Dark Trees and Hoardings both emphasize a propensity for locating the ecstatic sublime within nature. The latter two series emerged from an exurban region in Norway, where authors, including Mary Wollstonecraft and Karl Ove Knausgård—both vital figures in Davey’s work—spent much of their time in nature’s restorative embrace, later recreating their experiences in prose.

Photographs from Gold Dumps and Ant Hills document two kinds of excavation seen outside of Johannesburg, South Africa: one human-made and the other insect-Borne. The human-made excavation represents earthen residue from the region’s ongoing mining industry, which more recently gained attention for possessing toxic materials that threaten neighbouring communities.


The artistic practice of Moyra Davey (born in Toronto, ON, Canada; lives in New York City, NY, USA) involves photography, film, and writing. She has produced several works of film and is the author of numerous publications including Burn the Diaries (2014) and The Problem of Reading (2003). Davey has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at institutions including: Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, 2017; Bergen Kunsthall, 2016; and Camden Arts Centre, London, 2014. She is the 2018 recipient of the Scotiabank Photography Award.

Exhibition Site

259 Lake Shore Blvd East

The life of this nondescript building reveals the area’s economic history. Its first tenant in 1945, the Standard Chemical Company, produced methanol, formaldehyde, and charcoal. A railway line to the south tethered the site to the movement of goods. By 1954, the building was divided into a warehouse and a showroom, a configuration that remained intact over the course of various leaseholders, including oil and electrical supply companies and a series of car dealerships. (The advertising of its most recent tenant, Volvo, is still visible on the façade.) This building’s fate is indeterminate, as real estate development is increasingly filling the voids left by industrial decline.

259 Lake Shore Blvd East
Toronto ON
M5A 3T7