When the Canadian Centre for Architecture building was conceived and designed as an addition to the nineteenth-century Shaughnessy House, it also became an addition to the CCA’s extensive collection. Accordingly, the inaugural exhibitions in the new building in 1989 included a display on the Building and Gardens. The CCA, which plays an influential role in furthering research into architecture and photography, itself became a photographic subject.
The building and gardens of the CCA have been widely studied and photographed, but above all they have been inhabited. While the traces of their inhabitation appear to the public primarily through exhibitions, publications, and public events, the most profound marks are created through the daily life of the institution, the process of research and residencies that often remains out of view. The exhibition presents a survey of these photographic traces.
Curator: Eszter Steierhoffer, CCA.