950 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal, QC H3C 6J7
A graduate in Photography from the Cégep de Matane, Kassandra Reynolds specializes in documentary photography. The artist has presented her work in several solo and group exhibitions in Quebec and internationally. Her work has been presented, among others, at the Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée in Montreal, at the Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay, and at the PHOS festival in Matane. Even if documentary photography dominates her work, she is a regular in cultural mediation projects, spreading them out since the end of her studies. In 2021, she was awarded the Prix relève culture Montérégie for “her magnificent quest as a photographer to document our humanity doomed to disappear.”
Approach and works on display
As a photographer, she is interested in the way human beings inhabit and transform their environment. The idea of meeting individuals who are unknown to her, really appeals to her. The strangeness of places and the mystery that emanates from certain homes motivate her to knock on doors and go towards others to collect life stories. Her approach and her process adapt to the liking of these meetings; nothing is established in advance. The photographic work is formed as she spends time with her subjects. Thus, she hopes to testify of their everyday life without artifice. Each place has its own poetic elements, a soul, a color and an organization: according to the inspiration of the moment, she lets herself be carried by what she sees, by my desire to express herself and by the people she discovers.
Assez d’espace à l’intérieur (2020)
In September 2020, with the arrival of the camp on Notre-Dame Street East, in Montreal, Kassandra Reynolds decided to delve deeper into the subject of homelessness. This location quickly became a landmark, allowing her to visit the same people on a regular basis. For months, she documented the evolution of the camp and the daily life of the campers while integrating herself into the community. Through this process, Kassandra started to feel as though she was part of this big family, and so she learned a lot by witnessing the different struggles of each person and the larger problem of the housing crisis in Montreal.