Picturing Canadian citizenship in the Black Star Collection

Throughout the month of June, I had the pleasure of working in the Black Star agency’s collection at the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) through their Elaine Ling Fellowship. During that time, I looked through more than 3,300 photographs in the collection, as part of the early stages of a five-year research project that examines how citizenship was pictured in Canada between 1900 and 1948. The goal of this fellowship was to investigate how citizenship emerged as a photographable subject in Canada, alongside representations of race and ethnicity, and to examine how representations of Canadian citizenship responded to the visual cultures of civil rights, immigration and nationalist belonging that circulated in American and international newspapers during the same period.

Out now: New Documents’ book, Jon Rafman, “Nine Eyes”

I could not be more pleased to be included in this just-released monograph on the work of the brilliant, Sobey-nominated Jon Rafman, edited by Kate Steinmann and brought to you by New Documents (some of the same folks behind Fillip). My 2011 essay, “Exhaustive...

“Stopping the Sun in its Course,” reviewed for Canadian Art

I spent a month in Los Angeles this summer, and though I was technically on vacation, managed to see a number of shows in the city, most of which meditated in some way on poetry: or, at the very least, the role of language in meaning-making. While many of them left me...