Montreal artist Marie-Andrée Houde turns the tables on conventional tourist and portrait photography with her exhibition, Contra Pose, on display at Arnica Artist-Run Centre from March 1st to April 13th. In series of large scale photographs, Houde focuses on the attitudes and postures of tourists contemplating and photographing well-known attractions, such as Niagara Falls. Her photography work is complimented by a video installation, where she zeros in on the duality of young men trying to pose for a team portrait; attempting to present the masculine toughness of the football player, while often reverting to the vulnerability of the teenagers they are.
Houde has shown her work in many solo and group exhibitions, both abroad and in Quebec. She holds a Masters degree in visual arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal.
There will be an opening reception at Arnica from 6:00pm until 8:00pm on Friday, March 1st, 2013. Arnica is located on 7 West Seymour St. in the Kamloops Old Courthouse Cultural Centre and is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, and from 10:00am until 4:00pm on Saturdays.