Les Revenants is a thematic exhibition that brings spirit photography – pictures of invisible beings – into contemporary art.
In Haitian Portraits (2001), Roberto Stephenson presents photographic portraits of people that never existed. Combining features from different people, Stephenson conveys the idea of a soul that lives without a body.
Astman, Hiebert, Jolly, and Stephenson suggest that there are unseen forces sustained by hopes and beliefs which can be documented photographically.
Roberto Stephenson is Haitian Italian and was born in Rome in 1964. After studying graphic design, he specialized in architectural photography. Passionate about experimentation, he discovered the potential of computer manipulation while in London in 1998 – 2000. His series Haitian Portraits was exhibited in Martinique, Miami, and Paris. He has also exhibited in Rome, London, New York, Ahmedabad, Port au Prince, Santo Domingo, Oslo, La Havana, Bamako, Paris, and Berlin. Stephenson has recently been awarded the Grand Prix du Jury du Salon d’Art Contemporain de Montrouge, France. He is based in Port au Prince.
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., # 103
Les Revenants: Barbara Astman, Ted Hiebert, Martyn Jolly, and Roberto Stephenson
August 30, 2005 – November 5, 2005
Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-6:00pm
Opening Saturday September 10, 2005 at 11:00am, the artists will be present