Long Live Life!

2007-10-02, from Member
Sherbrooke, October 2nd 1997 - This fall, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke will pursue its discussion of politics and society, while an exhibition of the works of photographer Arlette Vittecoq will force us to reexamine our abusive usage of plastic bags. Opening ceremonies are planned for Saturday, October 20th at 5 p.m. and the exhibition will last until January 27th, 2008. Press Visit: October 10th, at 1h30 p.m.

The exhibition: A trip to the pharmacy, some groceries, a bit of shopping and we find ourselves with enough plastic bags to last several hundred years! A stroll by the river – we notice the flowers and ducks, but also a lot of plastic bags stuck in the trees or floating in the water. Struck by the waste and by this assault on the beauty of our landscape, the photographer Arlette Vittecoq has worked for two years to document the plague of bags in perceptive images which oblige us to reflect on our environmental values as citizens as well as consumers. Arlette Vittecoq notes that “Places in space and in time are very important to me. It is my role as a photographer to bear witness as a citizen of the city, to an evolving history that continues through the books and the photographs.” The exhibition takes place on two levels: reporting, where the facts are laid out just as they are, and artistic expression, where the photographer succeeds in transcending the subject matter.

Biographical notes: Born in France at Issy-Les-Moulineaux in 1942, Arlette Vittecoq studied at the École nationale de la photographie in Paris. She worked as a photographer in France before coming to Canada in 1965, and to Sherbrooke at the beginning of the 1970s. Arlette Vittecoq taught at the Ateliers d’animation culturelle of the City of Sherbrooke before becoming a lecturer in the visual arts certificate programme at the Université de Sherbrooke. She has been an active member of the Regroupement des artistes des Cantons-de-l’Est (RACE) since 1973, and has received a number of prizes and awards including the Bourse de la Ville de Sherbrooke, Artiste ambassadeur, 2006. With Stéphane Lemire, she published the album Lumières de saisons, and with Sylvie Bergeron De Ktineketolekwac à Sherbrooke, ville nouvelle. Her work has been shown in Québec, in France, and above all in the Eastern Townships where she is represented in many collections. The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke presented a solo exhibition of her photographs in 1984; her work also appeared in the first edition of the Salon du printemps des artistes des Cantons-de-l’Est in 2001.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, 241 Dufferin Street, is open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Entrance fees : $7,50, adult, $6, senior, $5, student. Guided tours in French every Tuesday at 2 p.m. English tours and group tours available anytime upon reservation. The Musée is supported by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec and Ville de Sherbrooke.


Source:

Lise Boyer
Tel: 819 821-2115
mbas@interlinx.qc.ca  


 
 

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