2021 / HD / 14:30
Hygieia takes a critical look at the fear of illness and the obsession with cleanliness in Western societies. This experimental video was created using archival sequences that were reworked and assembled to form a Memento mori. How can we deal with the precariousness of existence and reclaim death in the era of transhumanism? Completed during the transition from 2020 to 2021, this piece was inspired by the Coronavirus and the related public health emergency. The work looks at the safety measures that have since become a part of our new normal. It calls into question our blind faith in a health care industry that has transformed (and distorted) our approach to medicine. Our lives are much more than the mere monitoring of bodies. Are we confined in a “state of emergency” that denies the importance of community life? What are the psychological consequences of social distancing and isolation? What does the daily use of disinfectants and antibacterial gels, which are just as toxic as pollutants, expose us to? We seem to be confused and divided over these questions. To fully understand this pandemic, we need to first of all remember that it derives from a worldwide ecological crisis that goes beyond these questions.
2020 / HD / 11:50
This video explores man-made landscapes and the effects of human intervention on the environment. The work draws a parallel between the lush golf courses of Palm Desert and the desolate landscapes surrounding the Salton Sea. It investigates how water is used in California, where water rights are among the state’s divisive political issues.
2020 / HD / 08:15
This video was created from stock footage. It explores the themes of overpopulation, overconsumption and pollution.
2020 / HD / 12:00
January 2020, Australia is being ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades. The sky is blood red over parts of the country. Australia is the world’s leading exporter of coal and the government has announced that it will continue to support this industry, even if it is extremely polluting. Although scientists agree that coal is suffocating the planet, it still remains the major energy source in most countries of the world.
2019 / HD / 20:00
This video was filmed in Australia, in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The title refers to “Dreamtime” as the central theme of Aboriginal culture. In their conception of the world, all forms of life are part of a dynamic system of complex interactions. The earth, men, animals and plants are only parts of the same whole. Plunged into an unprecedented environmental crisis we know that this ideal remains an abstraction, a distant dream. Perhaps it is the Western worldview that has caused the imbalances that are now leading to disaster.
2019 / HD / 23:25
Since 2008, I document aquatic landscapes across North America. Adrift probes our relation to water, underscoring its vital importance and the troubling recurrence of ecological disasters. Like a previous work, Castaway (2012), this experimental video was filmed in the polluted waters of the Staten Island boat graveyard. Located near the former Fresh Kills landfill, these toxic shores have been affected by floods, coastal erosion and by Hurricane Sandy.
2016 / HD / 36:00
In former times, Salton Sea was a very popular tourist attraction and a paradise for fishing aficionados. Nowadays, the forlorn landscapes surrounding it seem to mirror a lost America, of an era in which everything seemed possible and accessible for all citizens. These sites give us another, unflattering image, that of a nation more divided and unequal than ever. They are like those other areas of dire poverty that are to be found all across the United States, a Third World of their own, where the most destitute live, for lack of a better alternative.
2015 / HD / 03:00
This short video is inspired by the student strike of spring 2015 and the social struggles associated with it. It denounces the neoliberal austerity measures and the erosion of political freedoms.
2015 / HD / 18:45
This video was inspired by American biologist Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring (1962), which is famous for having contributed to the ban against the pesticide DDT, as well as to the emergence of the environmental movement. Using visual metaphors, this work alludes to the problems caused by industrialization, by evoking its impact on health, ecosystems and climate.
2015 / HD / 14:45
Solastalgia is a concept created by environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht to define a feeling of unease tied to the upheavals and mutations we are experiencing today. It is the homesickness we may feel when we are still at home, but our familiar surroundings have grown strange to us. Nowadays, this state of loss of bearings seems to become generalized under the pressure of heightened development. In the Anthropocene Era, affected as we are by the rising world population, climate change, and the transformation of our ecosystems, this may be a form of latent distress that haunts us all.
