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Amy Friend is a Canadian photographer who experiments with her work’s concept, content and form in a creative and different way.
Most of her series stand as a memento of people, stories and experiences, while others document everyday moments. In Dare Alla Luce the artist focuses on photographs as objects and aims to explore their substance and definition. She uses found vintage photos which manipulates by embroidering them and letting light shine through their holes. This process gives an ethereal and other-dimensional feature to these photos, allowing them to have a character that suits their story and content more.
The series is a comment on the quality of the photographs, their fragility and their ability to capture a scene that exists only for once. And while the memory of a moment might soon fade away, the photographic memory never does. And though a photograph can never “forget”, it can be altered and re-made in a way that balances between the present and the absent. With a strong sense of irony in her work, Friend seems to use the light the way a camera does. As the maker of the work.
She brightly creates photographs through the light,as it is what actually transforms these punctured photos into works of art. This is why she chose the title Dare alla Luce, which in italian means “to bring to the light.” According to the photographer,“the photographs have new meaning, despite their unknown history. The title of each piece holds significance; some titles were taken directly from the notations found written on the photographs, yet those without any indication of provenance were titled to reference the nuances of photography as a medium. What we see is only a fragment of a much larger history.”
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What is done in the darkness, will be brought to the light
2012
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Afterglow
2012
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My sister
2012
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The ol’ neighbourhood, 1949
2012
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Small museums of everyday life
2012
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I see little echoes
2012
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The revenants
2012
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Latent light
2012
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We are the spirit rappers
2012
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Borrowed Light
2012
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The Three of Them
2012
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Late summer evening, Ontario, 1927
2012
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All that is solid melts into air
2012
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Lake Rousseau, 1931
2012
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I dream of that day
2012
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Atlantic City, 1948
2014
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Mom’s Roses, 1914
2015
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The Guardian
2015
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Tilda
2014
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It could be anywhere
2015
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We gather to see
2015
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