Faking Death

Faking Death

Canadian Art Photography and the Canadian Imagination

Book - 2003
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In Faking Death Penny Cousineau-Levine examines the work of over 120 Canadian photographers, revealing important aspects of Canadian identity and imagination. Contrasting Canadian photography with American and European traditions, she shows that Canadian photographers are often preoccupied with a place that is elsewhere, a doubling and duality that also occurs in Canadian literature, film and political life. Subverting the documentary tradition and other stylistic idioms for their own distinctive ends, Canadian photographers exhibit an ambivalent preoccupation with death and dying, bondage, and entrapment. Cousineau-Levine argues that this is characteristically a faked death that expresses a collective Canadian wish for a symbolic passage to national maturity. The book includes 16 colour reproductions and 150 duotones by artists such as Raymonde April, Jeff Wall, Lynne Cohen, Charles Gagnon, Evergon, Michel Lambeth, Thaddeus Holownia, Geoffrey James, Genevi ve Cadieux, Shelley Niro, Diana Thorneycroft, Jin-me Yoon, Ian Wallace, and Ken Lum. This work provides a visual introduction to one of Canada's most vibrant and internationally recognized artistic media.
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2003
ISBN: 9780773525269
0773525262
Branch Call Number: 770.971 Cou
Characteristics: xi, 324 p. : ill. (some col.)

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