Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Tim Roda, Untitled #150, 2007, black & white photograph on fiber matte paper, 33
Tim Roda, Untitled #150, 2007
2008 Featured Exhibition

Tim Roda
Family Album

May 3–24, 2008
Angell Gallery
1444 Dupont St, Unit 15

Tim Roda's photographs combine private memory with
invented history to construct a broken narrative
about personal identity and intergenerational
relations. This work draws upon his eccentric
upbringing in a working class immigrant family, as
well as his present day family. Roda creates rich
tableaux full of shoddy props and enigmatic
symbols that add up to a fractured family theatre.


Roda’s ongoing project has gained momentum over
the years, assuming the form of a beguiling family
picture album that acknowledges its artifice, yet
presents a "truth" that resonates more strongly
than a reenactment of memory. His vision - devoid
of sugar-coated nostalgia and bittersweet irony -
is characterized by a pervasive sense of the
absurd that is punctuated by notes of foreboding
uncertainty, longing and baffling humour. The work
delights, frightens and taunts. It confuses moods
and eras. It promises a glimpse of the artist and
his loved ones only to contradict itself at the
next turn. Lost amidst the bric-a-brac, DIY
aesthetic of his imagery, we feel gently duped,
yet never left craving something more "real". It
is easy to forgive the deceitfulness of these
photographs, if only because the artist seems to
forgive the personal pain and perplexity suggested
in his work.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.