Zone B Exhibition

Brookfield Place, Garden Court, Entrance on Front Street

Toronto Nocturnes I, 2008

Ricardo Okaranza - San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

Photography Installation

Every city has other faces, but at night this essence becomes more obvious. It is not only the monuments and the city sights that make the difference, but there is also a way of mixing the built environment with nature. The less obvious things such as the sidewalks, paved roads, benches and street lamps, are characteristic to every city, and the night is the best time to view them. There is a dark loneliness and a sense of menace in and around urban forms, not because something dangerous is present, but because the transience of all is so clear. In The Nocturns, (night shots), the city is seen with a new focus. Without people, the artefacts are more visible, and together, build an essential, memorable cityscape. Photography is the best medium to represent this night life without humans. The medium is quite unable to 'fix' or suspend life, because life, like time, is fleeting. The exact moment the shot was taken no longer exists.

Suitable for all ages

In association with Illingworth Kerr Gallery @ Alberta College of Art + Design

With the support of Eusko Jaurlaritza (Basque Government)

Thank you to:
Wayne Baerwaldt, Glenn Ligon, Michel Perras