Peter Sibbald

Peter Sibbald: ELEGY FOR STOLEN LAND

January 15 - April 27, 2012

The exhibition includes photographs distilled from a decade-long exploration of changing land use in Southern Ontario. Peter Sibbald was compelled to investigate the sheer rapaciousness of human activity in Ontario’s countryside upon returning there to raise a seventh generation of his family. The artist presents landscape as a nexus of human will and nature where politics, spirituality, environmental science and commerce collide.

"GPS coordinates are the best way I can keep track of the places I’ve been; yet they convey falsity, both in solace and in their implication of accuracy. For place is a thing of the senses – the foot and the eye – and landmarks on the heart. Returning to a coordinate, the place is gone." — Peter Sibbald

About the Artist: For over 25 years documentary photojournalist, Peter Sibbald has photographed for many of the world’s most prestigious magazines, meanwhile concentrating the focus of his personal work on the themes of land, home and colonization. Raised on the land of his pioneer ancestors near Sibbald’s Point before moving south to Toronto, it was while returning home to raise a seventh generation that he discovered the rapacious assault on Ontario lands. “It struck me that it fell to people like me to focus public attention on both the loss of aboriginal and non-aboriginal heritage and our capability of ensuring a secure food supply.” Sibbald rejects the convention of Landscape, which objectifies land as something compartmentalized and apart, and rather presents land as an nexus of human cultural will and nature where social justice, politics, spirituality, commerce and philosophy collide.

Image: Peter Sibbald, "Stouffville, Ontario. Dewatering", Lambda chromogenic print mounted on Dibond, 45"x15", 2005.