Round table discussion on INCIPIT - COVID-19 - McCord Stewart Museum

Round Table Discussion

Wednesday, September 21, at 6 p.m

Documented in Real Time

For the exhibition INCIPIT – COVID-19, the Museum is organizing a round table discussion around Michel Huneault’s photography project, which provides an early record of this historic moment by capturing the beginnings of the COVID-19 crisis. The event will examine the necessity of archiving the present and explore the roles of different stakeholders—artists, journalists, institutions, civil society—in creating a network that engages in the values of accessibility and visibility.

The speakers will be Michel Huneault, the exhibition photographer, Zoë Tousignant, curator of Photography at the Museum, and Pierre-Paul Milette, who has worked in management positions within Quebec’s health and social services network.

The discussion will be moderated by Vincent Lavoie, professor in the Art History Department at UQAM.


Free activity, in French, presented on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the Museum
Space is limited, reservation required.
Billetterie Weezevent

Speakers Biographies

Michel Huneault

Michel Huneault is a documentary photographer and visual artist. Committed to a personal, humanist approach, he brings together still images and immersive elements in his work. He is interested in collective trauma, migration and other geographically complex realities such as the consequences of climate change.

Michel Huneault has a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where, as a Rotary Peace Fellow, he studied the role of collective memory after major traumatic events. He studied under and assisted Magnum photographer Gilles Peress at Berkeley and in New York City. Before devoting himself to photography full-time in 2008, he worked in international development for over a decade, a career that took him to over 20 countries, including Afghanistan, where he spent an entire year in Kandahar.

His project documenting the Lac-Mégantic train disaster won the 2015 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize in the United States. In 2016, his project Post Tohoku about the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan was nominated for the seventh Prix Pictet award and received an Antoine-Desilets award in Quebec. In 2018, his series ROXHAM was transformed into a virtual reality project by the National Film Board of Canada. He develops his projects in different chapters, presenting them on complementary platforms ranging from traditional media to contemporary art spaces.

Zoë Tousignant

Zoë Tousignant, Curator, Photography at the Museum, is a photography historian specializing in photography produced in Quebec and Canada. Born and raised in Montreal, she has been actively involved in the city’s art and photography communities for over two decades.

She holds a PhD in Art History from Concordia University and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leeds, UK.  Her doctoral research focussed on the use of photography in popular illustrated magazines published in Montreal and Toronto during the Interwar Period.

Pierre-Paul Milette

Pierre-Paul Milette has worked in the health, social services and physical rehabilitation sector for over 43 years. Having contributed to several regional, academic and national projects, he is deeply involved in Quebec’s health and social services network.

He was the president of the Association des cadres supérieurs de la santé et des services sociaux du Québec for 5 years. He participated in the project to build the Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur in 2003 and oversaw the integration of the Hôpital Notre-Dame into the CCSMTL in November 2017. He currently chairs the deliberative standing committee on social services and mental health of the Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS).

Vincent Lavoie

Vincent Lavoie is a photography historian and full professor in the department of art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His publications include Photojournalismes: Revoir les canons de l’image de presse (2010), La preuve par l’image (2017) and L’Affaire Capa – Le procès d’une icône (2017).  His latest essay, Trop mignon ! Mythologies du cute (2020) examines the emotional reception of the cute depictions of animals circulating online. In collaboration with Thierry Gervais, he is currently editing a collection titled Facing Black Star, which will be published this spring 2023.

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