Opening – Exhibition Gwénaëlle André

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1551 west 7th avenue
Vancouver, BC

Opening on November 19th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Wine and cheese will be served

From November 16 to December 19, le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver will present the exhibition “Mer et matière” (materials in a marine environment) by the artistic photographer Gwénaëlle André.

Her photography evokes the beauty and the force of the confrontation of the sea with wood and metal, materials that are inherent to ports and the ocean. The alteration of the materials as a result of this encounter, which may be gentle or violent, impressed the artist with its inevitable power of transformation. She draws her inspiration from the many ways in which time and the elements work to polish, reshape and alter matter.

A passionate artist, Gwénaëlle began photography in Paris, her birthplace. Initially she was primarily interested in developing film in the traditional silver print process but with time, she moved towards digital photography. Her art became more thematically focused when her studies took her to Brittany, where the daily presence of the Atlantic Ocean marked a turning point in her creative thought process. Later, this transition took her to another ocean, the Pacific, when she made her home in Vancouver at the beginning of 2015.

In this exhibition, two more general reflections take shape. The first raises the issue of the way a visual reality can be represented through a process that makes it artistic, and the second poses the question: what is the difference between an artistic gesture and one that is purely technical?