Having a space to exhibit at one of the most prestigious professional photography competitions in the world – what a great honour! From August 26 to September 27, Wapikoni photographs taken during activities in the field will hang alongside the 150 winning photographs of World Press Photo 2015. This great international exhibition, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will be held at the Bonsecours Market in Old Montreal, daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Another fine surprise: World Press Photo Montreal 2015 has chosen none other than Samian as its spokesperson for its 10th edition, who is also Wapikoni’s spokesperson! In August 2015, the Algonquin artist, author, composer, singer, actor and photography enthusiast visited First Nations communities in Quebec in order to take a series of portraits, some of which will be exhibited in the Wapikoni space of World Press Photo Montreal.
This is therefore a first for Wapikoni, which is better known for the audiovisual works of its participants. On the mezzanine, beside our friend and partner Oxfam-Quebec, the public will be able to appreciate an exhibition of moments captured on the fly in First Nations communities by Wapikoni’s collaborators, trainers and participants. Among them: Véronique Lanoix, Marie-Pier Ottawa, Delphine Denoiseux, Élisa Moar, Lina Gunn, Marie-Cécile Dietlin, François Laurent, Samian, Mathieu Buzetti-Melançon, Philippe-David Gagné and Joannie Lafrenière. The structure supporting the photos was designed by the multidisciplinary artist, Dominic St-Aubin.
A video area of Wapikoni mobile will also be set up and the public will be able to watch a short selection of engagé films.
In the current socio-political context of reconciliation in Canada, Wapikoni is most proud to contribute to the visibility of First Nations in this major international event by offering a space to raise awareness of issues which First Nations face. “This representation is invaluable, even essential,” affirms Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni’s Director General.
For further information on World Press Photo 2015, consult the site: www.worldpressphoto.org