April 25, 2017–April 30, 2017

Just Beyond the Trail
Finding the Florida Everglades

Magenta Foundation and Air Canada enRoute present a specially commissioned series by Toronto-based photographer Ryan Walker at Capture Photo Festival. Hosted by thisopenspace.

Artist Statement
Just Beyond the Trail: Finding the Florida Everglades

The Everglades didn’t make an impression on photographer Ryan Walker until he and a Gladesman glided deep into the cypress trees. There, aboard a pole boat, the highway noise faded and the sounds of osprey, herons and alligators took over. When the area became a national park in 1947, nature took back the 6,000 square kilometers of wetlands, islands and winding waterways. Although many locals had to move from hunting and fishing to tourism, Walker found out that their mental maps of mangroves, canals and marshes are intact (and GPS is no match).

Les Everglades n’ont impressionné le photographe Ryan Walker que quand celui-ci s’est enfoncé sur une barque mue à la perche par un habitant du cru sous le dôme des cyprès. À ce moment, le concert faunique des balbuzards, hérons et alligators a noyé la rumeur de l’autoroute. En 1947, quand la région est devenue parc national, la nature a repris ses droits sur 6000 km2 de marécages, d’îles et de sinueux cours d’eau. Même si les résidents ont dû troquer chasse et pêche contre tourisme, Walker a découvert que leur carte mentale des palétuviers, canaux et marais est intacte (le GPS n’est pas de taille).

Meet the Artist
Ryan Walker

Ryan Walker (MFA, Ryerson University) is an award-winning, Toronto-based photographer and filmmaker specializing in social documentary and visual advocacy.

His abiding interest lies in the interdependence of geographical and corporeal bodies. How does location shape subjectivity, and vice versa? How might documenting a place and its people simultaneously confirm clichés while throwing them into relief?

These questions inform all of Ryan’s projects, which have taken him from remote off-grid communities to crowded urban streets, where he conveys an intimate sense of place in a poetic and emotional form. Ryan’s work is also sympathetic to the ecological effects of the economic exploitation of the land that surrounds us.

Inspired by a curiosity about the so-called authenticity of identity being influenced by the surrounding environment, Ryan’s work blurs the lines between photojournalism, documentary and conceptual art.

Ryan Walker (maîtrise en beaux-arts, Université Ryerson) est un photographe et cinéaste torontois primé spécialisé dans le documentaire social et la sensibilisation visuelle.

Il s’intéresse à l’interdépendance entre les corps géographiques et physiques. Comment un lieu forge-t-il la subjectivité, et vice versa? Comment filmer un lieu et ses habitants confirme-t-il des clichés tout en les mettant en relief?

Ces questions, au cœur de tous les projets de Ryan, l’ont mené des collectivités hors-réseau aux rues noires de monde, dont il rapporte l’esprit intime sous une forme poétique chargée d’émotion. Le travail de Ryan s’intéresse aussi aux effets écologiques de l’exploitation économique du territoire.

Curieux de comprendre la façon dont l’environnement influence «l’authenticité» des individus, Ryan travaille dans la zone grise entre le photojournalisme, le documentaire et l’art conceptuel.

April 25, 2017–April 30, 2017

Thank you for joining us to celebrate Ryan's work.

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26Apr

Opening Reception
6:00–9:00 pm

The Playground
434 Columbia Street
Vancouver, BC

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