THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
Organized and circulated by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
January 14 to March 10, 2002
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the exhibition Shifting Sites, featuring the work of some of Canada’s most exciting upcoming photographic artists, taking place in our galleries from January 24 to March 10, 2002. Employing diverse, unusual and innovative approaches to photography, Yves Arcand, Rosaura Guzman Clunes, Susan Coolen, Janieta Eyre, Romona Ramlochand, Eugenie Shinkle, Greg Staats, Andrea Szilasi, and Joanne Tremblay push the boundaries of the medium, literally sculpting, quilting and weaving fragments together in order to create new representations of the land and the body.
Photography has an endless capacity to represent and re-represent the world, and the idea that an essential form or aspect of a subject is captured in the photograph has informed much photographic practice. Other photographers, however, have explored the notion that the photograph can only depict a fragment of what is experienced. Many of the works in this exhibition present a fragmented vision of the world. A singular, harmonious vision is rejected in favour of multiple, sometimes competing, points of view. In effect, these artists use varying methods of representation in order to express their understanding of the complexity of modern life. Using pieces of snapshots, multiple views, staged images, and images drawn from popular media, they construct works that reflect their understanding of the world around them. They wish to demonstrate that a sense of place and identity must be created through the assembling of fragments, a process that allows for only a provisional understanding of the world at best.
Shifting Sites is organized and circulated by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an essay by CMCP assistant curator Andrea Kunard, available in English and Fench.
For information please contact:
Camilla Singh, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (416) 395-7430
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 12-5 p.m. Admission FREE
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