Janieta Eyre, Incarnations – Pierre Blache

[Fall 1997]

by Pierre Blache

Janieta Eyre studied photography at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, and has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto. She lives and works in Toronto. Her work mixes fiction, history, culture, and memory in symbolically charged portraits.

Reality loses its footing in these disturbing scenes, in which the photographer is doubled in what she calls “impossible memories.” Through these images, Eyre reveals how clothing modulates our behaviours and the perceptions that others have of us. The Incarnation series, from which the images presented here are taken, comprises more than sixty photographs.