National photo collection coming to downtown Sarnia
It’s no small exhibit. The gallery was closed to the public for nearly a month as museum staff prepared every floor in time for the May launch.
“We haven’t done a photography exhibition of this scope and breadth before,” gallery curator Lisa Daniels said. “It’s focused on an important part of Canadian photography; it’s like a historical exhibition almost, right? From 1960 to 2000.”
The photographs vary from grandiose works of art to stunning landscape photographs to quaint snapshots of Canadian culture. Featured are works such as Jin-me Yoon’s Souvenirs of the Self (Lake Louise), showcasing the iconic lake and snow-covered mountains around a lone, stoic individual.
The photographs are meant to educate viewers, Daniels said, and to challenge them to view Canada differently. Some works, such as Edward Burtynsky’s Nickel Tailings #30, are presented as bleak reminders of how Canadians have left their mark on nature.
Burtynsky’s photo is even more stark when mounted near Yoon’s idyllic photo of Lake Louise.
“There’s some pretty impressive pieces in this,” Daniels said.
The exhibit is the second from the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, the then-new Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery showcased the national M.C. Escher exhibit.
The Photography in Canada 1960-2000 exhibit will remain open to the public until Sept. 8, 2019.
By Louis Pin
May 2, 2019