Discussion with Martha Langford and Greg Staats as part of the exhibition Condolence.
Greg Staats (b. Ohsweken, Ontario) is a photographer and video artist whose works combine language, mnemonics and the natural world. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Gallery, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, Toronto. Group exhibitions include : Ottawa Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art. Greg Staats is the recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography. Recently, Greg Staats has been Faculty for two Aboriginal Visual Arts Thematic Residencies: Archive Restored (2009) and Towards Language (2010) at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Staats has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2011 at the McMaster Museum of Art. http://www.re-title.com/artists/greg-staats.asp
Martha Langford is an associate professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Art History at Concordia University in Montreal. Major works include Suspended Conversations: The Afterlife of Memory in Photographic Albums (2001) and Scissors, Paper, Stone: Expressions of Memory in Contemporary Photographic Art (2007), as well as an edited collection, Image & Imagination (2005), all from McGill-Queen’s University Press. A Cold War Tourist and His Camera, co-written with John Langford, is forthocming from MQUP in 2011. Langford is a contributing editor for Border Crossings (Winnipeg), Exit (Madrid) and Photography & Culture (London), and a regular book reviewer for Source (Belfast). An active independent curator, she was artistic director of the international biennale, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2005. In curatorial partnership with Sherry Farrell Racette, Langford was a consultant for Photoquai. Biennale des images du monde 2009 at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris and a curator of Unmasking: Arthur Renwick, Adrian Stimson, Jeff Thomas at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, 2009-10.