Portraits and Collections: Katherine Knight photography exhibition

June 25, 2017 all day
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Ave #205
Toronto, ON M5V 2J4

Portraits and Collections is the culmination of a multidimensional project by Toronto artist Katherine Knight. Her documentation of a local Nova Scotian’s personal textile collection and its rural setting examines the idiosyncrasies of a needlepoint craze that was all the rage in Canada 150 years ago. Through Knight’s meticulously conceived inventory of 173 stitched decorative mottos owned by collector Jane Webster, a nuanced reading is introduced about the persistence of memory, tradition, and narrative. She responds to the allure of this singular collection through photography, video, and audio recordings, revealing how an object’s meaning can shift as it passes from hand to hand. Knight has captured the entire collection both as a series of individual objects and as they were hung throughout the collector’s home in thoughtful, at times witty, groupings—ultimately creating portraits of a collection. Room by room, she photographed the home’s living spaces where Webster kept the textiles on permanent display for the enjoyment of family and friends. Knight’s images are transformative records that provide close-ups of these delightful examples of handwork from another era.

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