2015 / HD / 15:15
Filmed on Captiva Island (Florida) and in Southern Louisiana, this video stages encounters between clashing worlds. Unique ecosystems and altered landscapes are enmeshed with each other, the marvelous and the disenchanted appear side by side, thereby underlining our ambiguous way of inhabiting our world. Our conceit is that we dominate nature: such is the hubris of our time. We are now faced with the results of this arrogant and destructive ideology.
2014 / HD / 09:50
Mirages was filmed in a residential development on Montreal’s South Shore and in the surrounding agricultural lands. We are gradually transported from one site to another, going from a fertile meadow to a desolate construction site. Transitory spaces appear, ephemeral places are set up; these metamorphoses evoke the urban sprawl that replaces rural life with suburban conditions. Those landscapes in mutation reflect the upheavals affecting our living environments and our ecosystems. They hold a mirror to the illusion of having the capacity to build when we do not even have the ability to dwell.
2014 / HD / 08:45
The Dark Season is intended as a kind of omen. The video shows us devastated places and landscapes with extreme climates. It alludes to some of the upheavals current societies are undergoing, at a time when our dependence on fossil fuels is only growing.
2013 / HD / 14:45
Aftermaths was made following an artist’s residency in New Orleans. The video roams through the altered landscapes of southern Louisiana, where traces of hurricane Katrina’s passage are still very much to be seen. These areas are plagued by many environmental problems, especially the poor neighbourhoods, where people have to survive in the shadow of the refineries.
2013 / HD / 08:45
This video probes our relation to water, underscoring both its vital importance and the troubling recurrence of environmental disasters. It generates a cognitive dissonance between two parallel worlds : a small river with rapids and oil refineries. There is flow in both, but in different senses, with opposite consequences.
2012 / HD / 14:00
Castaway was filmed in the murky waters of Witte’s Marine Salvage at Staten Island (New York). The largest boat cemetery on the Eastern Seaboard, this uncanny, desolate place is the final resting place of numerous wrecks of all varieties and several eras: ferries, barges, fishing boats, even old steam tugs. Their hulks slowly rot away in the mud of Arthur Kill, a refinery-lined inlet still busy with tankers. Located near New Jersey’s Chemical Coast, these now toxic shores were originally home to salt marshes, forests and freshwater wetlands. This behind-the-scenes look at industrial development, revealing its hidden side: its dark underbelly, may offer a glimpse of an unsustainable capitalist economy’s eventual shipwreck.
2012 / HD / 10:45
Recent technological changes have transformed natural and rural environments, to the point of producing uniform, ever-more polluted environments in their stead. Uprooted probes these territories fashioned by man, deciphering in them his relationship to his environment, thereby questioning his ways of being. Critical of environmental and urban developments, this video explores the peripheries of some North American cities, strangely alike from one to the next, in that none of them feels like somewhere. Their excessively wide spaces, standardized and shapeless, generate a sense of uneasiness. Urban upheavals can turn the most familiar locale into an unrecognizable, anonymous, even forbidding place. On this blank slate, local memory is forever erased.
2010 / HD / 08:15
Private Views creates a parallel between two starkly different worlds: the wretchedness of the destitute and the conspicuous consumer lifestyle of the nouveaux riches. The video explores the themes of social inequalities, real estate speculation, and dispossession. It documents the decline of some North American cities and casts a critical eye on the emergence of wealthy new suburbs. These private residential enclaves are often gated and under surveillance. Their luxury homes, with their dubious architectural style, are the reflection of a world dominated by appearances, consumption, and social conformity.
2009 / HD / 14:00
Losing Ground is a critique of urban sprawl and the resulting erosion and homogenization of the countryside across the world. With its negation of city history, of geographic particularities, and thus of cultural memory, this standardized urbanization imposes its amnesia, individualistic lifestyle, and jarring presence in nature. Filmed in Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, the biggest lifestyle center in Canada, the video sounds out recently man-made territories so as to decipher humanity’s relationships with the environment. It confronts us with the dizzying spectacle of our diminishing local references, as they give way to cultural stereotypes, now become universal through globalization.