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Always on the lookout for recent photographic publications, Ciel variable is inaugurating a new section of its website with a series on photobooks by Quebec artists published in 2020 and 2021 that have drawn the attention of our contributor, Louis Perreault.

Ciel variable’s online section devoted to documentary photography is enhanced by a new publication. Read Johanna Mizgala’s review of the project that Tim Franco built from his encounter with “deserters” from North Korea.

Tim Franco

Between issues, Ciel variable keeps an eye out for what’s happening here and there – under our sky and other skies. There’s always something happening in the wild and wonderful worlds of photography, image, and other forms of expression! Here, we share some high points of what’s being created and disseminated.

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On Newsstands

The thematic section in this issue presents three exhibitions that show how photography can contribute to shaping a critical vision of the world. The first sets out to offer an overall sense of the changes affecting global civilization. The second contrasts traditional photography with its mutant, digital, and interactive form. The third is the career of a photography critic whose vision is fed by the act of collecting.

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Recently added to the Archives

Discover recent online content. New entries are added every week. Join us on Twitter to be kept up to date.

Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics, Freedom Rocks: The Everyday Life of the Berlin Wall – Jill Glessing, The Mobile Ruin and The Labour of Commemoration

Blake Fitzpatrick and Vid Ingelevics, Freedom Rocks: The Everyday Life of the Berlin Wall – Jill Glessing, The Mobile Ruin and The Labour of Commemoration

December 1, 2021 [originally published in CV109 in Summer 2018 ] — Movement is elemental to existence. Since we made our slow crawl from sea to land we’ve been “on the road” seeking better environments. But another force – territorialism – counters that drive and stems our free flow with walls, great and small…

Charles Gagnon | Emmanuelle Léonard, Le huitième jour – Pierre Dessureault, Expo 67: The Christian Pavilion and Le huitième jour

Charles Gagnon | Emmanuelle Léonard, Le huitième jour – Pierre Dessureault, Expo 67: The Christian Pavilion and Le huitième jour

November 17, 2021 [originally published in CV109 in Summer 2018 ] — At Expo 67, a huge celebration of human progress and great festival of the image in all of its technological and expressive possibilities, the Christian Pavilion designed by Charles Gagnon offered a counterpoint to the event’s sea of triumphant optimism….

Carol Sawyer, The Natalie Brettschneider Archive – Ariane Noël de Tilly, Between Fiction and Reality: How to Shed Light
on Artists Who Have Been Left in the Shadows

Carol Sawyer, The Natalie Brettschneider Archive – Ariane Noël de Tilly, Between Fiction and Reality: How to Shed Light
on Artists Who Have Been Left in the Shadows

November 10, 2021 [originally published in CV109 in Summer 2018 ] — For twenty years, Vancouver artist Carol Sawyer has constructed a speculative history around her character Natalie Brettschneider, through whom she has introduced the art practices of a number of previously overlooked artists who developed within alternative circles…

The Arab Image Foundation through Akram Zaatari’s Eyes: Or, Variations on the Theme of Photography
 – Claudia Polledri

The Arab Image Foundation through Akram Zaatari’s Eyes: Or, Variations on the Theme of Photography
 – Claudia Polledri

November 3, 2021 [originally published in CV109 in Summer 2018 ] — According to Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari, photography is expressed in many ways. This is the message of his exhibition, Against Photography: An Annotated History of the Arab Image Foundation, a kaleidoscopic journey, through stories and images…

After Jonathan Monk
, Exhibition Views as Augmented Reality
 – Marie J. Jean

After Jonathan Monk
, Exhibition Views as Augmented Reality
 – Marie J. Jean

Octobre 26, 2021 [originally published in CV109 in Summer 2018 ] — Exhibition views have taken on an increasingly important role since museum specialists began featuring them in exhibitions. Originally placed under glass, following a documentary protocol introduced via museology, this form of documentation has gradually come to be displayed on walls, occasionally ascribed the status of artwork…

Mourning the untimely loss of a dear friend and art writer, James D. Campbell, photographer Ewa Monika Zebrowski has created a narrative that considers the impermanence of life, as reflected in images of a Mediterranean island.

Ewa Monika Zebrowski. now & beyond. An homage to James D. Campbell

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