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Joyan Saunders
From May 29th 1984 to June 20th 1984
Photographies

Joyan Saunders, native of Terra Nova, Newfoundland, now lives in La Jolla, California, where she is teaching and studying in the M.F.A. programme of the University of California at San Diego. She has shown her photographic works and videos in many Canadian and American centres as well as in Europe. Seventeen of her photographs will show at Optica between May 29th and June 20th, and her videotapes will be available for screenings free of charge at the Vidéographe, Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm for the duration of the exhibition. (Vidéographe: 4550, rue Garnier, near Mont-Royal, 521-2116)

"At present my interests and directions as a visual artist are informed by longstanding concern with certain areas of the Social Sciences. Principally the phenomena of social psychology, the dynamics of cultural socialization processes; the evident malleability of the individual, adaptation, deviance, etc… In my work I often attempt to generate an awareness of and a reflection on such issues- usually by extrapolating from my own experience.

To date practically all of my work in the photography has combined image with text, the two being inter-dependent. This direction evolved following thoughts on the subjectivity of the photographic image and my desire to present compound and articulate information… Recent work shifts away from the personal, anecdotal detail, becoming more reliant on the evocation of associations, although the underlying issues may remain the same. This tendency is perhaps most evident in my videotapes where I feel relatively free from the limitations and misreadings relating to the frozen/frame/frozen moment.

The activities in my tapes often bear reference to compulsion; seemingly illogical behaviour with convoluted roots in rational thought. Although there is a primary awareness of the activity itself, context and stylistic treatment cause it to function principally as a catalyst for associations; a framework for reflections on the psycho-socio dynamics, the implications and origins, of behaviour per se. In themselves, the activities are purpose oriented and the logical completion denotes the end of any given tape.”
- Joyan Saunders
- Press release (Optica)