Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography is the title of a new publication and a two-part exhibition that is taking place in two venues fairly close to Montréal, Québec.
In the coming weeks, the publication, titled Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography will be released. Co-edited by EXPRESSION Centre d’exposition de Sainte-Hyacinthe, Plein sud, centre d’exposition en art actuel à Longueuil and Kerber Verlag (Berlin), this handsome and lushly illustrated book features two comprehensive essays on the artist’s practice by Joan Fontcuberta and Mona Hakim. The publication was produced in both French and English versions and will be available for purchase at EXPRESSION, Plein sud, in selected bookstores worldwide and online at KerberVerlag.com and Amazon.
The first section to open is Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography: 2015-2020 and is being shown at EXPRESSION from February 27 to April 25, 2021. This exhibition is comprised of four recent projects: The Photographer (2015) that reconsiders the photographic self-portrait, After (2020) reflecting on appropriation art, On Photography (2020) on the critic and her/his texts, and The Complete Photographer (2020) rethinking the photography magazine.
The second section, titled Chuck Samuels: Becoming Photography: 1991-2010, will be presented at Plein sud from March 13 – April 24, 2021. This exhibition is comprised of two projects: Before the Camera (1991), an examination of the history of the photographic representation of the female nude and its largely uncritical acceptance, and Before Photography (2010), an exploration of the figure of the photographer in popular cinema and television of the artist’s father’s era.
Chuck Samuels is a Montréal artist whose photographs and videos have been exhibited and published extensively since 1980. He frequently photographs or films himself and his work tends to address memory, photography and cinema as subject matter.