northern journeys…

Distance is measured differently in places where the land is wide with many spaces mostly populated by more than human others. In Northern Ontario where I grew up, we could visit our neighbours two hundred kilometers away for lunch and be home later that day for supper. Now I live in Toronto where driving a mere ninety kilometers north constitutes a road trip. Recently I was north again, to participate as a mentor on workshops about knowledge mobilization and multi-media, produced by Docs North in Thunder Bay, home of the Bay Street Film Festival, and some of us there had a conversation about how distance is embodied in the north for those who live there, and still for those of us who went south …

NORTHLAND-Red Motel, 2004                             “Red Motel” (2005) from the series Northland.

photography at Contact 2013

Abject Transformations

2-person photography exhibition for Contact Photography Festival.

Arcadia Art Gallery, 680 Queens Quay West, Toronto.  May 10-26, 2013.  Edie Steiner and Victoria Piersig explore sites of old industries along the Great Lakes, historic reminders of the labour capital that once shaped the nation.

Image: “Jackfish #1” (2012), from the visual essay “Among the Ruins”, by Edie Steiner.