The Great canadian North is composed of an infinite and inaccessible number of desert spaces. Letting the light slowly permeate the film, I had to wait countless hours in these strange places. A work of contemplation anticipation and solitude: an attempt to grasp spaciousness.
The photography of Catherine Aboumrad is a statement of opulence, absence, organization and restriction. In a respectful approach, the landscape offers itself without intervention, and relates essentially to this manifestation of space.
Influenced by time and chance, the artist before her environment remains in a constant state of wonderment throughout the creative process. There is an important performative aspect to it; the act of photographing is as part of the creation as the image it produces. In this performance, the use of long exposure becomes an effective strategy since this technique imposes a very slow workflow and a total commitment to the art, both intellectually and physically.
Catherine Aboumrad graduated from Concordia University with honours after completing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a major in photography. Since 2017, she teaches photography in the college environment. She received an honourable mention for the Montreal Emerging Photography Award 2017. She has participated in several exhibitions and events throughout Canada and abroad, including at Guatephoto, the contemporary photography festival of Guatemala, Parcours Photo Sherbrooke, in collaboration with the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke and ÊTRE… en 2018, at La Maison de la culture Maisonneuve. Her work is part of private collections including the HBC Foundation, Art-in-Buildings Collection of New York and the Collection Auer in Switzerland.