[MATAPEDIA TRAIN STATION] Presentation by artist Michel Huneault

Michel Huneault presents his project Péninsule, an ongoing research project around the impacts of climate change in the Lower St. Lawrence coastline and Gaspésie coastline.


Documentary photographer and visual artist, his work focuses on development issues, trauma, migration and complex geographical realities, including the impacts of climate change. His artistic practice combines still images, oral histories, video and immersive elements that give his projects a humanistic and aesthetic dimension. His works inform while questioning the act of documentation and representation.

Michel Huneault holds a master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a Rotary Peace Fellow, examining the role of collective memory in the aftermath of a major trauma. Before turning to photography in 2008, he worked for over a decade in international development. In 2015, his work on the Lac-Mégantic tragedy was awarded the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, and published the following year under the title La longue nuit de Mégantic by the Dutch publisher Schilt. In 2016, the Travers Fellowship allowed him to further his research on migration issues across five countries, in collaboration with their diasporas in Canada and their families in their countries of origin. In 2018, he adapted Roxham - his visual and sound project about the passages of asylum seekers from the United States to Canada - into a virtual reality experience with the National Film Board of Canada. In spring-summer 2020, he was commissioned by the McCord Museum to document the impacts of Covid-19 in Montreal.



Fruit of a collaboration between the artist-run centre Vaste et Vague and Quartier Éphémère, the Matapedia Train Station - Art and Community Centre is both a new space dedicated to contemporary art and a meeting place for the community. It offers a program of cross-residencies, exhibition spaces and cultural mediation activities with schools, community groups and citizens. Collaboration between the Centre d'artistes Vaste et Vague and Quartier Éphémère.