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Guided tour of Angela Grauerholz: Écrins Écrans

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12:30 pm
McIntosh Gallery (MG)

Écrins Écrans
Angela Grauerholz
Curated by Catherine Bédard
Produced by the Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris
November 1 - December 14, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, November 14, 8:00-10:00p.m.

Celebrate International Week at Western! Attend in a guided exhibition tour of Angela Grauerholz: Écrins Écrans, developed by the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France, led by McIntosh Gallery Director James Patten on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:30 p.m.

About the exhibition:
This exhibition presents an ensemble of photographic projects in which individual and collective memory become entangled in magnificent yet somewhat disturbing images. Écrins Écrans presents around forty spare, frameless prints, from a series of colour photographs taken by Grauerholz beginning in 2001.

In her earlier work, Grauerholz resisted optical precision and referential clarity. She used black and white or sepia monochrome to allude to the past with numbed awareness, resulting in a critical distance that precluded identifying too closely with the subject matter. In contrast, this recent work redefines places of remembrance, longing and intimacy with a sort of now distant eye, as if the photographer had lost some privileged, sensitive, or even tactile relationship to the object of her gaze.

Here, the relations between architecture and decoration, places of passage or waiting, and devices to conceal or reveal, invite us to take a look while at the same time forbidding us access. In each of these images, something emerges from the past, from a personal story and from the collective memory. But what is striking in those protected spaces is that although you can write, imagine or project anything on their surfaces – walls, screens, floors – they keep us firmly on the doorstep. This proximity is all the more uncomfortable precisely because we are prohibited from entering and seeing close up.

Image credit: Angela Grauerholz, Light Well. 2014. Printed using inkjet on Hahnemuehle Fine Art paper and mounted on Sintra.

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