Category Archives: Rephotography

Nude and Draped Figure Studies by the artist and his father, c.1950/2008-09

Nude and Draped Figure Studies by the artist and his father, c.1950/2008-09

Another pseudo-collaboration between the artist and his father, where nude studies made by the artist’s father in the 1950s are the source material for a period re-creation. In the finished installation of this work, the images made by the artist in the present were displayed with ones made by his father in the past, as if made by the same person at the same time and place. The artist’s intention was to create an anachronism. This project is the second time that the artists has used his father’s amateur photography and consider both projects to be collaborations with his father despite the 50-60 years difference and his very limited involvement. These projects follow a lineage of conceptual themes considered by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Sherrie Levine, and Richard Prince probing the idea of originality and authorship in the work of art, but pushes further to consider the uncertain and unexpected roles that certain and unavoidable relations, such as those of family, time and history, might play.

Rephotography, c.1950/2000 (series)

Rephotography, c.1950/2000 (series)

Rephotography c.1950/2000 is a “pseudo-collaborative” project involving Kodachrome images originally made by the artist’s father shortly after he immigrated to Canada from China in the 1950s. As this collaboration took place unintentionally, and after the passage of 50 years, it reconsiders questions of originality and authorship originally proposed in conceptual photographic practices of the 1970s and 80s, but through a lens of identity and family history.