In the summer of 2011, Pascal Amoyel and Thomas Bouquin, – residents of Paris and Montréal respectively – started Montréal-Paris, a transatlantic photography project inspired by their home cities. Montréal-Paris brings together their photographic works on Paris and Montreal and invents a new place, « Montréal-Paris », made up of the encounter of these two cities.
The project finds its fulfilment in the release of six twenty-four pages booklets, from UN to SIX, and in a series of exhibitions, whose curating represents the continuation and the achievement of the editorial work. Self-published periodically over a three years long period, the booklets are the result of a close collaboration between Thomas and Pascal. Editing, sequencing, designing were decided together, via an intense correspondence. The images were chosen from their existing works as well as made in purpose, in order to create a series of echoes between them : objects, colors, motifs.
Each issue has its own dynamics and is, at the same time, a new seasonal chapter of the six-chapter book, Montréal-Paris. This opus is kind of a « city-book » that creates a free-flowing space between Paris and Montréal. Having the images untitled and authorless, Pascal and Thomas strived to blend their styles into one observation of a city as an idea, regardless of location.
Devised as a response to the editorial work, each exhibition is conceived as a new chapter of the project, which transposes the book’s images on the wall. The series of exhibitions began in summer of 2013 with Azimuth#243 launched in Arles during the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie (Voies Off), at the same time as the release of CINQ. Created in-situ, each exhibition revisits the booklets, proposes a new layout of the pictures and invents new associations between them.
In January 2014, the exhibition Montréal-Paris in Loco (Paris), launched at the same time as SIX, the last issue of the project, was a reply to Azimuth# 243. Built on a series of echoes and switches, the show took place in the hybrid space of the Loco Editions Gallery, at the same time an office where books are created and produced, a bookshop and a gallery.
Pascal Amoyel and Thomas Bouquin are currently working on the proposition of a new chapter to be shown in Montreal in 2015, which will frame the six booklets and the previous exhibitions as a source from which to depict the project Montréal-Paris as a whole.
In Shpilman Institute for Photography's blog