Photograph by Emilie Regnier
Image Title: Untitled, 2017
Paper Dimensions (H x W): 14 x 11 inches
Image Dimensions (H x W): 10 x 7 inches
Medium: Digital Inkjet Print
Year Created: 2017
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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 dimensions 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 reached 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.
Régnier's work has been exhibited in 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's 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.