Coming To Death's Door: Sandra Semchuk

Curated by: Karen Love

"My father suffered from a serious heart attack in July, 1988. In Coming to Death's Door, he and I look together at the event which led me to my helping him escape from the hospital. In the photographic images I trace my own responses to my father and his inevitable death. This investigation occurs within the simple experience of moving from the tent where I slept separate from my father's home, overlooking a lake in northern Saskatchewan, and of situating myself in his bedroom. I use the camera gesturally as a way of sustaining the experience from the inside, and of leaving a trace as an outside observer. The broken image, like the broken self, hastens the processes of reconstruction and synthesis" — Sandra Semchuk

Supported by the Hamber Foundation, the District of West Vancouver and the Canada Council.

A catalogue was published by Presentation House Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition, with a text by Joan Borsa

 

Coming to Death's Door, Sandra Semchuk exhibition publication, oop
Coming to Death's Door, Sandra Semchuk exhibition publication, oop
coming to deaths door, Gallery Invitation
Gallery Invitation

Sandra Semchuk: Coming To Death's Door, A Daughter/father Collaboration

"My father suffered from a serious heart attack in July, 1988. In Coming to Death's Door, he and I look together at the event which led me to my helping him escape from the hospital. In the photographic images I trace my own responses to my father and his inevitable death. This investigation occurs within the simple experience of moving from the tent where I slept separate from my father's home, overlooking a lake in northern Saskatchewan, and of situating myself in his bedroom. I use the camera gesturally as a way of sustaining the experience from the inside, and of leaving a trace as an outside observer. The broken image, like the broken self, hastens the processes of reconstruction and synthesis." — Sandra Semchuk

Curated and with text by Joan Borsa.

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