About

selfportrait (photo by Aubyn O'Grady)

(Photo by Aubyn O’Grady)

ABOUT

Evan Rensch was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. His studies include music at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; and visual art at Mount Allison University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. He has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Sackville and Fredericton, NB and in Dawson City and Whitehorse, YT. In 2009, he was awarded the ‘Best in Show’ prize, Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Government House in Fredericton and in 2011 received the ‘MITY Emerging Artist’ award at the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. His work is in the collections of the New Brunswick Art Bank and the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. He has received creation grants from the New Brunswick Arts Council and the Yukon Government Department of Tourism and Culture. He is a member of the Dawson City Arts Society and is a former director of the ODD Gallery, Canada’s northernmost artist-run centre.

After five years of life in the Yukon, Evan has recently relocated to Halifax, NS, where is he currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at NSCAD University.

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

I am an Atlantic Canadian large format photographer currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As an artist working in response to the history of documentary practice, I seek to negotiate the photograph’s dual status as objective document and subjective representation.

Much of my work explores notions of identity grounded within specific geographic contexts, often framed by factors of social class, history and labour. My images seek to provide an alternative perspective of everyday culture, with an emphasis on those individuals and communities that go unnoticed or marginalized within a society dominated by spectacle and commodity.

My artistic practice often adopts the form of a visual ethnography that is sustained and generated by a network of collaborative relationships that I form with the subjects of my photographs.

In opposition to a contemporary image culture that is ever more mediated and stylized, I remain committed to photography’s capacity to critically comment and reflect upon the cultural discourses within which we live.

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