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Blake Fitzpatrick: The Mobile Ruin
Blake Fitzpatrick will show photographic work from two long-term projects. The first is a documentation of the environmental cleanup of nuclear contamination in the homes and landscapes of Port Hope, Ontario. The second project will draw from a larger collaborative work entitled Freedom Rocks: The Everyday Life of the Berlin Wall. This project charts the movement of the post-1989 Berlin Wall as a mobile ruin, travelling the globe, seemingly in perpetuity. The Wall as mobile ruin raises questions about the geographic and temporal displacement of the location and meaning of the Wall as both a historical object and commemorative icon. The presentation will include a recent three channel video work documenting the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall in Berlin (2014) across multiple temporalities.
Blake Fitzpatrick holds the position of Professor and Chair in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. A photographer, curator and writer, his research interests include the photographic representation of the nuclear era, visual responses to contemporary militarism and the post-Cold War history, memory and mobility of the Berlin Wall. He is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group of photographers dedicated to making visible all aspects of the nuclear era. Fitzpatrick has exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and recent group exhibitions with the Atomic Photographers Guild in Australia, Switzerland and the United States. In 2013 he co-curated an exhibition of the work of Arthur Goss, Toronto’s first official photographer for the Ryerson Image Centre. His writing and visual work have appeared in various anthologies and in the journals Public, Topia, History of Photography, Fuse, Ciel Variable, POV, Racar, and Prefix Photo.
Image: From the series The Nachtweh Fonds, colour type c-print, 40x30”, 2016.
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