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FotoEvidence Book Award 'Signs of Your Identity' Launch and Exhibit

Event Date:

October 26, 2016 - November 4, 2016
MIKE PINAY, Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School (1953-1963).“It was the worst 10 years of my life. I was away from my family from the age of six to 16. How do you learn about family? I didn’t know what love was. We weren’t even known by names back then. I was a number.” Image by Daniella Zalcman. Canada, 2015.

For more than a century, many Western governments operated a network of Indian Residential Schools...


Join 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award winner Daniella Zalcman for the launch of her new book "Signs of Your Identity" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Zalcman discusses her reporting and signs her book during the evening, which also includes an exhibition of Zalcman's "Signs of Your Identity" photography along with the work of FotoEvidence Book Award finalists Mario Cruz, Narciso Contreras, Hossein Fatemi and Ingetje Tadros. The exhibit runs through Friday, November 4, 2016.

The FotoEvidence Book Award is given each year to a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in documenting social injustice. As part of the award, FotoEvidence published Zalcman's work into the book, "Signs of Your Identity."

"Signs of Your Identity" documents the stories of indigenous Canadians who were placed in church-run boarding schools in order to force their assimilation into the dominant culture. Zalcman uses double exposure portraits to portray her subjects. These multiple exposure portraits juxtapose survivors with the sites where those schools once stood, artifacts of forced assimilation and places where, even today, First Nations people struggle to access services that should be available to all Canadians.

For more information on Zalcman's project and to order "Signs of Your Identity," visit the FotoEvidence website.

2016 FotoEvidence Book Award Book and Exhibit Launch
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street
New York, New York, 10025

The exhibit at Cathedral of St. John the Divine runs through Friday, November 4, 2016.


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