Toni Hafkenscheid

Toronto-based Hafkenscheid explores the surreal quality of famed tourist destinations. Although his photographs depict actual landscapes, they create, through use of in-camera focus and exposure techniques, the illusion of model train sets or architectural maquettes. Transforming monuments of social weight into delicate, intricate toys, he simultaneously deflates and exacerbates their iconic power, challenging viewers to consider how these architectures shape our sense of identity, place, politics, and consciousness.