The Drawing Room presents an exhibition by Edmonton-born visual artist and wanderer Catalina, Notions of Space and Time before she returns to Europe to focus on developing her photography. In this collection of mostly Polaroid photographs, Catalina studies how culture and identity inform each other. “By documenting a person posed in a certain space,” she says, “I am communicating the identity of the person as well as the location, in order to memorialize the moment and understand the fluid and reciprocal nature of the subject and their environment.”
Exhibition runs through July 10
Opening at The Drawing Room on June 25, 2015
Artist Talk at 6 p.m.
Reception at 8pm
Admission $5 or pay what you can
As a student, I participated in off-campus exchanges in Paris and Lisbon that became the catalysts for Notions of Space and Time. The subjects in my photographs are positioned in particular spaces, in order to exploit the history and culture of the city or country and identify how a community thinks about itself. By documenting a person posed in a certain space, I strive to communicate the identity of the person and of the location. Knowing the history of a place gives insight to the culture, as the choices and the consequences of the past give context to what is occurring in the present.
Portraits provide a method to connect with someone else. When I meet a person, I see something in them I feel I have the ability to bring out that is specific to the relationship we share. Photography therefore becomes incredibly important, as we catch fleeting glimpses of relationships – relationships with people and with our surroundings. This speaks to the central theme of my practice, and of photography in general, which is the memento mori. There are about 30 photographs in this exhibition, however as I continue to travel, the work grows and evolves.
The process for this concept is to search for ways to document people, or traces of people in their environment. My objective is to understand the way a culture feels about itself. This work is about understanding people. However, my role in the person’s life is combined with the role of her environment, and my goal is to document all of these subjects informing each other.
Catalina is a visual artist born in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2013 she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a major in photography. During the course of her education, she had the opportunity to develop her work while participating in two off-campus exchanges. The first at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and the second at the Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual in Lisbon.
Catalina has shown her work across Canada and in Europe, and has been published internationally as well. Until recently she was working for the Library and Archives Canada as a digital imaging technician, and is now preparing to return to Europe to focus on photography.
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