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Artist Shaun Tan’s sketches reveal strange yet familiar creatures

From his earliest drawings to today, Shaun Tan uses what he sees in the real world and throws it “far across a pond of weirdness in order to see some meaning in the ripples,...

Minh Carrico: Harvester of time

The autumn afternoon was surprisingly clear and bright. Minh Carrico and I strolled along familiar streets canopied by sweet gum trees, their leaves aflame. Mid chatter, we both stopped as we sensed shadows moving...

You’ll want to read Shaun Tan’s illustrated short stories again and again

Tales from the Inner City has sat on my bedside table for a long time. Unlike the other books piled beneath it, I keep going back to its pages. I have read every page,...

Shaun Tan sparks imagination with Singing Bones

How do you spark someone’s imagination? How do you rouse them from their everyday way of looking at something, to see something both familiar and strange? Shaun Tan can do this. The artist and writer...

Toronto (& The World) Through the Lens of Tong Lam

Artistic commentary on capitalism

Nourishment in an Abandoned Landscape

At a lecture in Seattle many years ago, photographer Graciela Iturbide talked about the commitment it took to photograph people. For “Images of the Spirit,” (Aperture, 1996), she traveled throughout her native Mexico, often...

Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces

How could this be? After reading “Carlos Villa and the Integrity of Spaces,” edited by American Studies Theodore S. Gonzalves, I was left wondering why, until this collection of writings, there had not been...

Tibet: Culture on the Edge

Phil Borges went back to Tibet in 2009, with a plan to continue on the path he had been on. For the last several years, the Mercer Island-based photographer had been working with non-governmental...

Three Views of a Changing China

Even after the Olympics in Beijing, China continues to transform itself at a startling pace, driven by the opening of its economic market to modernize. This trio of books document a turning point in...