Saturday, January 22, 2011
Charting the course
Last night we attended the dinner for artists and participants of Close Encounters at Urban Shaman. Rosalie Favell was taking portraits of Aboriginal artists at the dinner for her Facing the Camera series. I had previously seen a handful of these photos last year in a hallway at The Banff Centre. I wandered into the room where she was taking the portraits to ask her a bit about them. Rosalie told me she was attempting to make a collection of 100 Aboriginal artists, in order to document the community. She asked if I would like to have my picture taken and I agreed. I noticed, when signing the release form that the stated intent of her goal in this work is to document this small, but growing, community. It was then that I realized how Rosalie's had informed my own desire to document an integral part of the same group of people while in Winnipeg. On my part, this was the impetus for creating the chart, a sort of "people map" with Vanessa. I want to take note of the important work that Rosalie is doing, on a much larger scale, of creating this record.