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Claude-Philippe Benoit: Working from the Margins

The Quebec photographer Claude-Philippe Benoit makes art from the discovery and interpretation of empty spaces. The photographs that brought him to attention in the late 1980s were of dense forest clearings in which haphazard structures happened in the entropic silence of the wilderness. Likewise, he has photographed the empty UN Security Council chamber in New York as well as law courts in Paris, venues where power players are absent but the architecture of authority remains. In his latest series, Société de ville, Benoit turns his camera and black and white film onto fringe urban spaces in Montreal. The city is shown abandoned, and the resilience of the trees, grasses and shrubs can make it seem as if nature is reclaiming the civic arena—a process that he shows already underway at the margins and moving inexorably inward. (120 Navy St, Oakville ON)

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