Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Un état des lieux / Bruno Rosier, Rapides du Niagara / 1952-2002, 17cm x 12cm
Un état des lieux / Bruno Rosier, Rapides du Niagara / 1952-2002
2006 Featured Exhibition

Bruno Rosier
Un Etat des lieux

May 3–July 14, 2006
Alliance Francaise
24 Spadina Rd

In 1992, Bruno Rosier found twenty-five prints
dated from 1937 to 1953 in a flea market, showing
the same person posing alone in front of famous
landmarks all over the world. This discovery was
the starting point for a photographic odyssey that
was also intended as an exploration of self-
representation and the artistic process. Rosier
decided to follow this man's footsteps (only his
initials, R.T. are known), in order to re-create the
same shots half a century laster he dressed and
posed in accord with the original photographs. The
fifty prints in this exhibition are twin images of
such tourist meccas as the Egyptian Pyramids,
Niagara Falls and Acropolis of Athens. Through
these self-protraits, Rosier disturbs the viewer by
exploring an individual's singular identity which
ultimately ends up disappearing amid the banality of
everyday life and images.


Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of France
in Toronto.
The exhibition will be closed from May 27 to June
13.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.