In this compelling image by Shani Mootoo—the strategic framing of the photograph draws the viewer’s eye down the length of a long, bright corridor past a succession of glass French doors. But a resting figure on a white bed just visible behind the glass draws the eye inside. This creates a tension between interior and exterior, between known and unknown, public and private. There is a quiet voyeurism at play here. This is Mootoo’s signature—engaging photographs of interior spaces that invite the viewer to discover a personal story. This giclee print is number 1 from an edition of 10.
“The manner in which I take a photo is very much assuring me that what I saw was there—particularly in this day and age when truth and reality seem to be contentious and subjective.” Shani Mootoo
An accomplished writer, filmmaker, painter and photographer Shani Mootoo earned a BFA from the University of Western Ontario, and an MA in English from the University of Guelph. Her novels have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Mootoo's paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally, most notably at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Queen’s Museum in NYC, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and at the Venice Biennale. Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and raised in Trinidad. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.