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Gaspésie 2020 : Judith Bellavance


A Taste for Enduring “A Taste for Enduring germinated during my first experience as a thanatopractitioner. I traveled to Douglastown to arrange the church basement according to the last wishes of a woman who wished to have her viewing in her home village. Struck by the versatility and appearance of this enormous basement, which served as a community hall, I made a note of indicators of the functions associated with the place and decided to undertake a photographic narrative there. I returned to Douglastown in the fall of 2019 to take hold of those indicators with the point of view that characterizes my photographic work, and I used this material to ‘relate’ an inspired, living and singular story. “Newcomers (annual and seasonal) came to settle in the Gaspé and imbued their new region with diverse customs and cultures. In Douglastown, those encounters between tradition and innovation, heritage and modernity, disorientation and familiarity, are palpable. New sociocultural and economic practices took root, interweaving with an existing and heterogeneous cultural heritage. In taking over that church basement, in flooding it with a...

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