Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Roger LeMoyne, La République de Port-au-Prince: Lucky Strike, December 2005, Archival giclée print on lustre paper, 24 × 46. Courtesy of the artist.
Roger LeMoyne, La République de Port-au-Prince: Lucky Strike, December 2005, Archival giclée print on lustre paper, 24 × 46". Courtesy of the artist.
Roger LeMoyne, La République de Port-au-Prince: Marché en Fer, January 2010, 2010. Archival giclée print on lustre paper, 24 × 46. Courtesy of the artist.
Roger LeMoyne, La République de Port-au-Prince: Marché en Fer, January 2010, 2010. Archival giclée print on lustre paper, 24 × 46". Courtesy of the artist.
Roger LeMoyne, La République de Port-au-Prince: Rue du Magasin de l’État, January 2010, 2010. Archival giclée print on lustre paper, 24 × 46. Courtesy of the artist.
Roger LeMoyne, La République de Port-au-Prince: Rue du Magasin de l’État, January 2010, 2010. Archival giclée print on lustre paper, 24 × 46". Courtesy of the artist.
Featured Exhibition

Roger LeMoyne
The Republic of Port-au-Prince

May 1–31
Reception: May 9, 6:30–8:30pm

Nikola Rukaj Gallery
384 Eglinton Ave W


Hours Mon–Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 12pm–6pm

Speaking as part truth and part wry joke, Haitians often refer to their capital as “the Republic of Port-au-Prince.” The city is home to almost 50 percent of the country’s population, and is strikingly different from the rest of the largely rural nation. All cities are rife with contradictions—rich and poor, sacred and profane, beautiful and ugly— but in Port-au-Prince, these opposites overlap and coexist almost everywhere, every day. Montreal-based photographer Roger LeMoyne has travelled to the area repeatedly over twelve years, focusing his photographic exploration on this continual mingling of contradictions.

LeMoyne’s project documents the city from 2005 to 2017, beginning before the earthquake, pivoting on the spectacular nature of that tragedy, and following through halting reconstruction to the Karnaval celebrations of 2017. He photographed many of the locations multiple times over the years, with the architecture of destruction and the destruction of architecture being a recurring theme. His images reveal that, despite tragedies, the people of Haiti retain their dignity through culture, art, humour, and self-composure.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.