Yann Pocreau / Projections

For the first time of his career, it is not his own photos Yann Pocreau is showing under the heading of Projections at the Darling Foundry. Instead, he has chosen to draw from the iconography of his personal album a collection of antique postcards of French Gothic churches to realize the three works of this exhibition. The aging 1930s reproductions of the Saint-Laurent, Saint-Étienne-du-Mont and de la Trinité churches, the Sainte-Croix cathedral and the Sainte Chapelle are manipulated, staged, pierced, scratched, to allow the appearance of this divine light, sought after by religious architecture and here created artificially. These images are produced by way of different mediums – installation, bas-relief and film – with which the artist experiments in a “quest to throw light on the photographic object”, in his own words. In Projections, religious architecture and photography intersect to bring to light their common uses, namely sublimation and staging, illusion and dramatization.

The artist would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Darling Foundry team, the Simon Blais galery, Le Centre et l'atelier CLARK, François Marceau, Benoit Cool, fulux, Le Cabinet, espace de production photographique, Main Film, Jean-François Hébert, Brigitte Henri, Nancy Belzile, Alban Berg and Isabelle Malenfant for their help and valuable input.

Lightning execution for the work « Cathédrale » : François Marceau

Yann Pocreau

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.