Born in Québec in 1980, Yann Pocreau lives and works in Montréal. Through photography, he explores the strong presence of site and subject, and how they are intimately related. In his most recent musings, he takes an interest in light as a living subject and its effect on the narrative of his images. Pocreau has participated in several Canadian, American and European exhibitions. His work has been documented in a variety of magazines (CV, Canadian Art, Spirale, OVNI, Next Level-UK, etc.) and is featured in the collections of the National Bank of Canada, Hydro-Québec, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec’s Prêt d’œuvres d’art, City of Montreal’s collection and in several private collections.
Archéologies is situated in the visual opening to the river from the parvis of the Maison de la culture de Verdun, Le Quai 5160. The work is presented as a simple, dynamic form, freely inspired by the iron pyrite geological structure on the bank of the river. It is composed of two interlocking cubes placed in balance on the oversized replica of an arrowhead the original of which was found on a nearby site and is probably 5,500 years old.
The lower cube and the arrowhead are made of bronze, and the upper cube is made of stainless steel. The surface treatment of the latter cube refers to the river’s motion. An embossed fossil is embedded in the bronze of the lower cube.
By its reflective nature, the sculpture is subtly integrated into the landscape and harmonizes with the architecture. Archéologies invites viewers to remember that the riverbanks of Verdun once extended beyond their current limits and revives the memory of the history of peoples and the land they inhabited. This is the first work of public art by Yann Pocreau included in the municipal collection.