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Walter Benjamin (1982-1940) ‘The Author as Producer’

“For greater clarity let me concentrate on photographic reportage. Whatever applies to it is transferable to the literary form. Both owe their extraordinary development to publication techniques – radio and the illustrated press. Let us think back to Dadaism. The revolutionary strength of Dadaism lay in testing art for its authenticity. You made still-lifes out […]

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Artist Talk: Soheila Sokhanvari

Soheila Sokhanvari originally took a biochemistry degree, finding that this was not the route that she wanted to take. Her path took her through to a BA and MA at Goldsmiths. A quote that she felt like resonated with her work and mindset was; “To understand me, You’ll have to swallow the world” – Salman […]

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Re-viewing Modernist Criticism, Mary Kelly

Paradox of photography – Edelman. For the law of property in the nineteenth century, which ascertained that the image could only be property to the extent that it was mixed with subject, that is, represented and transformed through his creative labour. Although it can now be legally maintained that a creative subject and his purpose […]

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Henry Moore and Sherry Levine

Henry Moore was a sculptor, who took on Sherry Levine as an apprentice where he taught them to photograph the sculpture pieces in a specific way. There was the element of being able to see the work through Moore’s eyes that Levine had to learn, which is evident in the photography work that was subsequently […]

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Jo Spence

Jo Spence used photography to capture stages of life, looking at the way people think of words written in objects and signs, and her journey through living with cancer. Her photographs take you to the heart of the problem, putting it directly in front of you with the social queues pointing towards it. The journey […]

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John Timberlake

John Timberlake corrects our oversight, making powerful arguments for science fiction as a visual discourse. There is an element of surreal within the photographs as you are unaware of whether you are looking at a real planet, or a made up one. Timberlake focuses on ‘imaginary topos’ of science fiction, drawing on the intersection between […]

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Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand alters perception in his photography and three-dimensional models. These look like real images of rooms, often sites that we recognise and hold social or political meanings to, but they are not real. Each model is made out of paper and cardboard to replicate those spaces. Photography was used as a part of the […]

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Barbara Brown and Cynthia O’Brien

Barbara Brown and Cynthia O’Brien come together in a collaboration working on a combination of artistic vision. Both artists work in different mediums, but ‘both employ the changing beauty and delicacy of plants and flowers as a commemorative act and as an observance of transience, loss, remembrance, decline and rejuvenation in all living things’. The […]

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Tiffany April

Tiffany April is a current MFA student at the University of Ottawa whose work looks at the alien and unknown through painting, video and installation. The pieces work in conjunction with each other to produce a sense of calmness and an almost out-of-this-world experience. The soft palette of her paintings with the dispersing light from the […]

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Joi Arcand

Joi Arcand uses the almost lost written language of Cree as a message giver in an aesthetically beautiful form with cultural significance. There is a play on how language appears on street signs and shop windows, and the expectation that western societies hold. With depictions of how the world would look like in the Cree […]