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Nuits blanches et chambres noires

Centre Culturel Canadien (Invalides)
September 26th, 2012 - October 26th, 2012

BESANT bed 9
Derek Michael Besant, "Restless Nights, Motel Bed #9", 2011
17. Nuits blanches et chambres noires, 2012
Michel Campeau, "Sans-titre 7987", La chambre noire, 2005-2009
Vidéo Nuit blanches et Chambres noires
Vidéo Nuit blanches, Derek Besant et Chambres noires, Michel Campeau, 2012. Vidéo par Vincent Royer, OpenUp Studio / Centre culturel canadien

Vernissage: Tuesday, September 25, 6–8:30 p.m. – Free admission

The Canadian Cultural Centre presents two exhibitions exploring different types of revelation: “Nuits blanches” by Calgary artist Derek Besant and “Chambres noires” by Quebec photographer Michel Campeau.

Derek Besant’s installation plunges the viewer into a mysterious realm in which supple “negative” images, empty motel rooms that look like crime scenes, become surfaces on which fantasies may be projected. A hybrid soundtrack, an intriguing mix of music, noise, and stories, immerses the visitor in an open-ended narrative.

Paradoxically, “Chambres noires” takes us into the now obsolete closed, secret spaces of the photo lab, where images used to be revealed in the dark. Fragments of darkrooms visited in Vietnam, Niger, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Germany, Belgium and France, the images are both intimate and transnational.

Presented as part of the “Semaine des Cultures Étrangères”. 

In partnership with Galerie Simon Blais (Montreal) and the Centre National des Arts Plastiques and with the support of the Rencontres d’Arles. 

Media partners : Exponaute / Le Journal des Arts


Centre Culturel Canadien (Invalides)
5, rue de Constantine, Paris

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