Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette to be spokesperson for the 11th edition of

World Press Photo Montréal and presents

an exhibit on Syrian refugees in Montréal

Event presented from August 31st to October 2nd at Bonsecours Market


Montréal, June 16th, 2016 — Author and director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette will be spokesperson for the next edition of World Press Photo Montréal, presented from August 31st to October 2nd at the Bonsecours Market. At the same time, this multidisciplinary artist has free reign to showcase her own exhibit dedicated to Syrian refugees recently arrived in Montréal. Award winner of the Prix des libraires in May 2016 for her novel, La femme qui fuit (Marchand de feuilles), Anaïs’ exhibit sheds light on the realities of newly arrived Syrians in the city and how many Montrealers stepped up to the plate, encouraging and alleviating their integration.


Showcased as a series of portraits, this exhibit is made in collaboration with photographer, Guillaume Simoneau, member of the Montreal-based collective, Consulat. “The mission and scope of World Press touches on several of my preoccupations. For this reason, I am particularly pleased to collaborate on the content of the event with a perspective, at once complementary, local and universal”, says Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette.


Born in 1979, Artiste pour la Paix (artist for peace) 2012, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, directed several feature-length documentaries, praised time and again, including Les Petits princes des bidonvilles (2000), Si j'avais un chapeau (2006), Les Petits géants (2010, Gémeaux recepient) and Se souvenir des cendres. The later followed the adventures of the film Incendies by Denis Villeneuve and took home the Gémeaux for Best Documentary in 2010 along with Le plancher des vaches (2014).


She directed two fiction films, Le Ring (2008) and Inch'allah (2012, Fipresci Prize in Berlin). She is the author of the travel chronicles, Embrasser Yasser Arafat (2011) and novels, Je voudrais qu'on m'efface (2010) and La femme qui fuit, achieving critical and public acclaim in 2015. This spring 2016, along with Émile Proulx Cloutier, she presented the scenic documentary, Pôle Sud at the Espace libre theatre.


Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s World Press exhibit, its name to be revealed in August, will be presented on the Commune Hall mezzanine. Produced by Arkar, the 11th Montréal edition of the international World Press Photo exhibit to be held at the Bonsecours Market will showcase the 150 laureate photos of the year. Often compared to the Oscars of photography, the World Press Photo is the most prestigious annual competition of professional photography in the world and proposes an overview of the year’s major events, divided into eight (8) categories.





Having welcomed over 50 000 visitors in 2015, this emblematic exhibit that kicks of Montréal’s cultural season invites guests to discover some parallel exhibitions like that of Oxfam-Québec, back for its fourth year. Covering social and economic inequalities worldwide, this 2016 exposé addresses the issues and repercussions of tax havens in the world economic ecosystem, in correlation with their campaign, “In search of billions lost”.


About World Press Photo Foundation

Founded in 1955, World Press Photo is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Amsterdam. The foundation is committed to develop and encourage the highest standards in photojournalism and documentaries worldwide. In the course of the year, its exhibition travels around a hundred cities in over 45 countries. World Press Photo benefits from the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery and is sponsored worldwide by Canon.


About World Press Photo Montréal

Produced by Arkar, World Press Photo Montréal is an annual exposition held at the Bonsecours Market in partnership with Oxfam-Québec, ICI RDI, LaPresse+, Newad and La Vitrine Culturelle, and in collaboration with, Urbania, Publicité Sauvage, MTL Blog, Place d’Armes Hotel, Glutenberg and  Photosynthèse. The SDC Vieux-Montréal also supports World Press Photo Montréal.


Useful info: World Press Photo Montréal

Everyday from August 31st to October 2nd, 2016 at the Bonsecours Market (Old Montréal)

From 10am to 10pm: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday

From 10am to midnight (night time): Thursday, Friday and Saturday | #wppmtl | Facebook | Instagram