Border Country

Melanie Friend, The Domestic Visits, Harmondsworth IRC (Heathrow), 86 x 127 cm digital chromogenic print, July 2006

Melanie Friend, The ''sterile area'' Colnbrook IRC (Heathrow), 74 x 107 cm digital chromogenic print, April 2006

Melanie Friend, The moat, Dover Immigration Removal Centre, 74 x 107 cm digital chromogenic print, August 2005

Melanie Friend, Border Country, Installation view at Gallery 44

Melanie Friend, Border Country, Installation view at Gallery 44

Border Country

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 to Saturday, October 16, 2010
Opening Reception:
September 17,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

From 2003 to 2007, Melanie Friend visited eleven immigration detainees held in eight UK Immigration Removal Centres. Photographs of these spaces are accompanied by a sound installation of voiced testimonies evoking the burdens of life in detention, while providing a commentary on the UK’s immigration system. This exhibition engages critical questions around testimony, witnessing, and human rights in the wake of increasing global migration.

The Artist Lecture: will take place on Thursday, September 16, at 7pm at the Eaton Theatre, Rogers Communication Centre (RCC 204), Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street (at corner of Church).

A Roundtable Discussion: on Documentary-Based Research Practices with Melanie Friend, Lara Rosenoff, and Katy McCormick will also take place on Friday, September 17, from 1 to 3pm in the Ted Rogers School of Business Management, room 2147, Ryerson University, 575 Bay Street (entrance at 55 Dundas Street West).

These talks are co-sponsored by FCAD and Gallery 44.

Artist Biography: 

Melanie Friend has worked as a documentary photographer for over two decades. Between 1989 and 2001, Friend made numerous trips to Kosovo as a photographer and freelance print/radio reporter. Her exhibition on Kosovo, Homes and Gardens: Documenting the Invisible, was first shown at Camerawork Gallery, London, in 1996 and toured internationally. In November 2007, Friend's exhibition Border Country opened at Belfast Exposed Photography, Northern Ireland, and toured to three UK galleries; an accompanying catalogue of the same name (including audio CD) was published by Belfast Exposed Photography and The Winchester Gallery. Friend teaches photography at the University of Sussex, UK, where she is a part-time senior lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Music. 


Katy McCormick’s solo exhibitions have appeared in Canada at Gallery TPW, The Photographer’s Gallery, Saskatoon, and at VOX, Montreal. Recent essays include “Emergence/Legacies,” appearing in Emergence: Contemporary Photography in Canada (2009) and “Scene as Space Across Time: Presence, Passage and Transition,” in BlackFlash (2008). In 2007 she curated Rearrangements: Photography/Performance/Sculpture. She is assistant professor in photography and director of the student-run gallery at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.