The Kiev photo series takes is name from a camera, the Soviet-made Kiev 60, bought in a used camera shop in Saint Petersburg. Signs of the creative process—staging, lighting, accessories—are visible in the images in this series, which is meant to be a study of the photographic object, a kind of stance in favour of materiality.
Éliane Excoffier holds a BA in visual arts and art history since 1996, and lives and works in Montreal. Her work has been shown at the Musée régional de Rimouski (Éliane Excoffier: Bilan 1996-2009), the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto (Kiev, 2009), the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (Sublime démesure, 2009), Galerie Simon Blais in Montreal (Kiev, 2008), Théâtre de la Photographie et de l’Image in Nice (Enfants de Cartier – Photographie contemporain canadienne, 2007), and Centre VU in Quebec City (Obscures – série no 2, 2006). Her works are included in several collections, among them the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Bank of Canada, Loto-Québec, Giverny Capital, and the Collection Prêt d’œuvres d’art of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.