PIERRE AT BAR
Over the last fifteen years, Personae has been an on-going project in which hidden aspects of an individual’s identity are revealed before Pierre’s camera. As a result, striking images are produced, some electronically manipulated and others not, forcing the viewer to question what is real and what isn’t. For the first time, this photographic process will be documented on film to provide viewers with insight into this immensely personal transition.
Dates of residency: Nov 1 - Dec 15, 2015
Lives and works: Montreal
Education: BFA, 1993, Film Studies and Photography, Concordia University, Montreal.
STATEMENT: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde
My work explores the interconnected relationships between the body, identity, disguise and performance. Navigating between documentary reportage and staged scenarios, my work questions preconceived notions about photographic portraiture and narrative representations. For the past fifteen years I have been producing an on-going series of environmental portraits, some digitally-manipulated and some not, entitled Personae. Personae questions the notion of fixed identity and explores the idea that we, as individuals, potentially embody a multitude of personae, that identity is fluid and malleable and not pre-determined. The Personae series involves a collaborative process where I allow my subjects to exorcise their alter egos by performing an invented scenario or narrative within the proscenium arch of my camera frame. My intention with this work is to play with and subvert the aesthetics and traditions of documentary photography, as well as aspects of identity and performance – to coax viewers into believing false truths, leaving them to question everything contained within the frame.
BIO: Pierre Dalpé is a Montreal-based photography and video artist. In 1993, he received a BFA in film studies and photography from Concordia University, in Montréal. Dalpé’s work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Russia, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan (2016). His photographs are part of private collections, and have been published in a variety of journals, magazines, newspapers and periodicals. In 2012 Les Editions Cayenne published a monograph entitled Personae, spanning 20 years of Dalpé's photographic practice. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. He has participated in artist-in-residence programs at the Banff Centre, The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City, Yukon), and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s studio residency in Mexico City.