DANA DAL BO
Dana Dal Bo’s is an emerging contemporary Canadian artist whose work moves in and between photo, video, textiles, performance, and the net. She draws inspiration from reality TV, surveillance practices, the history of medicine and psychology, infomercials and pop culture, and porn. Themes of contemporary anxiety, voyeurism, exhibitionism, narcissism and feminism dominate her work. Dal Bo recently completed her MFA in Fibres and Material Practices at Concordia University and currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.
June 12-17, 2017
In Watching My Reflected Image I Have Begun to Surveil Myself
Dal Bo has sourced vintage negatives through online channels of individuals gazing in mirrors and developed them as one-off silver gelatin prints. The source and subjects of the photographs are unknown, and in developing the images Dal Bo engages with problems of image production, distribution, copyright and consent. Framed with the original negative embedded inside, the responsibility for the life of that image is then passed along to the acquirer of the work.
Selected naked bathroom selfies from self-Less have been rephotographed using a 4×5 camera to create a series of unique carbon prints from hand-made negatives. The tension of combining digitally pirated images with a rare and complex traditional photographic process is reflected in the series title Carbon Copy, which refers to the manual process of copying documents that has been coopted in digital correspondence as CC.