Bio

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Émilie Régnier is a Canadian Haitian photographer born in Canada who spent most of her childhood in Central Africa (Gabon) before moving to Dakar in Senegal in 2009. As a photographer who has traveled to the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and throughout Africa, her work attempts to build bridges within the many dimension of this world. In 2011 and 2012, Régnier spent two years exploring her Canadian-Haitian heritage, attempting to unify her extremes to construct an extended family portrait. In 2017 she did a DNA test and reach out to 1,224 people who share segments of DNA with her. "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 ».

In the photographic series Hair and Leopard (2014-2016), the artist 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

For more information about her work check this interview, Interview Magazine.

https://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/emilie-regnier-bdc

Emilie Régnier: 'I am white and black, Canadian and Haitian', Financial Times

https://www.ft.com/content/466d36e4-f016-11e7-ac08-07c3086a2625

Régnier's work has been exhibited including Amsterdam, Dubaï, Milano, Paris, New York, Toronto, Lagos , Dakar, Singapore.

Régnier was a 2018 artist in resident in New York with Residency Unlimited and in Angola with ELA-Espaço Luanda arte.

Régnier work has also appeared in numerous international publications such as Le Monde, Le Monde Magazine, Vogue, The New York Times, Dazed, ID-Vice The New Yorker, Foam.

Educations

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.

Masterclass:

Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, 2014

Awards received

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 2016 2015 Canada Winner, Flash Forward Fondation, Magenta 2015

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

Exhibitions

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)

References

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