"Post Mégantic" Exhibit Reception, Artist's Talk, and Book Signing

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Canadian documentary photographer Michel Huneault was awarded a solo show at CDS as part of the Lange-Taylor Prize, which he won in 2015 for "Post Mégantic," his project on a small town in Quebec that was the site of Canada's deadliest train disaster in 150 years. The $10,000 prize supports documentary artists, working alone or in teams, whose extended fieldwork projects rely on the interplay of words and images.

A meditation on loss and mourning, Post Mégantic incorporates photographs, videos, oral histories, and installations to tell the story of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, where on the night of July 6, 2013, a cargo train from North Dakota carrying nearly 8 million liters of shale oil derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and effectively destroying the town. From a population of 6,000, one out of every 128 citizens died. The explosion leveled most of the town center, creating a 400-meter-wide area that is still inaccessible.

Huneault will visit CDS on Thursday, January 12 for a reception, artist's talk, and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

Event Location: 
Center for Documentary Studies
Event Contact: 
CDS Front Desk
Event Contact Phone: 
660-3663