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Artist statement

There is a difficulty often encountered in photography that places the multidisciplinary photographic artist Albert Picard before an opposition between the awareness and wonder provoked by his photographic works. His experimental approach aims to create works that go beyond their mechanical or banal side and that are not only faithful representations of the forms and tones of the realities that surround him. With the help of techniques borrowed from assemblage or sculpture, for example, Albert Picard avoids creating photographic works that resemble objects that they are not, in order to instil a dialectic of identity and non-identity of the represented objects.

He conceives of photography as a medium that fixes all sorts of ideas, recording the impressions that emerge from them. The result is a photo that welcomes the photographer’s everyday life, in his observations as well as in his reflections. This embrace gives way to ordinary things and encompasses the imagination linked to the lived experience. He sometimes works with assemblages using salvaged elements found everywhere, but above all with the digital modifications made in post-production in his photographic studio. His approach opens up, takes him away from photography, in the purist orthodox sense of the term. Objects from the real world are not altered in their tangibility, yet they remain active and impose their own meaning. The artist disrupts the boundaries between photography, sculpture, assemblage and everyday objects. He seeks a space of possibilities that allows him to meet other ways of connecting to the realities of the world.

Concerned about the fate of the environment, he has been surveying the area where he lives, the Gaspé Peninsula, since 2012. It is the place of inspiration for all his production. He takes an artistic look at our societies that invest in and shape the territories.