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IN/VISIBLE GEOGRAPHIES: ABSENCE, EMERGENCE, PRESENCE, AND THE FINE ART OF IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION

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ABSTRACT

In this paper I draw on interviews with professional visual artists in Toronto, Canada to reconstruct an occupation-specific reading of the urban landscape. I use a detailed examination of one specific occupational identity to reveal the intricate relationship between self, work, and context at different spatial scales. The underlying mechanism that supports the articulation and negotiation of artistic identities, I argue, is the sustained tension between absence and presence, visibility and invisibility within different spaces of the urban fabric.

Keywords: Canada; Toronto; Visual artists; identity; interviews; visibility

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0040-747X.2004.00327.x

Affiliations: Department of Geography, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 7B8, Canada., Email: abain@trentu.ca

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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