Anne Ramsden was born in 1952 in Kingston, Ontario. Ramsden obtained a BA from the Queen’s University, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a MFA from the Université Concordia.
Cate Rimmer, 1961, is a curator from Calgary, Alberta. She was the founding Director/Curator of Artspeak Gallery, Director of Truck Gallery and was a Curator in Residence at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. Rimmer has published reviews, articles and catalogue texts. She received a diploma in Curatorial Studies from Emily Carr and graduated with a MLitt (with distinction) in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
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.
Category: Exhibition Catalogue
Artist: Anne Ramsden
Writers: Reesa Greenberg
Design: David Clausen
Printer: Hemlock Printers
Year published: 1988
Binding: Staple Bound
Features: 16 b&w images, bilingual edition in English and French
Dimensions: 25 x 33 x 0.2 cm
Weight: 174 g
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.