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Living Evidence of the lost 

Rosalie Favell documents the pain of love with photos.

click to enlarge Favell and an ex-lover in  Living Evidence
  • Favell and an ex-lover in Living Evidence

Rosalie Favell puts her heart on display in her latest collection Living Evidence. The Aboriginal artist tactfully uses her self-portraits with her past lovers to showcase the perils and triumphs of romantic relationships. Her subjects' eyes are hidden by tape, which creates a sense of voyeurism. The combination of words on the Polaroid pictures is powerful. The photos become artifacts of Favell's past relationships and her portraits reveal the hope, loss and fear involved. Some of her most powerful works are the stand-alone portraits of the lovers. Favell's absence in these photos denotes her loss of self in the relationships. But not all is lost, there are writings of longing, too. Perhaps this is captured best in her slightly blurry photo with the caption—"There are no endings. Everything is in a circle."

To Feb 19, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 166 Bedford Highway, 457-6160

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