Ondes lumineuses is the fruit of a residency exchange with VU’s Scottish counterpart Street Level Photoworks, who, for their part, are hosting the sister exhibition Lightwaves in Glasgow. We aim for this mirror-play between the two exhibitions to be a vector for the desire to understand and communicate via the photographic medium: What limitations do the contours of our territories impose on the circulation of ideas? How does the ocean separating us play a role in our exchanges, and our identity? What transpires within our encounters, and what is the nature of the relationships these encounters create? In grappling with these questions, Pedneault, Letoré, Hay and Carrière were able to anticipate the territories and those that inhabit them, and to capture narrative fragments of lived experience resonating with their own pre-existences, wanderings, and intimate “elsewhere” places. As such, the artists both took advantage and transcended the freedom they were given throughout our respective continents, allowing them to make concrete and share with the public their rich and promise-filled explorations.

Follow the artists’ residencies on the blog photodialogues.net 


Bertrand Carrière

Bertrand Carrière is a photographer and video artist who lives and works in Longueuil, Quebec. Carrière’s work is included in numerous collections such as The National Gallery of Canada. He is presently artist in residence at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal with an upcoming exhibit there. He teaches photography in Sherbrooke and holds a master degree in communication arts from l’Université du Québec.

Mat Hay

Mat Hay is a Scottish fine artand commercial photographer, originally from Edinburgh, now working across the U.K., Europe, and North America. After receiving a BA(Hons) in Photography and Film from Edinburgh Napier University in 2013, Hay spent several years in London developing his practice while working for a number of acclaimed and internationally recognized artists and brands. Since then his personal and commercial work has continued to be exhibited internationally.

Melanie Letoré

Melanie Letoré graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Fine
Art Photography. Melanie was selected for The Skinny Showcase, Futureproof, and Pingyao International Photography Festival, and has since showcased her work nationally and internationally. She has written for The Common Guild, The Skinny and Young Artists in Conversation, and is currently on the editorial board of NOTES Journal. Melanie lives and works in Glasgow.

Josée Pedneault

Josée Pedneault is a visual artist living and working in Montreal. Her work has been shown in national and international venues, such as CONTACT Gallery (Toronto, 2015), TYPOLOGY (Toronto, 2015), Museo del Chopo (Mexico City, 2014), and Darling Foundry (Montréal 2012). She is currently on a one-year residency program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, where she will be presenting the solo exhibition Glazial-Cosmogonie.


This project was developed with funding from the British Council’s office in Canada and the Québec Government (Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec).


British Council
Culture et communications
Streetlevel Photoworks
26 October 2018 18:00 - 21:00