The Grange Prize

Focus on contemporary international photography

An Aeroplan and Art Gallery of Ontario Partnership

Art Gallery of Ontario Aeroplan

Emmanuelle Léonard

For Emmanuelle Léonard, photographs are expressions of social, cultural and political forces. Working in photography, video, film, animation and even the newspaper format, she engages with the conventions of documentary, press and forensic photography as well as video surveillance. In each new body of work, Emmanuelle questions such tenets as artistic and legal authority, the nature of evidence, and perceptions of beauty. Her works tackle the persuasive nature of the photographic image, how it influences young minds, relays power and performs as unbiased evidence in our justice systems, provoking her viewers to ask who creates photographs, for whom and to what end.


Citizens, Protest, March 15, 2009

National Assembly of Québec

Dirty Business

Statistical Landscape

The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition

On Beauty and Ugliness and Photography

Guard, protect me


Emmanuelle Léonard

Emmanuelle Léonard was born in 1971 in Montreal, Quebec, where she currently lives and works. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Concordia University and an MA in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She has several solo and group exhibitions to her credit, in cities such as Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, Berlin and Paris, and most recently at the Quebec Triennial 2011. Léonard was the 2005 winner of the Prix Pierre-Ayot, which recognizes excellence in the visual arts in Montreal.