Responding to the difficulty inherent in any definitive attempt to grasp photography, artist Colin Miner emphasizes the less determined act of evoking as a model of dialogue and entanglement with the photographic. The exhibition pursues the question “What is photography?” and the ontological anxiety that shadows it through a research and creative practice working to make discourses of displacement visible. The installation draws on research of disturbance regimes, feral boar and photographic systems, while holding onto the certainty of moving—to the practice of poking, prying, roaming, and rooting—as an adaptable way of being that offers scattered remnants of presence and positions. Within the process of wallowing, migration and anxiety, is it possible to attune bodies to unpredictability? Is there a way of being that offers a necessary counter to the accelerated flows of capitalism that drive collective disempowerment in contemporary life?
For more information read The buried image, an essay by writer and independent curator Laura Demers
Opening Reception at Gallery 44 on April 15, 2023 from 1-3PM.
Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
The fugitive and cyclical are ongoing departure points for Colin Miner, whose practice takes form through arrangements of objects and images. Notable exhibitions include The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; 2nd Kamias Triennial, The Philippines; Beijing Center of Art, China. Responsive projects have developed from research into non-human subjectivity at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Treaty 7 Territory; Tambopata National Reserve, Peru; Sloth Island, Guyana; and La Datcha, Berlin. They co-edit moire.ca and facilitate the experimental project space Moire’s Catwalk. Studies on the ontological anxiety of photography lead to a PhD at Western University.