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Probing the surface : the family archive revisited in installations by Wyn Geleynse, Mindy Yan Miller and Yvonne Singer

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Probing the surface : the family archive revisited in installations by Wyn Geleynse, Mindy Yan Miller and Yvonne Singer

Anderson, Shannon (2000) Probing the surface : the family archive revisited in installations by Wyn Geleynse, Mindy Yan Miller and Yvonne Singer. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The family photograph represents the past in a restrictively visual, static manner. Despite this, the photographic image is often relied upon to remember our past for us, and hence given an authority to represent lived experience. Further, the image is able to captivate the viewer into a search for the essence of the individual locked within it. Roland Barthes attributes this phenomenon to the noeme of photography: the "That-Has-Been". Despite the fact that the past cannot be physically captured, it has in some strange sense been accomplished in the image. In an instant, the body has been engraved through light into the paper's surface, creating what Barthes terms an "umbilical cord" between the viewer of the image and the person within it. It is through an examination of this premise that this thesis presents the work of Wyn Geleynse, Mindy Yan Miller and Yvonne Singer. Three installations that incorporate images from the artists' archives are employed as windows through which a discussion on the nature of the family photograph is expounded. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Anderson, Shannon
Pagination:ix, 113 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Lerner, Loren
ID Code:1064
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:16
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:18
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