Somewhere between North Dakota and Nunavut sits a curious land with a coastline patrolled by polar bears, highways lined with monuments to household produce and dinner plates drenched in a gluey condiment known as honey dill sauce. This is Manitoba, a province that has captured the imagination of ... well, maybe dozens of people around the world for more than a century. To many Canadians, Manitoba is nothing but canola, snow and mosquitoes. To people in Winnipeg, its capital and largest city, it's that place where the flood happens three out of every five years. So what exactly is Manitoba? It's one of the newest places on Earth, carved by glaciers and shaped by meltwater. It's one of the most Indigenous places on Earth, as all of its residents are beginning to comprehend and respect. But it's also a vast and largely empty land that lacks a singular identity, partly because of its vastness and emptiness - but also because most of its population barricades itself within Winnipeg's city limits. Stuck In The Middle: Defining Views of Manitoba finds photographer Bryan Scott and journalist Bartley Kives venturing beyond the Perimeter Highway to explore the architecture, landscapes and waterways of a province they know and love but will never truly understand. Armed with passionate ambivalence and an unwavering commitment to equivocation, Scott and Kives paint a perfectly imprecise picture of Manitoba for the rest of the planet to appreciate and revile and ultimately ignore.
The sequel to Stuck in the Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg
Journalist and author BARTLEY KIVES has been writing about politics, pop culture, politics, food and travel in Winnipeg since the 1990s. He worked a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press for 18 years and now works for CBC Manitoba. He is the author of A Daytripper's Guide To Manitoba: Exploring Canada's Undiscovered Province, Canadian best-seller first published in 2006 and revised in 2015. Stuck in the Middle 2 is his second collaboration with photographer Bryan Scott, following up on Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg.
Winnipeg photographer BRYAN SCOTT has been documenting the city's architecture and streetscapes since 2005. After studying architecture and graphic design, he works in advertising while making daily contributions to his photo website Winnipeg Love Hate. A collection of photos from the site was published in 2010 and his first collaboration with author Bartley Kives, Stuck In The Middle: Dissenting Views of Winnipeg, was published by Great Plains Publications in 2013. It won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award the following year.