From November 26th 1988 to December 18th 1988 Foreign Relations : Re-W/riting a Narrative in Parts
"By the force of an incription you are w/riting before the word—Even as you ook over this fascination for an image—To see the rules of your expression becomes the laws of an exchange—In which detail is your obsession—And yet in difference is your undoing dancing the death of sameness.
"Foreign Relations" is multi-dimensional, multi-layered metaphor for the practice of photography as an art form and for its culpability in helping to maintain fundamental muths about visual representation, sexual difference and identity, knowledge and power. The title "Foreign relations" is the entry point to this work's agendas. By providing an initial reading for the work the title suggests a sense of rule and regulations, diplomacy and intrigue whose citing/siting/sighting takes place as much between he sexes vis a vis the agency of photography as it does between nations vis a vis the agencies of the body-politic. Indeed both senses of "foreign relations" can be found to operate in this work and in fact each depends on the other to tell the full tale written into the visual narrative of "Foreign Relations".
-Press release (Optica)
Geoff Miles is a photographer and is living in Toronto."