Clara Gutsche.
The Convent Series

Clara Gutsche.La série des couvents
Publication Date : January 1 1998
Price : $18.00

By France Gascon

These remarkable photographs testify to the remarkable talent and tenacity of the artist as well as to a remarkable subject: 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. However, the objectivity and evident respect she has for her subjects is heightened by a theatricality and by a critical stance. Elements of humour – although never parody – and even kitsch permeate theses shots of the sisters working, praying and playing. Through her deliberate mise en scène and strong sense of colour and setting, Gutsche conveys very particular cultural and social relationships. 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. New edition.

Published by the Musée d’art de Joliette

Clara Gutsche. The Convent Series
88 pages; ill.
9.5 x 11.5”
Bilingual edition French-English