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  • Relations

    ANNE RAMSDEN
    October 8–October 29, 1988

    Anne Ramsden continues her ongoing exploration into dominant systems of knowledge and structures of power in Western culture and society. Her exploration has been articulated in works that incorporate different mediums and a shifting emphasis while continuing to critique colonialism, the construction of systems of thought, nature, culture, discourses of power and the experience of otherness.

    Ramsden uses the museum as a text with its own system of meaning and enforcement of meaning. Through the choice of objects and their positioning, museums construct a version of history that is accepted as authoritative ands unassailable. The notions of ‘objectivity’ and ‘preciousness’ often associated with the presentation of museum exhibits is broken through Ramsden’s use of a shifting photographic approach or style. In her words: “The images draw on diverse photographic genres in a mostly formal sense: self-portrait shadow, beastial diorama, Romantic landscape, documentary”. The museum does not acknowledge its own subjectivity, however, Ramsden includes in her works evidence of the artist’s activity and tends to more frankly acknowledge them as products of a point of view rather than autonomous objects which present themselves as unassailable fact.

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    Title: Relations
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Anne Ramsden
    Writers: Reesa Greenberg
    Design: David Clausen
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Hemlock Printers
    Year published: 1988
    Pages: 24pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 16 b&w images, bilingual edition in English and French
    Dimensions: 25 x 33 x 0.2 cm
    Weight: 174 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-05-5
    Price: $2 CDN

    Bilingual catalogue of Ramsden’s work which conflates the museological and the photographic methods of ordering. Various sites in Europe and North America are included. Greenberg produces a parallel piece of writing, speculating on the relationship between the museum and photography identified in Ramsden’s work.