October 30 – December 8, 2019
It is January, and a chill has sunk into my bones. I am about to read a book my mother has lent me. In the bottom corner of the first page I notice her handwriting, and in this moment I stop feeling quite so alone.
The book became a speaker for me. It became a site held between open and closed; a site like lips, or the sound of a travelling voice. I saw futures and pasts in the traces left by those who read before me. I saw the wavering line on a library book’s page, and I waited, hoping to hear someone call my name.
I use the ephemerality of the printed book as the starting point for an aesthetics of collaboration. I embrace the multiple hands that mediate and mark books in public space. I believe that the best archive is one that can be used, one that embraces the gradual loss of its objects, and one that invites its readers to collaborate. By framing the inevitable “death” of a book as something beautiful I celebrate how social relations manifest in public property, and I hope to foster a reading done in solidarity, rather than in solitude.
Opening Party for Grayson James: After Alexandria
Wednesday, October 30, 6–8 pm
Daily 2:30 pm
All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted