January 2017

Featured Artist

Ann Mansolino


Thresholds is an ongoing series of photographs that explores the relationship between the internal self and external ideas of past, present, identity, memory, and place. The images are constructed portraits and self-portraits that give visual, photographic form to lived internal experience.

The thresholds in the photographs are both physical and symbolic: they are the passages through spaces and landscapes that are often literally depicted in the images, as well as being the limits of memory, of time, of consciousness, and of self. The images thus function as a symbolic or poetic autobiography; that is to say, they do not depict what particular life events looked like, but rather what they felt like, or could have felt like, in moments of introspection, aspiration, recollection, and dislocation. They explore the aspects of life that are not visible on the surface: how we see ourselves in relation to our pasts, our feelings of belonging and its opposite, and our ideas of who we are and who we think we should be.  The images investigate the ways in which we search for and locate meaning, and reveal the emotional and psychological texture of our experiences.

In order to photographically explore this notion of the interior self through constructed symbol and metaphor, I place objects in the landscape that often function like temporary installations, created solely for the purpose of being photographed, and perform actions over and over, which become rituals that are seen only by the camera. My images are shot on medium or large format black and white film, and are printed as gelatin silver prints in a traditional darkroom.

Ann Mansolino is a photographer whose work investigates issues of memory, personal and family history, and identity through symbolic interactions with the natural and built environment. Originally from the United States, she is currently based in Canada, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, England, Northern Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Slovenia, and Guatemala.