The After-Image (Swan Songs)
The expression ‘swan song,’ is derived from the Greek myth that swans are mute, but burst into song just before they die. Over the ages the legend was embraced by poets and came to mean a person’s last eloquent words or performance: a final farewell appearance. In the context of this project, I explore the swan songs of a selection of artists and intellectuals who produced final works intimately connected with their deaths. The body of work is realized as a cycle of photographic encounters with the landscapes connected to these swan songs, selected for their poetic and political resonance. In this sense, The After-Image (Swan Songs), seeks to record echoes etched in landscape, and acts to engage the physical locations of these swan songs as a point of departure for a sustained meditation on final acts. In an exhibition setting, the photographic images are interspersed with text, mounted as vinyl lettering directly on the gallery wall. The texts are an ongoing collection of citations from various writers who dedicated a period of their work to the subject of the life-death relation.
Link to exhibition review by Jérôme Delgado
This project is supported by Le Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec