Exhibition Report Benoit Aquin, Untitled – From The Series “L’odyssée”, 1997, Print 2003, Ink Jet Print, 1/5, Montréal Museum Of Fine Arts

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The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts presents 11 photographers who have taken photographs since the 1970’s. Each photographer has his own space in the exhibition for approximately fifteen of his photographs, mainly in black and white framed with a light brown frame, realizing in a whole a retrospective of how society has changed in Quebec throughout the years. It conveys the photographers’ concerns and interests in the quality of urban lives. The photographers transmit a reflection of society, collectively, individually and creatively by the use of a keen critical sense, while respecting the subject in its environment. This exhibition will conduct the visitor to ask itself some questions, “Where ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore, the angel man is walking willingly with his arms crossed and head up, a sense of movement. Indeed, the first idea coming to the viewer’s mind would be that the photograph has been taken at the right moment from a car window while this man was walking home, dreaming, after a long night partying in some sideline place in Montreal.

There are different stages while looking at the photograph. The man, main subject, has been taken entirely, with a facial angle and centered, where his black shoes are located on the top of the rear view mirror, set at one third of the photograph. Even though this mirror seems imposing on the bottom of the photograph in the foreground, the eye is still directly directed on the angel located in the middleground, capturing the entire attention.
Therefore, the viewer is at first looking from left to right, a horizontal focus, as if intrigued by where the man is going and where did he came from, discerning in the background, towards the continuity of the street, a couple dressed in black. This couple reinforces the idea of the costumed man being detached from the actual society, illustrating an idea of a parallel world versus the reality.
Besides, the photographer has left out the rest of the car, as it would have been pointless diverting...

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