restricted access Le devenir paysager. De quelques paysages postindustriels entre arts visuels et poésie

This essay proposes an analysis of the concept of landscape in contemporary Quebec visual arts and poetry. A brief archaeology of the landscape shows the pictorial origins of this genre, as well as the anthropocentrism from which it proceeds. Indeed, when the landscape becomes an autonomous form during the Renaissance, it is assumed that the subject necessarily pre-exists the landscape. The landscape is thus considered one representation among others of reality. The importance of this human-centred landscape in contemporary arts will be studied in Isabelle Hayeur’s photographs and videos, as well as in the poetry of Pierre Nepveu, Louis-Jean Thibault, Robert Melançon, and Claude Paradis. If the subject remains central to their representations, these artists also offer other critical approaches. More than a mere aesthetic motif or a touristic cliché, the landscape is becoming an ethical and aesthetic meeting place, implying new relationships between the landscape and the subject, yet to be explored.