Created in 2016 – 2017, this body of work examines with a critical eye how hydroelectric power has transformed the landscape of Quebec. The project pays attention to how citizens have rallied in order to defend their region and to demand better protection for their environment. It is a politically committed project which looks at the ways we occupy and manage the land.
Hydroelectric power has extensively moulded (and disfigured) our landscapes. That industry was nationalized at the beginning of the 1960s for the common good, but today this state corporation manages its resources more like a private corporation. Several citizens groups are meeting to courageously denounce that situation. These people come from different backgrounds: farmers, livestock producers, vacationers, leftist politicians, public figures… One goal unites them and it is to stop new high voltage transmission lines on their land and in their communities. These projects are often unnecessary or geared toward the exportation of electricity and do not benefit the community. In a political climate that sees public institutions dismantled, the task of defending their land befalls to groups of citizens abandoned by a government obsessed with economic development.
A body of work of fifty medium format images