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"An Hour of Wolf - Nightmare Trilogy: Works by Elizabeth Seigfried"
2002-04-11 until 2002-05-11
Alliance Francaise, Toronto
Toronto, ON, CA Canada

Renowned Toronto photographer, Elizabeth Seigfried, is launching her new exhibition, An Hour of Wold: Nightmare Trilogy, on Thursday, April 11, at Alliance Franšaise (24 Spadina Road, Toronto). An Hour of the Wolf: Nightmare Trilogy is a collection of narrative sequences: Unease, Clipped, and Vigil . Each consists of juxtaposed images that create a travelogue of the psyche.

In the catalogue for the 1998 George Eastman House exhibition Telling Stories, Therese Mulligan, curator, discusses the photographic narrative. She writes, In recent decades, much attention has been given to the study of narratives and how they disseminate through our lives and culture... In photography, historians and critics now study narrative composition and its psychological effects on memory and knowledge. The narrative impulse in photography is a way to make sense of both experience and existence.

As self-portraits combine with landscapes and still lifes, the nightmares in An Hour of the Wolf become both personal and universal in nature. Each depicts our apprehensions, a disquieting human situation, a period of unease. Each examines the thoughts and fears that may haunt us during an hour of the wolf.

Unease explores loss of identity and self, entrapment and confusion. As the story unfolds, we gain enlightenment tempered by caution. Clipped examines rejection and its ensuing states of distress, frustration, and defiant anger. Emotional turbulence leads us to knowledge and freedom. Vigil tells of waiting for something that never comes.


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