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The Sleeping Green, No Man’s Land 100 Years later

Dianne Bos’s most recent work focuses on the battlegrounds of World War I, 100 years later. She captured these images during the summer and fall of 2014, and spring 2016 on the historic battle sites where Canadian Forces achieved important victories. The battles at Ypres, Vimy, the Somme, Passchendaele, were her main focus for their significance in marking “Canada’s Hundred Days”.

The pinhole photography techniques she uses produce still images of a passage of time. She explores how time has changed the landscape of these historic battlegrounds 100 years later. In ways other than the presence of memorials, does a memory of that past persist at these sites? Tens of thousands of people who were killed during the war are part of the landscape. Is there a memory in the soil, water, plants, and trees of their presence? Does an echo of war still resonate in the sky above? Through the manipulation of light in the darkroom using objects found at the sites (called photograms or Rayograms, a technique developed by Dadaist photographer Man Ray), Bos created images that layer site documentation and symbolic imagery.

This exhibition will open at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris on April 1 and continue until September 8, 2017. It will travel to other Canadian venues in 2018.  TBA.