Manon De Pauw

Manon De Pauw uses gesture and performance in an artistic practice focused on the image and the forms it takes, principally photography and video. For more than ten years, her work has brought out, with sobriety, artistic matter and its reverse side: light and shadow, appearance and effacement, images and processes for making images. Manon De Pauw’s work reveals the moment when what is visible can disappear.

On the façade of the Café Cherrier, L’apprentie # 6 (2013) is part of a series of photographs started in 2008 and made by contact with a luminous surface. Each composition is a test, an approach, a way of grasping the object of study and representing the world of the visible. The artist’s hand, a sheet of paper and a light table symbolically bring out the creative gesture.

Corps spectral # 1 (2013), on the façade of the Bonsecours Market, is part of a work in progress on performance and the possibilities of conveying it in a static work. For this image, the screen acts like a giant light table, blending in with the sky.


Manon De Pauw’s work explores both the fabrication of images and ways of presenting the image in video, installation, photography and performance. It has been shown widely in Canada and abroad at events such as the first edition of the Triennale (2008) and the Festival of Films on Art (2010), as well as in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Intrigues, a major exhibition presented at the Galerie de l’UQÀM in 2009 (curated by Louise Déry), is circulating in France and Canada. In 2011, Manon De Pauw was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award. She lives and works in Montreal and teaches in photography at the Studio Arts Department of Concordia University. She is represented by Division Gallery.

Dazibao thanks the artist, the Café Cherrier (Mr Jacques Boisseau) and the Bonsecours Market (Mr Claude Pronovost) for their invaluable assistance as well as the Musée d’art urbain for the donation of the billboards. Manon De Pauw thanks the Canada Council for the Arts.