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This issue features three artists, with three aesthetic position- ings, who share an ironic distancing. One, more scholarly, builds on strata of cultural history; the second, more narrative, fashions, with small strokes, a self-fiction with existential echoes; the last, more direct, affirms the subjectivity of a framing, a gaze. What is it exactly about the visible and the invisible? What wisdom do we need to live better? And what do all these little things that are derailed say about the state of the world?
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A new piece has been published in Ciel variable’s online section on documentary photography. Read Pierre Dessureault’s review of photographer Yoanis Menge’s involvement with communities in Iqaluit and Pond Inlet, Nunavut, and Salluit, Nunavik.

Yoanis Menge

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Justin Wonnacott, Pictures of Art – Laurent Vernet, An Oblique Gaze at Artworks in Public Spaces

Justin Wonnacott, Pictures of Art – Laurent Vernet, An Oblique Gaze at Artworks in Public Spaces

July 6, 2021 [originally published in CV108 in Winter 2018] — “Obsession”: that’s the word that photographer Justin Wonnacott uses to explain his ambitious project Pictures of Art (Images d’art). The subject of this series, which numbers 350 images to date, is the artworks found in public spaces and sites (monuments, works of public art and works integrated with architecture, graffiti) in the National Capital Region….

Gabor Szilasi, The Art World in Montreal, 1960‒1980 – Zoë Tousignant, On Emotion and the Photographic Archive

Gabor Szilasi, The Art World in Montreal, 1960‒1980 – Zoë Tousignant, On Emotion and the Photographic Archive

June 29, 2021 [originally published in CV108 in Winter 2018] — Photographer Gabor Szilasi was born in Hungary in 1928 and immigrated to Canada in 1957. Soon after settling in Montreal, Szilasi began to photograph the many art openings that he and his wife, artist Doreen Lindsay, regularly attended…

Photography in Canada, 1960–2000, From Photographic Art to the World of Images – Pierre Dessureault

Photography in Canada, 1960–2000, From Photographic Art to the World of Images – Pierre Dessureault

June 22, 2021 [originally published in French only in CV108 in Winter 2018] — It seems less and less possible to analyze photography and photographic history without talking about production protocols, dissemination strategies, and contexts for conservation and display in public collections. Andrea Kunard situates her undertaking in regard to this position from the start…

Contact 2017, Focus on Canada – Jill Glessing

Contact 2017, Focus on Canada – Jill Glessing

June 15, 2021 [originally published in French only in CV108 in Winter 2018] —
Promotion for “Canada 150” – marking the inception of the colonial enterprise of the “Dominion of Canada” and its unequal union with Quebec – was tepid, perhaps foretelling the inevitable response: a hundred and fifty years old – really? The land, of course, had been inhabited a little longer than that – about twelve thousand years – by Indigenous peoples…

Alain Laframboise, Le regard du spectre – Florence Chantoury-Lacombe

Alain Laframboise, Le regard du spectre – Florence Chantoury-Lacombe

June 8, 2021 [originally published in French only in CV108 in Winter 2018] — You can read it by switching over to the French version of this page.

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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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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