(b. Moncton, New Brunswick, 1953)
Le portrait de Michèle
[The Portrait of Michèle]
Gelatin silver print on resin‑coated paper mounted on canvas
184.2 x 160.7 cm
Purchased in 1994, Petromont Collection
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1994.Ph.1
© Raymonde April
Le portrait de Michèle [Portrait of Michèle] is a very large photograph mounted on canvas that evokes both the interior scene and the portrait genres. In the intimate manner characteristic of her practice, Raymonde April presents a pensive woman seated near a bed and bookshelves. The subject is her friend and fellow artist Michèle Waquant (b. 1948), who works mainly in video and photography. The image brings together several artistic disciplines through the presence of photographs in the background, videotapes on the bed and books on the history of painting on the shelves.
Raymonde April has been practicing photography since the 1970s. Influenced by films and literature, she creates narratives that unfold in series of images often accompanied by text. As in Portrait of Michèle, she blends and reinterprets artistic genres: portrait (or self-portrait), landscape, travel narrative, still life, interior scene. April borrows from the anthropological approach but adopts a personal and poetic perspective, which places her work between autobiography and fiction in a narrative form called autofiction.