I am a Canadian Haitian artist and photographer born in Canada; I spent most of my childhood in Central Africa (Gabon) before moving to Dakar in Senegal and then to Paris (France). In 2017, I began exploring my Canadian-Haitian heritage; I took a DNA test and reached out to 1,224 people who share segments of my DNA. This marked the beginning of my attempt to research and construct an extended family portrait that articulating my reality: "As a person of mixed race, you portray the collision of two worlds. But you can also consolidate two distinct universes. I am white and black, I am Canadian and Haitian».
From 2014-16 I created two photographic series, Hair and Leopard, in which I documented the style and cultural signifiers found throughout the African continent and beyond, illustrating methods of portraying beauty and power, and initiating a discussion about identity and the relationship between Africa and the West.
My work has been exhibited widely, including in Cape Town, Amsterdam, Dubaï, Milan, Paris, New York, Toronto, Lagos , Dakar, and Singapore. In 2017, my shows included:
From Mobutu to Beyonce (solo), Bronx Documentary Center (New York); Night of the Year, Les Rencontres d’Arles, projection (Arles, France); 1.54 Art Fair Galerie Magnin-A (New York); Afriques Capitales (group), curated by Simon Njami (Lille, France). Shows in 2015-16 included: Hair, Photo Vogue Festival (Milan); Leopard, Paris Photo Grand Palais, Gallery Magnin-A (Paris); Hair, Festival of Fashion and Photography (Hyeres, France); Passeport, Lagos Photos Festival (Lagos, Nigeria); Passeport, Photoquai, Biennnale du quai Branly (Paris).
In 2019, I was invited as a guest speaker at National Geographic seminar ; in 2018 I was an artist in residence with Residency Unlimited in New York and with ELA-Espaço Luanda Arte in Angola. My work has appeared in numerous international publications such as Le Monde, Le Monde Magazine, Vogue, The New York Times, Dazed, ID-Vice The New Yorker, and Foam.
For more information about her work check this interview, Interview Magazine.
Emilie Régnier: 'I am white and black, Canadian and Haitian', Financial Times
I’ve always been quite restless. After graduating from high school in Montreal, I studied fashion design, then visual arts, then social science. Eventually deciding that Montreal winters are too cold, I then made plans to become an offshore oilrig diver. Finding I was claustrophobic, I traveled instead to Australia and Indonesia where I fell back in love with photography, a craft I had practiced from an early age. I returned to Canada, studied photography at College Marsan from to 2004 to 2006, then worked as a photo assistant for various Montreal photographers before moving back to West Africa and pursuing my photo career fulltime and work as a photographer for more then 10 years.
In September 2020, I will start an MFA in Photography at Concordia university.
Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, 2014
2020 National Geographic Explorer grant for the DNA project.
2018 Artist in residency with Residency Unlimited, Brooklyn, New York
2018 Artist in residency with Ela Espaço Luanda Arte, Angola, Luanda
2018 Conseil des arts du Canada, grant for international residency.
2016 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, grant for research and creation 2015 Canada Winner, Flash Forward Fondation, Magenta
2014 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, grant for research and creation 2014 Selected by Foam Magazine, Talent Issue
2013 Canada Winner, Flash Forward Fondation, Magenta
2013 Selected by the Santa Fe portfolio review
2012 Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, ( Vivacite) grant for research and creation 2011 Honorable mention from the Magenta Foundation
2019 PH Centre, Cape Town, La Bella de Luanda, (solo)
2019 Cape Town Art Fair, La Bella de Luanda
2018 Leopard, Hotel Onomo, OFF Dakar Biennale
2018 Steven Kasher Gallery, New photography of Africa & its Diaspora ( collectives) 2017 1.54 Art Fair New York, galerie Magnin-A,
2017 From Mobutu to Beyonce, Bronx Documentary Center, New York, ( solo)
2017 Leopard, Lille, Afriques Capitales, curated by Simon Njami ( collectives)
2016 Hair, Photo Vogue Festival, Milano, ( collectives)
2016 Leopard, Paris Photo Grand Palais, Gallery Magnin-A, ( collectives)
2016 Hair, festival of fashion and photography of Hyeres ( collectives)
2015 Passeport, Lagos photos festival, October 2015 ( collectives)
2015 Passeport, Photoquai, Biennnale du quai Branly, ( collectives)
2014 Passeport, Unseen , Amsterdam, ( collectives)
2014 Passeport, East Wing Gallery, Dubaï, ( collectives)
2014 Passeport, Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, ( collectives)
2014 Passeport, International Toronto Airport, Contact Festival, ( collectives)
2013 Regard d'Oxfam Quebec, Marché Bonsecours, Montreal, September, ( collectives) 2012 Boys Dakar , Tohu September, ( solo)
2018 Dazed Magazine, The Salons of Abidjan
2018 Financial Times Magazine, Emilie Regnier: ‘I am white and black, Canadian and Haitian’ 2017 El PAIS, De Liz Taylor a Beyoncé, May
2017 New Yorker, The meaning of Leoprad print, May
2017 Potere Animale, Internationalize, May
2017 Huffington Post, The alluring power of Leopard print, in photo from across the world, April
2017 The Cut, This photographer examines African Beauty and Beyoncé, April
2017 Interview Magazine, Émilie Regnier across Borders, April
2017 Internationalize, Tutte Vogliono Essere Beyoncé, April
2017 Biba, expo photo: Impression Léopard, April
2017 Dazed, The women of the Ivory Coast channeling their inner Beyoncé
2017 International Business times, From Mobutu to Beyoncé; portraits by Emilie Regnier explore the symbolic of Leopard print, April
2017 Coeval, Emilie Regnier, April
2017 I-D, Exploring the politics of hair at west african salons, April
2017 Huffington Post, Photographer chronicles the glamorous hairstyles of West Africa’s beauty salons, March
2017 The New York Times, Seeking style in the markets of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, March
2017 M Le Magazine du Monde, Sur les traces de l’imprimé léopard, March
2017 Times Magazine, Women in photography 34 voices from around the world, March 2017 Foam n°47, Emilie Regnier, p.8, What’s new
2016 The New York Times, Ivory coast style, December
2016 Cheese Konbini, Paris Photo: l’intrigante obsession pour le motif léopard de Paris à Kinshasa, November
2016 Jeune Afrique, Omar Victor Diop, Seydou Keïta, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Emilie Regnier, Malick Sidibé, November
2016 Issue Magazine, Emilie Regnier, October
2016 I AM, Emilie Regnier photographe, March
2016 Vogue, Emilie Regnier, photo stories, March
2015 Yet Magazine, Emilie Regnier, December
2015 Snapped, Emilie Regnier, March
2015 Courrier International, Une jeunesse africaine, March
2014 L’oeil de la photographie, Emilie Régnier, série passeport, October 2014 Foam Magazine, Talent n°39, Diverse Future, September