Yann Pocreau

Yann Pocreau's recent research has focused on the narratives suggested by the presence of light when staged within specific sites. Having removed the human presence from his photographs, and even turning more often to media other than photography, he has developed a series of interventions and works based on the materiality of artificial light and its essential contribution to photographic thinking. Questions about the materiality of light, reflection, and colour have taken over from ''body-space'' relationships and historical notions that were his previous concerns.

The artist receives the generous support of Guy Rodrigue (2016-2017) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2018).



Born in Quebec in 1980, Yann Pocreau lives and works in Montreal. Through photography, he has become interested in the strong presence of place and subject, their intimate cohabitation, and their effect on the narrative framework of the images. Pocreau has participated in several Canadian, American and European exhibitions, including The 5th Internal Sinop Biennal (Turkey), L’image rôde, (le Fresnoy, France) in 2013-2014 Québec Gold (Reims, France) in 2008; Exercices d’empathie presented at Espace Bortier in Brussels; Expansion at Galerie de l’UQAM; Out of Grace at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, within the framework of Montreal’s Mois de la Photo 2011 and recently at the Fonderie Darling. His work has been documented in a variety of magazines (CV, Canadian Art, Spirale, OVNI, Next Level-UK, etc.) and is featured in the collections of the National Bank of Canada, Hydro-Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s Prêt d’œuvres d’art, City of Montreal’s collection and in several private collections. Until 2014, he was the general coordinator at the CLARK Center in Montreal.


Recent exhibitions


C'est ainsi qu'entre la lumière, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art, Victoria, Seychelles

Migration, Identity and Belonging, IFM, RoseHill, Ile Maurice


Patrimoines, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montréal 
Lumens, Musée régional de Rimouski, curator Eve De Garie Lamanque, Rimouski
Sur les lieux ( volet 2), Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme


Sur les lieux, curator Manon Tourigny, Expression, St-Hyacinthe, Québec
Société secrète, Centre CLARK, Montréal, Québec
1 :3 Light, curator Sara Arjona Gonzales, Rooster Gallery, New York, NY
Rencontres internationales de la photographie en Gaspésie, Québec


5ième Biennale de Sinopale, Turquie
Croisements, Centre VU, Québec (Solo)
Peut mieux faire – cahiers d’exercice, curator Emmanuel Galland, travelling in 6 maisons de la culture à Montréal, Québec


Projections, Fonderie Darling, Montreal (solo)
L’image rôde, cur. Louise Déry, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Polaroïds, Encadrex, Montreal
Liminal Inversions, cur. Jodi Waynberg, RU, New York
Paperwork, Flux Factory, New York
Worksite, Dot Dash 3, (Web exhibition)
Aires Libres, cur. Marie-Ève Beaupré, public space, Montreal


Anarchitectures, cur. Alexis Desgagné – with Gordon Mata-Clark, MA K. Phaneuf and Denis Thibault, VU, Quebec
Chantiers, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal (solo)
Pour la suite des choses, Musée d’art de Joliette, cur : Gaëtane Verna and Marie Claude Landry
Under the Radar; the New Visionaries, cur. Jeanine Armin, Guided by invoices, New York, États-Unis
La loi du nombre, Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal


Peut mieux faire, L’Œil de poisson, Québec , comm. Emmanuel Galand
Accrochage 2007-2009, Galerie Simon Blais, Montréal (Solo)
Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal*, comm. Anne-Marie Ninacs, Montréal, Canada 2010