Benoit Aquin et Patrice Alleyn

(Quebec, Canada)

Benoit Aquin et Patrice Alleyn

Diaporama Ordre public / désordre mondial

Anti-globalization protests, citizens’ movements, street battles, police repression: the conflicts depicted in this slide show lend themselves to the creation of sensationalist pictures with the formal attributes of direct action: fuzziness, camera-shake, temporal compression, extreme proximity, etc. This slide show, accompanied by sound clips of the activists’ interrogations and trials (including that of Montrealer Jaggi Singh), is also a poetic meditation on the war of ideas.

Benoit Aquin
Born in 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, where he still lives and works.

After studying photography at the New England School of Photography in Boston from 1985 to 1987, Benoit Aquin embarked on a prolific career as a photojournalist. He has worked for numerous publications including the newspaper Voir and the magazines Recto Verso, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Time and En Route. He has also exhibited his work as a documentary photographer in a number of galleries and museums both in Canada and abroad. Attentive to the human condition, he casts a non-complacent gaze on the world’s disadvantaged peoples and on those whom our opulent society has left to their own devices.

Patrick Alleyn

Born in 1967 in Montreal, Quebec, where he still lives and works.

Patrick Alleyn is Director of Photography and Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the magazine Recto Verso, in addition to being a community worker at the Centre Saint-Pierre in Montreal. He develops documentary projects with a view to promoting social activitism. From 1997 to 1999, he coordinated an extensive documentary undertaking in underprivileged areas of the Centre-Sud neighbourhood in Montreal. His work falls within the tradition of the American Roy Emerson Stryker, a civil servant who, from 1935 to 1943, advanced the cause of President Roosevelt’s New Deal by spearheading the Farm Security Administration’s famous photographic project on the extreme poverty of farmers during the Great Depression.

Maison de la culture Côte-des-Neiges
5290, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal
(514) 872-6889
Exhibition hours : Tuesday and Wednesday from 1pm to 7pm, Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm
Du 4 septembre au 19 octobre 2003
Opening: September 5 at 5pm