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Clara Gutsche: The Convent Series

May 31, 1999

These photographs testify to the remarkable talent and tenacity of the artist as well as to the cloistered religious communities of Québec, among the last in North America. Originally drawn by the desire to document the cloisters' interior architectural spaces, Gutsche ultimately came under the thrall of the women themselves. Oscillating between portraiture and interior scenes, Gutsche reveals her architectural interest through formal composition, sparse settings and the stillness of the figures. By weaving herself as a photographer and as a woman into a rarified social fabric, Gutsche allows us to encounter realities to which she imparts an unprecedented presence. In English and French.

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