This exhibition forms part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal
Rafael Goldchain, Familial Ground, 1999-2001|
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, An Indian from India,|
In collaboration with Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, The Liane & Danny Taran Gallery is pleased to present Trading Places,
an exhibition curated by Martha Langford and featuring photo-based work by Michael
Ensminger (USA), Rafael Goldchain (Canada/Chile),
Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan) and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
The work assembled in Trading Places seems at first
glance to be very playful. Each project is built on a simple pretext: Michael
Ensminger is disguised as a homeless person; Rafael Goldchain impersonates his
ancestors; Noritoshi Hirakawa asks Japanese mothers and daughters to exchange
clothes; Annu Palakunnathu Matthew mimes the idiom of Edward S. Curtis portraits.
However, the critical edges of these projects become apparent on closer consideration.
Rituals of trading places are carnivalesque strategies that maintain cultural,
political, racial, economic, and sexual tensions by releasing them temporarily.
The switch – one person assuming another’s identity – is a
reliable comic turn, exploited through the ages by Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde,
Virginia Woolf, and Frank Capra. Trading Places is
a photographic carnival.
For in-depth discussion and debate, come along to the Liane + Danny Taran Gallery
as we host the conference The Self as Other – Photography
and Performance, a panel discussion moderated by exhibition curator
Martha Langford. To be held on Sunday October 16 at 2pm. FREE ADMISSION
Questions? Susannah Wesley, (514) 739-2301 ext. 339, email@example.com