Oakworld

  • Installation: map showing what country local shop owners emigrated from

  • Photo collage, 6' x4', mounted on board

  • Oakwood Village Library and Art Centre, from 2002 to 2012

I photographed people in stores and small businesses, for the three blocks where my studio was located, on Oakwood Avenue in Toronto.

 

The strip was a nondescript conglomeration of dollar stores, a pest control center, a driving school, a drugstore,  and so on.

 

It is anchored by a beautiful community library, the Oakwood Village Library and Art Centre. I asked everyone where they were from and the year they came to Canada, and placed their pictures on a map of the world.