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Under the High Chair

Karina Garcia Casanova, digital photography, 2020

Under the High Chair - April 6, 2020 - Breakfast, digital photography, 2020

When COVID-19 hit and daycares closed for nearly four months, I struggled with finding ways to work on my artistic projects while taking care of my two young children. After the daily activities of feeding, washing, clothing, cleaning, consoling, educating, and playing, there is little time or energy to make work. The problem of reconciling artistic creation and domestic work existed long before daycares closed. But during the pandemic the situation reached a whole new level of incommensurability. This photo series, Under the High Chair, chronicles the daily mess that Mathias, my 18-month-old, leaves under his high chair after each meal. Every day, three times a day, I scrub the floor of the food scraps. This work and the countless other gestures of care that I perform regularly and repetitively normally goes unnoticed. I’m interested in how documenting the mess freezes the gesture and makes it visible.

Under the High Chair - June 11, 2020 - Lunch, digital photography, 2020
Under the High Chair - March 22, 2020 - Dinner and Lunch, digital photography, 2020
Under the High Chair - May 14, 2020 - Breakfast, digital photography, 2020
Under the High Chair - March 25, 2020 - Dinner, digital photography, 2020

Born in Mexico, Karina Garcia Casanova is a filmmaker and photographer based in Montreal. After studies in Philosophy and Literature at McGill university, she directed several short films. In 2014, she completed her first feature length documentary, Juanicas, an intimate meditation on mental illness and rootlessness. Her work has been shown at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Medellin Museum of Contemporary Art, Havana Film Festival, Rendez Vous with Madness, Edinburgh Film Festival, BAFICI, etc. She is currently completing her first year of a Masters in Fine Arts (Film Production) at Concordia University.