Nic Wilson, A Landscape Photograph in the Land of the Dead, photo documentation by Caeden Wigston, 2023

Though one could assert that all photographs are images of time, none are representations of it. The forces of decay and the movements of the planets, solar radiation, decomposition and recomposition, are traces of a force that may be gestured to but never rendered as a comprehensible whole. Time, itself, evades capture and a photograph is just its wreckage.
—Nic Wilson, “Unseen Forces”

A Landscape Photograph in the Land of the Dead is the second volume in the Writer-in-Residence book series, featuring essays and artwork by Nic Wilson.Wilson's collection examines the complexities of how images operate, their metadata and the bizarre and occult machinations of photography itself. The 124-page publication debuts the new essay, “Somewhere Yet Unknown,” and features an interview between curator Lillian O’Brien Davis and Nic Wilson, annotated by curator, writer and interdisciplinary artist, Blair Fornwald.

Conceived as a collaborative project between Wilson and Art Director/Designer Mark Bennett, the book design responds to the concepts generated during Wilson’s time as 2022 Writer-in-Residence. Through the inclusion of image portfolios, drawings, annotations, documentation photographs and graphic elements, the project crosses into the realm of an artists’ book and takes up the work of seeking out ghosts—examining practices concerning death, memorials and cultural memory. 

Listen as artist and writer, Nic Wilson, reads aloud their series of three essays produced as Writer-in-Residence on G44 Digital.

Nic Wilson (he/they) is an artist and writer who was born in the Wolastoqiyik territory, now known as Fredericton, NB, in 1988. He graduated with a BFA from Mount Allison University, Mi’kmaq territory, in 2012, and an MFA from the University of Regina, Treaty 4 Territory, in 2019 where he was a SSHRC graduate fellow. In 2021, they were long listed for the Sobey Art Award as a representative of the Prairies and the North. Fluent across media, Wilson creates videos, performances and artist books, and writes essays and art criticism. Their work often engages time, queer lineage, decay, and the distance between art practice and literature. Their writing has appeared in publications such as BlackFlash Magazine, Peripheral Review and Border Crossings.

Price $22.00
Date 2023
Publisher Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Design Mark Bennett
Printer Andora Graphics
Size 5 x 7 Inch
Length 124 pp

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