Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Jenna Edwards, The Collection of J. Nickerson, 2007
Jenna Edwards, The Collection of J. Nickerson, 2007
2008 Featured Exhibition

Greg Staats, Jenna Edwards
Accumulated Histories / Disturbance

May 3–June 22, 2008
York Quay Centre
235 Queens Quay W

Jenna Edwards’ series Accumulated Histories
represents eclectic collections of photographs
that have been kept impenetrable and anonymous. By
denying viewers the pleasure of engaging with the
memories that permeate these pictures, attention
is drawn to their physical presence and
photography’s quality as a tangible, 3-D object.
In this series masses of photographs are carefully
stacked to resemble architectural towers that
emphasize the space they occupy and alter the
conventional relationship between an individual
and a photograph. Accumulated Histories
investigates the unique way in which families and
individuals amass memories and the physical space
those images occupy.

Greg Staats is a visual artist who draws on a
traditional Mohawk restorative aesthetic that
defines the multiplicity inherent in
relationships. Disturbance includes eight vitrines
of video and photographic works that provide a
continuum of cultural remembrance. They depict
boreal markers on the Six Nations of the Grand
River territory in southern Ontario – the artist’s
birthplace – and invite the viewer to adapt to the
rhythms of the natural world. These works
represent Staats’ ability to accept the
disturbances of life and landscape as an open door
to growth and change, while gathering strength
from boreal markers that act as an archive of memory.

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