Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Erin Whittier, The Goodness of Being (Crossroads), 2017. Archival pigment print on vellum, 11 × 17.
Erin Whittier, The Goodness of Being (Crossroads)
Erin Whittier, The Goodness of Being (Finding the Places Where My Body Fits Into Yours), 2017. Archival pigment print on vellum, 11 × 17.
Erin Whittier, The Goodness of Being (Finding the Places Where My Body Fits Into Yours)
Erin Whittier, In This Very Time That Is Space, This Very Space That Is Time, 2018, Video Still.
Erin Whittier, In This Very Time That Is Space, This Very Space That Is Time
Erin Whittier, In This Very Time That Is Space, This Very Space That Is Time, 2018. Video still.
Erin Whittier, In This Very Time That Is Space, This Very Space That Is Time
2018 Featured Exhibition

Erin Whittier
Full of Holes

May 3–27, 2018
Ryerson Artspace
1214 Queen St W

Empathy, openness, slowness, and vulnerability—Full of Holes rejects capitalism and its aggressive commodification of the soul; in return, it explores an alternative mode of being, focusing on simple, slow living, and rewilding the self, by deeply and honestly reconnecting with the natural world, other species, and one another. It asks for a revolution, toward intricate sensitivity, radical love, collaboration, and vigorous engagement with the world—to make one’s self so receptive, so decidedly open that one becomes porous, becomes a body full of holes, for through these holes the light gets in.

Using photographs, video, installations of poetic text, illustrations, found oddities, and salvaged sculptures, interdisciplinary artist Erin Whittier looks to the land as teacher. Intently listening to learn, or rather, unlearn, how to be, she finds that the animate earth is full of mirrors and echoes, which advocate intersectional, decolonial, and sustainable coexistence: mirrors, to be inspired by, in the reclaiming of skills, and the construction of more hopeful futurities. Her work asks viewers to consider and respect the inherent value and life in all things—cows, stones, rivers—and peer into the interconnectedness, all those entwined energies, that make up the web of the world.

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Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
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