In the course of a three-year correspondence in words and images with individuals serving life sentences in American prisons, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge explored the representation of the sites where they live as well as those they miss. From the generic spaces they are confined in, where even the sky can take on the appearance of a wall adding itself to those of the prison, the prisoners talk about the places that occupy their dreams and their imagination. In response, the artist draws upon her personal photography archive to offer her collaborators images that evoke their words. In this way, she invites them to step out of their reality to enter a shared space, where walls can become pages on which to write to one another, images to be transported by.


This exhibition is part of our Free Time programming, which positions itself in opposition to productivity, performance, and efficiency, and in which photography appears as a tool for exploration, for making relations and conceiving of new perspectives.



Evelyne was born in Maria, Gaspesie, on the east coast of Quebec (Canada) in 1981. She moved to the United States in 2009 to completed an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts at the School of Art and Design at Alfred University (Alfred, NY). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Lens-Based Media at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

Evelyne uses lens-based media to reflect upon and re-interpret the relationship between people and the ways they occupy space. She digitally deconstructs domestic and institutional spaces and the frames within—doors, windows and walls. Theses spaces become her medium and framing device for site-specific installations. She incorporates trompe l’oeil and camouflage techniques, double-takes and shifting point of views as a method for destabilizing vision and making viewers conscious of vision as an activity in which the whole body is involved. The high-resolution images are crisp but nothing is clear. The complex simplicity of some of her installations informs a particular sense of humor and an awareness of the absurd. Hovering between the finite border of the real and the fictional, theatrical and mundane, spontaneous and directed, her work is confounding the viewer’s expectations of realism by creating manipulated scenes where narratives are compressed, compromised or suspended.


The artist wishes to thank the collaborators of the project Wall+Paper: Jesse Ballez, K.D, Richard Jasso, R.G. III, Eugene Mays, J.M.G., Franscico Moreno, B. Shelton, C.W., Jeremy Justin Rooney, Steven Woodrow et Brian Yang, Publication Studio Hudson, the Canada Council for the Arts and  Rochester University.

7 September 2018 18:00 - 21:00