Toronto photographer’s work to be showcased in France for Vimy Ridge commemoration
Critically-acclaimed Toronto photographer Racheal McCaig is the only Canadian artist whose work will be on display at the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Her exhibition, Je Me Souviens: Vimy 100, features photos of the tunnels, gravestones, and the historic monument commemorating the battle where nearly 4,000 Canadians lost their lives and wounded 7,000 others in 1917 – a defining moment for Canada, which deployed all four branches of its military in combat for the first time.
Starting April 1, McCaig’s exhibit will be on display in the library and museum of the northern French town of Givenchy-de-Gothelle, whose mayor had asked the Toronto photographer to be part of the centennial commemoration.
Before putting together her exhibition, McCaig said she knew only the basic facts about the historic event. It wasn’t until a family vacation in Europe, and the photos she took of the memorial during her vacation, that she was eventually drawn into the project.
McCaig’s photos, comprising 24 images of the Vimy monument and trenches, will be on display at Givenchy-en-Gothelle and Paris, before coming to Canada in June.
“Racheal’s work is particularly original, because it shows pictures from a different angle than we usually see…The originality is what attracted us,” says Benoit Scatkowski, president of the Givenchy 2017 Year of Canada committee in France.