|Current exhibition: Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto
May 7 - June 5, 2010
*Cartes de Visite* is based upon a fictitious traveller/explorer from an ambivalent time. Dressed in the 19th Century clothing, the traveler goes back and forth in the timeline visiting and investigating cultural and historic sites. The photographs are the documentation of his various trips.
In the first series (China 2010) is a set of archival photographs that seem to be taken at various iconic sites of various continents. Further inspection reveals the sites to be merely replicas of the real locations. In fact, the images are all taken in a miniature theme park (Windows of the World) in Shenzhen, China. The situation presents a paradox of double-takes, playing with the ideas of "travel" and "tourism." The layer and the reconstructions question the perception of time, space and identity.
The title of the work, *Cartes de Visite*, refers to the old time "visiting card" popularized the 1900s. In this work the size of the photographs is substantially magnified while the title suggests multiple readings.
Paul Petro Gallery
Grand Canyon, 2010
22.5 x 36"" each
Colour and black and white photography