Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Peter Sramek: Book Launch

Please join us for the launch of Peter Sramek’s new book Piercing Time – Paris after Marville and Atget – 1865-2013.

Date: Thursday, February 13th, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: 6:30-7:30pm, “Rephotographing Marville's Paris: A Study of Urban Change.” RSVP as seating is limited. A public reception and book signing will follow.

Piercing Time presents Sramek’s rephotographic project which examines the archive of topographic photographs of Paris made by Charles Marville between 1865 and 1877, first under Georges Haussmann and then under the Third Republic. The book addresses photographic representation of urban history from a number of angles through essays by the artist and co-authors Min Kyung Lee and Shalini Le Gall. The book was released in October, 2013 by Intellect Press (UK) and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press. A major work by this established artist, it contains over 450 photographs and maps.

Rue de la Colombe, Ile de la Cité (Marville, 1865 and Sramek, 2009)
The collection juxtaposes Marville’s photographs with those made by Sramek in identifying and revisiting 184 locations to make contemporary rephotographs using a large format camera. The selection of sites was made through archival research in the Musée Carnavalet and follows a line through Paris as a metaphor of the linear avenue, archaeological slice and of the piercings through neighbourhoods which typified the Haussmann renovation of Paris in the 1860s. Images by Eugène Atget from the early 20th century of the same sites add a temporal and methodological layer to the discussion.

Rue Tirechape (Marville, 1865) disappeared with construction of Rue du Pont Neuf (Sramek, 2009)
It was Charles Marville's task to document in photographs what Georges Haussmann slated for demolition and in this illustrated lecture, Sramek talk will address our ambivalence in the face of urban change and the possible loss of heritage which accompanies it, as well as the role which photography has played in recording such change. He will discuss his process of researching and revisiting Marville's sites to discover changes of the past 150 years and what he learned from speaking with today's Parisians about how the city continues to change in some of its oldest neighborhoods.

For more information on Piercing Time, please visit: http://www.sramek.ca/marville

Peter Sramek studied photography at MIT under Minor White and has taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto since 1976 where he is currently Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices.

Sramek’s work incorporates silver photography, digital imaging, handmade books and video installation. His works are in many collections, notably the Musée Carnavalet (Paris), Toronto Archives, Art Gallery of Hamilton, National Library of Canada, the Allan Chasanoff Collection (NY) and MOMA (NY). Exhibitions of his rephotographic projects include the French Institute of Prague and Gallery 345 (Toronto). Recent group exhibitions include the Korean Cultural Centre, Beijing and the New Delhi Art Fair.

Sramek's black and white photography currently explores European historical sites, often incorporating rephotographic strategies, working from historical archives. Piercing Time: Paris after Marville and Atget 1865-2012 is based primarily on the Marville collection at the Musée Carnavalet and has been supported by a Google Research Award, as well as funding from OCAD University and the GRAND National Centres of Excellence Research Network.

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