Raphaël Dallaporta

Photographs, Video

September 7 – October 5, 2013
Opening on Saturday September 7, 3:30pm
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In collaboration with Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

Project Description

For its 13th edition, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal has invited renowned British curator Paul Wombell to develop an exhibition program around his theme, Drone: The Automated Image. From September 5 to October 5, 2013, more than 25 exhibitions deployed in different sites will transform the city into a vast yet coherent photography exhibition.

In 2010 Raphaël Dallaporta travelled to Afghanistan to assist a team of French archaeologists with compiling a visual inventory of that country’s national heritage. Many of these historical sites are endangered by pillage, and the new war that started in 2001 has caused further damage to important monuments. Dallaporta was able to fly a specially adapted drone over the Afghani landscape to take pictures of historical sites. From this survey he made the work Ruins (2011). With their jagged edges that break the symmetry of the rectangle, the images reflect on the state of deteriorating remains and convey the fragile nature of the archaeological sites.

These photographs will be presented with Checkpoint Tangui (2012), an 8-minute video that combines two synchronized animated videos taken from the drone, and uses an image recognition algorithm to merge the images that trace the path of the drone over the landscape.

Workshop with the artist at Skol
Saturday September 7 at 2:30 pm
With Ruins, Dallaporta presents photographs of Afghani landscapes made by a specially designed drone. The artist will be present to talk about the risks he faced in the production of the work as well as to discuss his artistic practice.