Back/Fill | ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1 - July 12, Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
1 Spadina Crescent
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, presented in partnership with ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival
Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein and Laura Miller
Dobson’s site-specific project Back/Fill (2019) explores the detritus of Toronto through images of construction debris dumped at the Leslie Street Spit. Featuring a massive mural adhered to the north elevation of the new Daniels Building and large-scale photographs mounted inside the Faculty, the project raises questions about the cyclical nature of the built environment’s material character, with its phases of demolition, construction, preservation, and renovation.
Susan Dobson explores themes of unearthing and rebuilding, and architecture and archaeology are frequently evidenced in her photographs. Her work is also strongly rooted in the medium of photography itself, in its technological and material qualities, its history, and its indexical nature. Dobson’s photographs have been exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals globally. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.