As she travelled from place to place, de Groot adopted the attitude of a picker or gatherer. She harvested images, objects, and stories about the archipelago, the sea, the coast, and the interior. The Subsistances project is thus based on listening to a variety of human experiences, paying attention to natural phenomena specific to the region, and allowing linkages to emerge.
The collection of visual and text elements harvested as the seasons passed, what we call the “sea bed” of the project, is composed of photographs taken in the field, excerpts from interviews, quotations from books, archival documents, and video clips that embody different relationships with the land and as many different ways to describe them. It is the encounter of these elements, disparate at first glance, that raises questions that inspired de Groot’s project and the communities of Minganie.
Acknowledgement & Credits
Thank you to everyone who lent their voice to this collection: Adèle Bellefleur, Étienne Belles-Isles, Michèle Boucher, Samuel Boucher, Luc Bourque, Christophe Buidin, Ghislaine Charland, Chavin Chavez, Jean-Marc Collin, Claudie Cormier, Geneviève Cormier, Jean-Jules Cormier, Rachel Cormier, François Côté, Guy Côté, Josiane Côté, Nathalie de Grandpré, Huguette Déraps, Delvina Devost, Gérard Devost, Jacques Devost, Steve Dubreuil, Louise Dupont, Caroline Dupuis, Marie-Ève Gagnon, Katy Gavrilchuck, Chantal Harvey, Sarah Haverstock, Cynthia Ishpatao, Audrey-Ann Ishpatao Malec, Aimé Jomphe, Alex Jomphe, Charles Kavanagh, Johnny Napish, John John Malec, Noëlla Mestokosho, Priscille Mestokosho, Rita Mestokosho, Lydia Mestokosho-Paradis, Michel Métivier, Julie Plante, Pierre Miegueu, Rémy Morisset, Jean-Christophe Ouellet, Sébastien Renard, Yann Rochepault, Sylvain Roy, Pierre Saint-Hilaire, Pauline Vachon, Marie-Andrée Vaillancourt, Pierrot Vaillancourt, Yvon Tanguay, Yann Troutet.
A very special thanks to Charlotte Lalou Rousseau, for her careful reading of all of this material.