The publication extends the ideas embodied in Freda Guttman’s installation Cassandra: An Opera in Four Parts first exhibited at OBORO in 1995. The three authors address the meaning of voice.
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The introductory essay points to transformations in public discourses on art in Canada during the last forty years. In addition, critical texts propose an alternative to the historiography of the eighteen works in the exhibition which include films, videos, documentaries and television programmes produced between 1957 and 1996.
Marie-Michèle Cron presents the installation House/Boat shown at OBORO. Her essay focuses on elements of the work that suggest dislocation.
This publication contextualises the work of Cathy Sisler in the current artistic practice of distorting images and twisting personalities. Illustrated with Sisler’s drawings and video images.
Valaskakis’s essay proposes an analysis of historical and contemporary images of Indian princesses while Burgess examines the myths of the cowgirl in North American culture. Belmore’s bookwork was created especially for the publication.
Ross discusses the themes of identity, communication and visibility in five of Henricks’ video works. Video descriptions by the artist.