We Are Monoliths

Danica Zandboer, Monument (Detail)

We Are Monoliths

Thursday, June 19, 2014 to Saturday, August 30, 2014
Opening Reception:
June 20,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Much more than a musical genre, heavy metal is a subculture largely defined by community and fellowship. So diverse is this subculture that feelings of displacement can often coexist alongside the camaraderie that the community fosters, splintering concepts of belonging and self.

We are Monoliths is a reflection on the visual signifiers that hold a subculture together. Through a portrait-based series of images Zandboer is toying with the conventions of representation in heavy metal. Subcultural artifacts are displaced to create varying relationships between subject, object, and environment with the aim of dealing with notions of displacement. The static and formal depiction of her subject's reference the long standing tradition of early portrait photography, placing props as symbols of the subjects character, all while acknowledging the plurality of elements that constitute identity.

Artist Biography: 

Danika Zandboer is a Toronto-based artist and recent graduate from OCAD U’s photography program. Her work deals primarily with portraiture, the figure and, most recently, the topic of youth subculture. Through an interest in both anthropology and existentialism, her photographs aim to unravel the human subject and the contradictions rooted in concepts of identity. Her process often fluctuates between uncertainty of analogue methods, the boundlessness of digital technologies, and the tension between the two.