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Sylvia Grace Borda

Shifting Perspectives

by (photographer) Sylvia Grace Borda

edited by Jordan Strom

Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Jun 2020
Canadian, Digital, Monographs
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
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"Borda's work is filled with nuance, personal connections and unexpected uses of imaging technology." —Galleries West

A thought-provoking art book exploring changing landscapes through the pioneering work of Canadian photographer Sylvia Grace Borda.

Sylvia Grace Borda made a substantial debut into new media and photo art when she launched Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC. With this piece, Borda reclaimed California coastal conceptual photo strategies from the 1960s and used them to document a large Canadian city by its own transit system. This marked her entry into international recognition. Since then, Borda has undertaken epic projects to re-imagine urban spaces, from the "New Towns" of East Kilbride and Glenrothes in Scotland to modernist faith buildings in Northern Ireland.

In this dazzling new monograph, Sylvia’s exceptional body of work is examined and placed in both a regional and international context. Specifically, her practice developed in Surrey is examined in relation to art history, the Vancouver School of Art, digital media, community engagement, and projects concluded in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Finland. Featuring essays by renowned curators, artists, and scholars—each presenting specific perspectives on how Borda’s diverse arts practice has shifted and expanded the mediums of art, photography, and social awareness—Sylvia Grace Borda: Shifting Perspectives constructs a conversation between the remembrance of place and current narratives in art history.

About the authors

Sylvia Grace Borda is a member of a growing field of artists tackling cultural policy through the visual arts. She is a sought-after and respected voice at the forefront of culture-led, socio-economic, and community-development/engagement projects in Canada and the UK. She has worked nationally and internationally in senior roles in the creative and cultural industries for seventeen years.

Sylvia Grace Borda's profile page

Jordan Strom is a curator and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. As curator of the Surrey Art Gallery since 2009, Strom has curated exhibitions and projects at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, Republic Gallery, and others. Jordan holds an MFA in Art History from the University of British Columbia and is the author and editor of numerous articles and essays on contemorary art.

Jordan Strom's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"For those who appreciate the intersection of art and urban design, this book provides further insight into how these two worlds influence each other." —Read Local BC

"I have been deeply impressed by Borda's working processes. . . and I am delighted to have been given a glimpse behind the magician's curtain.'—Christiane Monarchi, Photomonitor

"Borda's work succeeds in being simultaneously conceptual, experimental, and socially engaged. Recognizing the role of art in defining cultural value, particularly of environment and landscape, Borda describes and maps the overlooked—from suburbs and farms to modernist 'new towns'—while enabling new kinds of collaboration and social participation." —Michelle Henning, author of Photography: The Unfettered Image

"This book will make you see that the possibilities for photography are still wide open for exploration" —Edward J. Bateman, Department of Art and Art History, University of Utah

"A perfect blend of appreciation of place, form, technique, and the passage of time." —Maria Lantin, Director, Basically Good Media Lab, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Shifting Perspectives documents the slow photography of Sylvia Grace Borda's sophisticated approach to socially engaged art . . . Her slow process challenges and disrupts normative landscape photography and shows us the future of image making in the twenty-first century." —Megan Arney Johnston, independent curator, Slow Curating

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