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Michel Huneault

Country(activity based):
Canada
Genre:
Visual Art

Profile

Graduated from Graduate Certificate, Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, UC Berkeley, USA in 2004.

Recent 5 main activities (personal exhibitions, group exhibitions, concerts) are

- Intersection, Circuit Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2017 (solo)

- Post Tohoku, Rencontre photographique du Kamouraska, Kamouraska, Canada, 2017 (solo)

- Balade pour la paix, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, Canada, 2017 (group)

- Post Mégantic, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, North Carolina, USA, 2016 (solo)

- Views from Tohoku, Images Vevey, Vevey, Switzwerland, 2016 (solo)


Awards and recognitions received include:

- R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship, Canada, 2016

- Dorothea Lange - Paul Taylor Prize, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke, USA, 2015

- Portfolio Review Exhibition Award, CONTACT Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2014


Before devoting myself full time to documentary photography in 2008, I worked for over ten years in the international development field. My practice - often mixing photography with audio/video elements - focuses on development and humanitarian issues, on personal and collective traumas, and on complex geographies.

About works / performance

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Onagawa no2, 2015, 61 x 92 cm, inkjet print, Post Tohoku

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Odaka no2, 2012, 61 x 92 cm, inkjet print, Post Tohoku

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Kesennuma, 2015, 61 x 92 cm, inkjet print, Post Tohoku

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Yokohama no1, 2012, 61 x 92 cm, inkjet print, Photo-Haikus and other urban landscapes

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Tokyo no 1, 2012, 61 x 92 cm, inkjet print, Photo-Haikus and other urban landscapes

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Nara, 2012, 61 x 92 cm, inkjet print, Photo-Haikus and other urban landscapes

Comment

I my practice, I am concerned about the same thematics on which I worked and research in my previous professional career: development and humanitarian issues, personal and collective traumas, and complex geographies. In Japan, this includes looking at the relationship between modernity and nature in cities, but also in more rural and coastal areas, like Tohoku. In my documentation, I mix photography with audio and video elements – sometime of immersive nature. I believe in using the rigor and ethics of journalistic methods and expending it within an artistic context, balancing data and facts with subjective experiences, and questioning our expectations of what a “document” should be.
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