Joël Bénard

Grounded features portraits of the faces and feet of students from Canada’s National Ballet School. Bénard’s interests are with the traces left by our activities and how those traces become testaments towards creating oneself from “our own burning hearts.” – Vasyl Stus, poet. These romantic/realist diptychs play between the seen and the unseen, the fresh and the worn, a reminder that, as philosopher Benedict Spinoza wrote, “all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.”