Florence Debeugny

June 13–August 8, 2019

Opening Reception, Screening and Artwalk: Thursday, July 4, 6–8:30 pm

Artist’s talk and screenings: Saturday, July 6, 1–2:40 pm

Vancouver-based, multi-disciplinary artist Florence Debeugny focuses her artistic practice on architectural photography of British Columbia. These works document and examine industrial and urban landscapes in regions undergoing rapid growth and change.

Three monitors display a rotating tableau of three distinct locations in the district of Port Moody; the Imperial Oil Company townsite of Ioco, the summer lakeshore cottages of Belcarra and the growing city of Port Moody which is 25 km from central Vancouver. These authentic and candid photographs document abandoned places, many in disrepair or under threat of demolition. A single soundtrack comprised of noises collected from each of the locations plays overtop, transporting us to each place to hear the many sounds; cars, trains, creeks, building demolition, shopping malls and recorded interviews with past and present residents.

This 21-minute video and sound installation preserves these spaces, some in their final days of existence. The human connections to these places are unmistakeable. We are able to anticipate the disappearing ways of living, as well as the loss of physical structures.

The housing crisis is not isolated to the Metro Vancouver area. Debeugny’s work raises questions of progress, heritage preservation, housing and culture.

Debeugny will be giving an artist’s talk about the work on Saturday, July 6, between two timed screenings of her 21 minute video and sound installation.

  • 1 pm first screening commences
  • 1:30 pm Artist Talk
  • 2:20 pm second screening – FREE

Image Credit: Florence Debeugny, loco/ Belcarra Cottages/ Port Moody (stills from video installation), 21 minutes, 2018.