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Christian Villemaire | MERGER photography exhibition at Exposure Gallery

Opening: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 6-8pm
On-view: January 8-February 19, 2018

1255 Wellington Street West | Ottawa, ON

These recent photographs are Christian Villemaire's interpretation of Hull, Québec, where he lives. Villemaire thinks about how his ten year old son may not be able to distinguish the old town of Hull from the new city merged with Gatineau. The old Hull is changing. Maybe his son will know about it because of these photographs and because his father talks about it. In the generations to come the town of Hull may be lost after being merged with Gatineau and other communities. In the new city there is a big diversity of people. Walking, driving, and venturing around Hull, Villemaire takes pictures of what he sees. He is curious but does not really know what he is looking for. He photographs places, buildings, stores, houses that needed maintenance, funky signs, and people. Hull has never been great at preserving its patrimony. Sometimes they will destroy a building to make a parking lot. The photographic work is ongoing. Villemaire remains curious about the people, places and stories in his town. He is always open to whatever he might find and intends to continue in this project.


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