“Photography and Self-Fashioning” workshop at the AGO

It has been a good year for seeing photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario: first, there was Associate Curator Sophie Hackett's two-part meditation on the gallery's permanent photo collection, "Light My Fire," an elegant, thoughtful and often surprising overview of...

Open Sesame Critics Forum, April 26 at LUFF

I've been thinking a lot about live or performative criticism lately: ways to try to move critical discourse away from its seemingly inevitable destination as printed or posted words, into another space that might be more fleeting, more experimental and more social....

Stephen Shore reviewed in esse

Despite my best efforts to say "no" to any writing jobs that are not my dissertation in 2013–14, there are sometimes exhibitions that still catch me off-guard and are so memorable, or perplexing, that it seems I can't not write about them. That's how it felt when I...

Ariella Azoulay, on privileged citizenship

“Breaking out of this circular relationship [where victims are always the ones pictured as victims and must demand rights in the face of their violation, and where perpetrators and the laws responsible for these violations are never directly pictured] requires that we...

Not Reading Nor Looking at Prefix ICA, Dec. 12

When I first began thinking about how to run a looking group, I had always hoped to do a session on images that were not really photographs: scenes produced by a camera, but rarely reproduced or circulated and instead largely known through textual and verbal...

One Person’s Play is Another Person’s Work

"The effects of the ‘digital revolution’ have been analysed for the most part in terms of their effects on individual consumers, rather than from the perspective of the pressures exerted on those charged with their production" (Harry Sanderson, "Human Resolution,"...

“Always Working” in Fillip 18

Last month marked the publication of Fillip 18, featuring a specially edited section that seeks to extend the conversations about representing the conditions of labour in contemporary art that began last year with an exhibition I curated for Access Gallery, "Always...

Art Spin Rickshaw Residency

Some invitations are just too wonderfully strange to pass up. That was the case when, last month, Casey Hinton invited me to participate in the July edition of Art Spin as their first writer-in-residence as part of her new Rickshaw Residency program. The idea was to...