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Harry Was a Cow Caller
Lisa Murzin photographer

Exhibition Dates: May 18 – May 31
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 23, 7-11pm

#Hashtag Gallery
830 Dundas St. West,
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 1V3

T: 905 616 8658

Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 4-10 pm, Sat-Sun 2-8
www.hashtaggallery.com


Harry Was a Cow Caller is an ongoing documentary project that examines small farming in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Murzin’s focus is regionally specific: since 2013. A recurring subject in this series, Harry is a cow caller. The past tense of the exhibition title alludes to the rapid disappearance of his way of life and livelihood, the increasingly obsolete skills and traditions he embodies. Cattle calling might soon be a thing of the past as family farms continue to be replaced by cash-crop corporate conglomerates. In light of what seems inevitable, it is crucial to document Harry and his kith now.

This exhibition is comprised of variously-sized still images—black and white analogue as well as colour digital prints. It will also include audio of farmer Harry calling his cattle that viewers can activate by scanning a QR-code with their smartphones: no-tech meets high-tech, old-school meets in-vogue. Harry’s disembodied voice will sound, resound, and reverberate differently depending on the gallery-goer. Visitors are also invited to share their own farm stories and memories in a handmade book that will accompany the exhibition.


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Lisa Murzin is a Toronto-based photographer who transitions comfortably between her personal documentary work and her professional commercial practice, between black & white and colour images, and between film and digital technologies. Drawn to the slow time and solitary space of her darkroom, the textures and rhythms of old-school film development nurture Murzin’s creativity in an increasingly pixelated world.


Contact:
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e : lisamurzinphotography@gmail.com

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