collaboration with photographer Pierre Rivard

A photographer and a painter join forces: two generations (Katarzyna Chmielarz in her late twenties) and Pierre Rivard (in his early seven-tees), two visions, two mediums.

It is commonly said that photography killed the painting. In this collaboration, painting works to bring old black and white photographs back to life. 

Pierre Rivard’s photography is a perfect example of realism. His images present snapshots of the everyday life he encountered in his hometown Montreal in the 70;s and in his travels across the world while working for Oxfam-Qc. Captured in his photographs are subjects in their habitual surrounding. Katarzyna’s scissors and paintbrush modify the context, deconstructing the original realist vision.