Liz Magor

Military Through the Ages

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Military Through the Ages is a portfolio of ten black and white photographs printed on 11" x 14" Agfa fibre-based paper. They are mounted in 16" x20" mattes and archivally packaged in a custom-made Baltic ash plywood box. A letterpress-printed title page and text page are part of the set. The portfolio was published in 1996 in an edition of eight.

The photographs were taken at various military re-enactment events in the United States between 1991 and 1994. They were then digitally marked with stains resembling those found on old, poorly processed photographs. For the artist, these ersatz chemical spills parallel the condition of living history participants who emerge from mock battles unscathed and "virtually younger, like travelers returned from another timescape. In the same spirit of conservation, the photographs here suffer no threat from their disfiguring blotches – a digital spill hasn’t the juice to destroy the image."

This work continues Liz Magor’s interest in the interpretation of historical images, and is closely related to installations such as Hallowed Ground (1990), The Forces of Wolfe and Montcalm (1992), and Lethbridge Telegram (1994). Liz Magor lives and works in Vancouver.

In 2000, she was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts.


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