On Dirt Piles & Other Things
Photographer LisaHirmer will be giving a talk about her Dirt Pile photographs in the exhibition curated by Andrew Hunter And yet we still remain, going around, and again, in dominion's plot... At the heart of this collaborative exhibition is a firm conviction that the persistent reading of the Canadian landscape as wilderness is a problematic narrative that offers a false comfort a fantasy world of pure spaces that has become a risky dead-end narrative, a cul-de-sac where one can circle endlessly, spinning, and being spun, a pernicious tale that masks Canadian's true relationship to the natural world.
Lisa Hirmer is a designer/photographer/artist/writer based in Guelph, Ontario. She has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo where she completed a thesis about the significance of nature and wilderness in contemporary culture – work that won an Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence and was placed on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Honour Roll. Her photographic and graphic work has been exhibited and published in Canada, Europe and the UK. She is a co-recipient (with Andrew Hunter) of the Independent Critics and Curators in Architecture grant (2011) for the collaborative research and publication project Marginalia.
image: Lisa Hirmer, Untitled (Dirt Piles), 2011