Robert Morin

"Basically, I don't see much difference between the two [documentary and fiction in his work]. Even in a classic documentary, people engage in their own fictions. And even the most trivial fictions document an aspect of reality. What I often do is instill doubt in the spectator's mind, doubt concerning both form and substance." (2000)

Robert Morin has contributed to the film and video scene for over 30 years. Early in his career, he sought to ensure creative independence by founding, with other artists, the Coop Vidéo de Montréal. His 30 or so short, medium and feature-length works have earned him numerous national and international prizes and special mentions.

In 1991, Morin and Lorraine Dufour received the Canada Council for the Arts' Bell Canada Prize in video art. His work has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, primarily in France and Canada. In 2002, Vidéographe, in collaboration with Coop Vidéo de Montréal, released a DVD box set of his video works, entitled The Videomaker's Journey (1976-1997). He is currently filming his latest project, Journal d'un coopérant, in Burundi. Robert Morin lives in Montréal. In 2009 he was the winner of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Photo: Martin Lipman