There is a parallel between the time required for the craft of their work with that of my own. And so I wanted to draw attention to the importance of this dedication and passion in a world that is increasingly automated and divorced from the touch and nuance of human craftsmanship – the very thing that helps define us as a species. Literature is an art of illumination. Every author wants to shed light on some truth no matter what form the writing takes: fiction or non-fiction. Writing is a pursuit of knowledge and understanding; the desire to bring attention to a story that needs to be told, whether it be about a person, an imagined life, an issue, a part of our history or the human condition. This is why literature is important. We’re not only enriched by it; we’re connected to it.
My hope is that the ILLUMINATION project will be viewed by the Canadian public as an inclusive art project reflecting the diversity of our country through the 150 portraits I have taken. The ILLUMINATION photographic collection is my gift to the country I came to in 1982, and a way of celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Canada in 2017. In this spirit, it was also important that the project celebrate both emerging and established authors from all genres of writing, ethnic background and gender.
Canada is a country known for its modesty. But we have every reason to feel proud of our literary excellence and to herald our Canadian authors whose words of truth, solace and wisdom are read by people from around the world. ILLUMINATION is about bringing into focus portraits of those who write the words in silence and in solitude.
For more information on the exhibitions please visit www.raynesillumination.com
ILLUMINATION VENUES:PORTRAITS OF CANADIAN LITERATURE – Crystal Art Sculpture, Gardiner Museum, Toronto – Oct 26 – Nov 11, 2015
PORTRAITS OF CANADIAN AUTHORS – Portrait Photography, International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre – Oct 22 – Nov 1, 2015
PORTRAITS OF CANADIAN AUTHORS – Portrait Photography, Toronto Reference Library – Oct 11 – Nov 1, 2015
Rachel Weiner, Communications and Volunteer Assistant Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, T: 416 408 5062 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maeve O’ Regan, Communications & Marketing Coordinator International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, T: 416 973 5836E: email@example.com
Yvonne Hunter, Manager, Programming, Cultural + Special Events, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, T: 416 393 7098 E: firstname.lastname@example.org