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Dominique Blain   Dominique Blain



January 22, 1994 - March 6, 1994

Curator: Joan Stebbins
Organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery with funding assistance from The Canada Council.

Intrinsic to this exploration is an examination of the early role of photography in (re) presenting both the exotic imagery and the ideology of “empire” to the people back home. The original purpose of the historical photographs used by the artist, often taken from period ethnographic magazines, was to reinforce the concept of imperialism and portray it as a benign force for social and economic progress. In Blain’s hand, either “as is” or subtly altered, these photos are manipulated to explore their self-conscious construction of difference and to subvert the hegemonic voice in which they originally spoke.
 

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