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Raymonde April

Professor, Photography


"Raymonde April is a pioneer in what recent art criticism has termed 'auto-fiction.' Her photographic work has persistently embraced performance for the camera, scenes of personal experience which sometimes include close friends and family, pictorial narratives of the self in which the boundaries between storytelling and autobiography, life writing and the writing of photography as fiction are purposely left unresolved. It can be said that all her work pertains specifically to the vision of an 'I,' if only because it nevertheless critically 'frames' the act of speaking, writing, and making images from the standpoint of the first person singular."
--Excerpt from an essay by Eduardo Ralickas

Raymonde's works appear in leading Canadian museums and many private collections. In 2008 she was one of the finalists for the inaugural Grange Prize, and in 2003 she was the recipient of the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, the highest distinction accorded by the Government of Quebec to an artist working in the visual arts.

Areas of expertise


Research interests

Autobiography, documentary, fiction, narrative, landscape, portrait, text, women, film, video

Autoportrait au couteau (self-portrait with knife), 2007, 43 x 56 cm, épreuve à développement chromogène (chromogenic print)
Robe (dress), from Equivalences, 2010, 99 x 123 cm, épreuve à développement chromogène (chromogenic print)
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