Friday, 4 February 2011
Exhibition Opening: Where is Fort McMurray?
As participant collaborators we worked together to discuss visual compositions and narratives, workshop various photographic techniques, share our collected images, theorize the social implications of the photographs, and choose a striking selection of images that work as a set. The set you see before you is considered a snap-shot in time and, as Haraway states above, each image is imbued with a “wonderfully detailed, active and partial way of organizing worlds.” When observing the collection we must also consider the myriad images that were captured but not represented here, as well as the potential in those that were not created. This collection can also be considered as a catalyst for the creation of an online archive of images that work in relation to or as a kind of critical narrative to the images that dominate when one performs an online search of the name Fort McMurray.
Where is Fort McMurray? aims to gain perspective of place and community from the vantage of youth in a local context.
The research project asks two kinds of questions:
a) what are the variety of ways that youth understand and perceive Fort McMurray as a place; and
b) what are the challenges and benefits of using photography as a way for youth to explore and express their experience of place.
These questions function as a cyclical cue-card as you move from image to image, rather than a penultimate statement leading to concretized answers. Instead, the answers are more suggestive: Where is Fort McMurray? asks viewers to internalize and take up the questions themselves and engage in an open and supportive dialogue with creativity through visual representation and conversation with others.
~Youth~ Collaborators and Photographers:
Facilitator, Collaborator, Photographer, Curator:
Andriko J. Lozowy
Andriko J. Lozowy