led her to regularly reinterpret her own photographic archives. And this is what she has done here, upon the request of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, by examining these archives in the light of the notion of self-representation. The resulting composite self-portrait is made of a number of previously unseen prints and brand-new images.

Anne-Marie Ninacs

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Guided tour by Raymonde April on Saturday, October 1st at 2pm (in French only). Free activity organised for the Journées de la culture.

Mois de la Photo à Montréal Les Journées de la culture

The artist wishes to thank her models/subjects, family and friends, her collaborators Andreas Rutkauskas, Clare Samuel, Noémie Da Silva, Martin Schop, as well as curator Anne-Marie Ninacs and Le Mois de la photo à Montréal.

This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University's Faculty of Fine Arts, and Hexagram, Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies.

Raymonde April's work is mentioned in two published articles by Jerôme Delgado (Mois de la Photo 2011 - Regards introspectifs et prise de conscience collective, Le Devoir, 25 août 2011 and Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011 - Chercheurs de lucidité, Le Devoir, September 3rd, 2011), as well as on Jörg Colberg's blog (Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011 (part 2), Conscientious, October 5th, 2011). She is also briefly acknowledged in Nightlife (Le Mois de la photo à Montréal: 4 tendances lourdes, September 19th, 2011) and Canadian Art (Mois de la Photo: Into the Deeps). My Glance Is Clear Like a Sunflower constitutes one of four exhibitions recommended by Nicolas Mavrikakis in Mois de la Photo 2011 : L'image ouverte? (Voir, September 15th, 2011) and is one of Damien Fière's three major favorites ("coup de coeur majeur" : Le «moi» de la photo, regardemontreal, September 22nd, 2011).

« Inward Bound : Le mois de la Photo Opens 12th Edition », Newsfront, Canadian Art, vol.28, no.3, Fall/ Sept. 2011, p.26.

« Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal », Photo Solution, vol.4, no.5, September 2011, p.10.

Mathilde Roy, « Lentille lucide », Magazine Cinéplex, vol.10, no. 8, September 2011, p.11.

Katrie Chagnon, « Le Mois de la Photo, Divers lieu, 8 septembre – 9 octobre 2011 », Art Press, no.383, November 2012, p.24.

René Viau, « Lucidité. Vues de l’intérieur / Lucidity. Inward Views », Ciel Variable, no.90, p. 60-65.

James D. Cambell, Le Mois de la Photo – Various venues, Montreal, Canada, Frieze, no.145, March 2012, p.164.

Jonas Cuenin, Raymonde April, La lettre de la photographie, September 8th 2011.

Beverly Akerman, April’s Mois de la Photo, Concordia community, 21 September 2011.

Elena Potter, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal , Magenta Magazine Online, (Toronto), vol.2, no. 4, fall 2011.

Marek Grygiel, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Fototapeta (Varsovie, Pologne), January 2012.

Entrevue radiophonique :
Geneviève Breuleux, « Entrevue avec Anne-Marie Ninacs », pour l’émission In Situ, CIBL Radio-Montréal 101,5 FM, September 18th 2011.

Raymonde April was born in 1953 in Moncton, New Brunswick. She lives and works in Montreal. She has gained a large following in Canadian photography circles. Her work has been shown widely in Canada and Europe and she has had major solo exhibitions, including at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (1986), the Musée d’art de Joliette (1997), and the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (2001). In 2010, Équivalences was presented jointly at the Occurrence, Les Territoires, and Donald Browne galleries in Montreal. April has received the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas (2003), the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography (2005), and the Order of Canada (2010). She is represented by Donald Browne Gallery in Montreal.