Can animals take their own pictures? This is what Véronique Ducharme seems to be asking in Encounters (2012–13). She works in a similar fashion to Eadweard Muybridge, who used the camera to prove that all four feet of a galloping horse are, for a moment, simultaneously off the ground. Unlike Muybridge, who attached thread to cameras to create each exposure, Ducharme employs a hunting camera to detect movement and heat to trigger the exposure. The resulting images might be called wildlife photographs, in which animals exist beyond human control. Their ghostly images could be from another world, one without humans.
Véronique Ducharme was born in 1983 in Montreal, where she continues to live and work. In 2010, she obtained an MA from the London College of Communication, after receiving a BFA in photography from Concordia University in Montreal in 2007. She was the 2007 recipient of Concordia University’s Gabor Szilasi Award. Her works have been presented at A.I.R. Gallery in New York (2013); the Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm (2012); Galerie Les Territoires (2011–12), the McCord Museum (2008), FOFA Gallery (2007), and La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (2007) in Montreal; and the London College of Communication (2010). In 2006, the Magenta Foundation in Toronto published Carte Blanche, which included Ducharme’s works.
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Sept. 7 – Oct. 5, 2013 | Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 5 pm
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