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Benoit Aquin: Mégantic in Pictures
MONTREAL  •  Mégantic in Pictures  •  18 February - 24 May 2015

Montreal photographer Benoit Aquin is concerned with climatic catastrophes, as evidenced by his series Tsunami (2004) executed in Indonesia, and Haiti (2010-2011). Environmental disasters are also among his concerns: global warming in Quebec’s Far North (2005) and the food crisis in Egypt in 2007. In 2008 he won the prestigious Prix Pictet for the images in his series The Chinese ‘Dust Bowl (2006-2007).

benoit aquin Exclusion Zone - Fence
Benoit Aquin:  Fence. The exclusion zone

To illustrate the competition’s subject – water – he chose to depict drought resulting from human activity. In this regard, it is not surprising that he was drawn to the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic. The exhibition Mégantic in Pictures features forty photographs that reveal the photographer’s empathy with his subject. Thirteen photographs from this series – which are being exhibited in Canada for the first time – were presented last summer at the Rencontres d’Arles as part of a retrospective of the four winners of the Prix Pictet. The photograph Exclusion Zone from the series Mégantic was selected by The Guardian as one of the fifteen best images in this annual festival of photography.

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Kristopher Karklin:&nbsp;<EM>Backyard (Daytime)</EM>, 2013 Inkjet print, 36 inches x 54 inches
Kristopher Karklin: Backyard (Daytime), 2013
Inkjet print, 36 inches x 54 inches
Kristopher Karklin
CALGARY  •  Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Calgary  •  20 March - 2 May 2015

Kristopher Karklin shows a new series of digital prints, expanding on his experiences living in the work camps near his hometown of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with a new focus on the external landscape.

Karklin creates photographs of human figures in simulated spaces through a laborious process combining sculpture and digital manipulation. In this series, the vastness of the Alberta landscape is contained and presented as an interior. Confinement and conflict become part of the narrative that unfolds with the figures he situates in these spaces. Influenced by the work of contemporary artists Thomas Demand, Jeff Wall, David Hockney and Eric Fischl among others, Karklin’s works resemble human experiences both familiar and surreal, stemming from his own memories.

Born in Manitoba in 1983, Kristopher Karklin grew up in rural Northern Alberta and completed his BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2007. Karklin has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the 2007 ACAD Board of Governor’s Award and the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award for Emerging Artists.

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Barbara Edwards Contemporary, Calgary
1114 11 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2R 1P1




Tel: (1) 587 349 20 14

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