an investigative photo documentary

Exclusive 18-page photo essay from our investigative journalist team in collaboration with award-winning photojournalist Johan Hallberg-Campbell. Location: St. Catharines, Canada Copyright Wondereur 2018.

MEET with artist Jimmy Limit curated by celebrated fashion designer Tanya Taylor.

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HOW WOULD YOU REPRESENT TODAY’S OBJECTS FOR SOMEONE IN THE FUTURE?
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I like thinking about objects as artifacts, so someone totally unaware of what these things are could try to figure out what they would've been used for in our time.
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When a Roman bust is presented in an art book, isolated in the centre of the photograph, it’s staged in the same way as a car tire in a sales catalogue. They both try to communicate as much information as possible.
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AFTER A TOTAL SOCIETAL COLLAPSE OR AN ALIEN INVASION, WHAT WILL BE UNDERSTOOD FROM OUR TIME?
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PERHAPS THERE COULD BE A PLAYFUL WAY OF LOOKING AT THIS.
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ON MY COMPUTER, I TRY TO HAVE 20 TABS OPEN AT ANY TIME.
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I’m usually flipping between online stores, art galleries, and news websites, and then searching for random things on Google Image Search.
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When you're cycling through all of these images, you don't see what their purpose is immediately. They start to lose context.
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I WANT TO FLATTEN THEM OUT IN MY MIND, NOT PRIVILEGING ANY ONE IMAGE OVER ANOTHER.
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David Horvitz, an American artist, did a series of photos depicting depression. He took a photo of himself with his head in his hands and waves crashing in the background, and posted it on Wikipedia under ‘Mood Disorder’ for open copyright.
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The photo eventually appeared in over 50 online and print articles not necessarily related to the initial intent.
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THERE’S AN AMBIGUITY BETWEEN WHAT A PHOTOGRAPH IS AND WHAT IT DEPICTS.
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When printed and framed, I consider my photographs of objects becoming objects themselves.
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They’re meant to have as many meanings as possible, depending on the context in which we see them. So years from now, who knows what people will think they were used for?
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IN THE FUTURE, THESE OBJECTS WILL TAKE ON A LIFE OF THEIR OWN.