Brian Dedora – Read This Foto

Brian Dedora, A HAND IN NATURE, 2020

Feheley Fine Arts is thrilled to present the exhibition Read This Foto, featuring photographic works by Toronto-based artist Brian Dedora. On view from May 3 – 21, 2022, this exhibition is in conjunction with the annual Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Dedora’s analogue photography practice asks: “How is narrative made?” Through the use of dissonance, disruption, and misalignment, his intention in black-and-white (both actual and metaphorical) is to place the viewer in a position of knowing and not-knowing simultaneously, while leaving room for humour, puzzlement, and resolution.

The photographic event becomes a literary and photo occurrence that draws together visual poetry, intentional disruption, and conceptual idioms. The exhibition is a photo reading of themes from the present climate, plus an experiment in another definition of conceptual photograph.

About the Artist

Brian Dedora is a master gilder, artist, photographer, and writer. He has been writing since 1977 and has published extensively. Dedora’s book, A Slice of Voice at the Edge of Hearing (2008), was a finalist for the Relit Award and the George Ryga Prize. His titles A Few Sharp Sticks (2011); Lot 351 (2013); and Eye Where (2014), a book of his visual work from the 70s and 80s, followed, each published by Mercury Press & Teksteditions in Toronto. Dedora’s titles have been published around the world including Lorcation (2015, Editorial Visor, Madrid/BookThug, Toronto); Paper Poems (2021, Red Fox Press, Ireland); and Polaroid Poems (2022, Paper View Press, Portugal).

Originally from Vernon, B.C., Dedora is currently based in Toronto where he continues to write and hone his skills in film photography with his vintage cameras: Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, and Leica.