This retrospective of the work of Canadian photographer/new media artist, Scott MacLeay, celebrates his non-conformist approach to his chosen fields of focus during his 40-year career. It includes early black and white work, Fresson bichromie work and four-colour work from his analogue period in Paris, musical work of his French research group Private Circus, as well as his most recent digital video and photographic work undertaken in Brazil since 2010. For MacLeay “all work in the visual arts is documentary work. Some artists chose to document what they see, while others choose to document what they think and feel.”
MacLeay’s position on what he sees as photography’s overly rigid, rule-based traditional conceptual framework is also clear: “Rules are made to be broken, challenged and eventually replaced, not in a naive way born of ignorance, but in an informed way, respecting the traditions of the past, with full knowledge of their natural tendency to generate regressive and conservative perspectives in the future”.
Scott MacLeay : 40 Years of Provocation
March 20th – April 18th, 2020
Galeria Maria Cláudia Alencar in collaboration with the Photography Festival of Tiradentes, Tiradentes, Brazil, March 18th-22nd, 2020