Yann Pocreau

In his recent work, Yann Pocreau examines the narrative contribution of the presence of light when it is staged in specific sites. Throughout different mediums such as photography and installation, Yann Pocreau develops interventions and artworks reflecting on artificial lighting, its materiality and its essential input in photographic theory. Questions of history, materiality and thoughts on the photographic medium all have a considerable place his work. Polaroids, slides, photosensitive paper, silver halide photography and luminous installations are all part of his plastic vocabulary. 

Biography

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.

The artist receives the generous support of Guy Rodrigue.

Recent exhibitions

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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