Photographs by Steve Wadden
9 September - 12 November 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, 8 September, 8 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, 21 October, 3 pm
In Forged, photographer Steve Wadden documents the steel-working neighbourhood of Whitney Pier, Cape Breton. Shot over a ten-year period, the photographs document an era of sharp economic downturn in the region, following the closure of Sydney’s steel plant on its 100th anniversary in 2001. Forged records the city’s devastation and re-construction in the years following economic collapse and documents the community’s cultural responses to the city’s changing circumstances, while preserving the memories of steel-working’s heyday.
About the artist:
Steve Wadden is an award-winning photojournalist based in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Wadden's photos have been featured in VICE, MacLean's Magazine, Buzzfeed, Reader's Digest, Globe and Mail, Canadian Press and Reuters. In late 2012, Steve shifted his focus towards producing long-term photo documentaries, and found a mentor in National Geographic contributing photographer Randy Olson. Today, his work continues to grow and evolve - driven by his passion for life and devotion to inspire others through the power of photography. Wadden is the recipient of two Arts Nova Scotia grants, Creation Grant (2014) and Production Grant (2017). http://www.stevewaddenphoto.com/
Patti & Lawrence - a Prismatic event
On view: 9 September - 12 November 2017
Artist Talk & Reception: Saturday, 16 September, 3 pm
Patti & Lawrence is a video projection by Paul Wong that uses found images and personal film footage to construct narratives on growing up Queer and Asian. It is presented in partnership with the Prismatic Arts Festival, Canada’s only multi-arts festival featuring culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists. http://prismaticfestival.com/events/paul-wong-2/
About the artist:
Paul Wong is a media-maestro hailing from Prince Rupert, BC. He is an award winning artist, curator and organiser of public interventions and is known for pioneering early visual and media art in Canada since the mid 1970s. His work varies from conceptual performance to narratives, meshing video, photography, installation and performance with Chinese-Canadian cultural perspectives and is known to explore issues of race, sex and death.* http://paulwongprojects.com/
*Prismatic Arts Festival website August 25, 2017
Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Halifax Regional Municipality.