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.

Bio

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

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