29 August 2012

LAMENT: 07 September - 20 October 2012

LAMENT: for altered, erased, and lost histories
    07 September - 20 October 2012

Opening Reception + Artist Conversation with Jason Lazarus + Evergon
   Friday 07 September   7PM

Curator's Tour
    Saturday 20 October   3PM
PLATFORM  centre for photographic + digital arts is pleased to present the cornerstone exhibition in our thematic programming year, where we are exploring artists use of collections and archiving with an idea toward to palimpsest or re-writable text as a way to discuss photography. LAMENT : for altered, erased, and lost histories is curated by J.J. Kegan McFadden and  features film, photography, installation, and video by artists from Canada, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom, including: Evergon (Montreal, PQ), Chris Curreri (Toronto, ON), Shawna Dempsey + Lorri Millan (Winnipeg, MB),  Jenna Edwards (Toronto, ON), Tess Hurrell (London, UK), Jason Lazarus (Chicago, IL), and Cody Trepte (Los Angeles, CA).

        The photograph, the image burned onto the paper surface as a means to keep forever a document for our collective memory is fallible. Employing a series of minimalist as well as fantastical strategies, the artists in LAMENT play with the supposed infallibility of the archived image from various perspectives. When considered together, the work in this exhibition suggest alternate strategies of how a photograph may offer information, and conversely how such information contained in the image may be presented as well as altered, erased, and perhaps lost.

    As the banner exhibit for PLATFORM’s palimpsest year, LAMENT questions the failure of photography as a record of things remembered. Through provocative and poetic gestures, the work in this exhibit forces a re-reading of how we understand history and historical accuracy (if such a concept even exists), and ultimately privileges the experiential over the record.

                                                           - McFadden, curatorial synopsis

Please join us for the opening reception + Conversation with the Artists: Friday 07 September, beginning at 7PM. Refreshments will be served.
PLATFORM wishes to acknowledge the support of its membership, board of directors, volunteers, and staff. Operating support for The Centre is provided by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. Project Assistance for LAMENT has been provided by the Canada Council for the Arts. The work in LAMENT is provided courtesy of the artists and their respective representatives:  Galerie Trois Points and Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

For more information about this exhibition or other PLATFORM programming, please contact the Centre directly:
PLATFORM | 121-100 Arthur Street [Artspace Building] | Winnipeg, Manitoba | R3B 1H3 | 204.942.8183 | www.platformgallery.org

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