Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Toni Hafkenscheid, Father and Son, Grand Canyon, 2006
Toni Hafkenscheid, Father and Son, Grand Canyon, 2006
2008 Featured Exhibition

Toni Hafkenscheid, Louise Noguchi
Confabulation / Shanghai Dragon

April 26–May 31, 2008
Birch Libralato
129 Tecumseth St

In Confabulation, Toni Hafkenscheid
fabricates a
suite of fantasized childhood memories to replace
his less than idyllic real life recollections. The
artist is engaged with the way that family
snapshots function as a repository for memory and
how a viewer might reconstruct the past by looking
at his work. Hafkenscheid photographs perfect
moments, mostly of people basking in wondrous
scenery while enjoying their vacations. The
knowledge that these memories do not belong to the
photographer creates an intense sense of
melancholic longing. Confabulation poses the
question: “If photography is a surrogate for
memory, can you falsify memory by creating fake
family snapshots?”


In Shanghai Dragon, Louise Noguchi uses
elements
of photography and installation to explore
“heroic” landscapes found within Hollywood action
films – the places where heroes dwell and seek
inspiration. Her work relates to cinematic spaces
that seem uncannily familiar, because they already
exist within our collective memory of popular
culture. One source of inspiration has been
western cowboy films, which often use the unusual
land formations that occur within places such as
Arizona for film sets. These otherworldly spaces
are addressed in Noguchi’s recent work, which
incorporates references from classic cult movies
such as Enter the Dragon, Star Wars
and The Lady
From Shanghai
.

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Photography Festival

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