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Illuminations: Homemade

October 22, 2003 - November 30, 2003


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Year 2003 Theme Gender & Sexuality, Nova Scotian Artists, Photography

Tonia Di Risio, of Halifax, has been invited to contribute a Duratrans image derived from her existing series, Homemade. To prepare her tableau-style photographs, Di Risio sets up a doll’s house peopled by photographic cutouts of herself and her Italian-Canadian relatives. Though photographed in directorial style, Di Risio’s illusionism is deliberately imperfect. Her pictures’ “homemade” appearance highlights questions of gender and ethnic difference that are seamlessly normalized in commercial photography. Homemade will resonate decisively with the surrounding institutional architecture, whose every detail declares public space to be separate from private space.