J’ai pensé à toi. Une collection d’oiseaux.



120 pages

200 copies printed in early spring 2024

Printed in Canada on recycled paper


It is during the last ten years that Mélissa Longpré collected the bodies, feathers and small bones of warblers, sparrows, starlings and other birds victims of natural predators or collisions with windows. At random, friends of the artist contact her with photos of specimens found and details of their location, accompanied by a note: «I thought of you». A sign that the mortality of birds rarely leaves indifferent, the artist also sees in them a form of memento mori, a reminder of the inevitability of our own deaths. She approaches their representation as an opportunity to pay tribute to them and to propose a reflection on their status, between being animated and inanimate, specimen of collection and photography.

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  • Mélissa Longpré is from Carleton-sur-Mer, lives in Montreal and works on different territories that she explores during research-creation residencies. It translates its sensitive relationship to biodiversity and sharpens our attention to life through photography, printed image, specimen collection and the use of organic matter as a medium. Micropublishing is inserted in its practice as an end or complement to the corpora it creates. She holds a certificate in visual arts and a baccalaureate in graphic design from UQAM. Her work has been presented in Quebec and Europe as part of solo and group exhibitions: Occurrence, Hangar 7826, VU, Arprim, Prima Ink/Troms Fylkeskultursenter, Vaste et Vague, Magasin Général, P.U.I/Nantes, Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, and at various events on the photographic book.