The fugitive and cyclical are ongoing departure points for Colin Miner (they/him), whose practice takes form through arrangements. Notable exhibitions include The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Tkaronto), 2nd Kamias Triennial (The Philippines), Beijing Center of Art (China). Responsive projects have developed from research into non-human subjectivity at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Treaty 7 Territory), Tambopata National Reserve (Peru), Sloth Island (Guyana), and La Datcha (Berlin). Ongoing engagements include Moire, a digital publication, and the experimental project space Moire’s Catwalk. Studies on the ontological anxiety of photography began during an MFA in Visual Art at The University of British Columbia and led to a practice-based research PhD in Art & Visual Culture at Western University.

Moire & Moire’s Catwalk
digital publication & artist project space

A Photographic Ontology: Being Haunted within the Blue Hour and Expanding Field
PhD dissertation - Visual Arts (2014)

What are the current boundaries of the photographic and how can an ontology of photography take form as a material and conceptual program of research? Responding to the difficulty inherent in any definitive attempt to grasp photography, this dissertation places emphasis on the less determined act of evoking as a model of dialogue, and engagement, with the photographic. Composed of two parts that engage both the question “What is photography?” and the ontological anxiety that shadows it.

teaching/educational website



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