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26 Jul. 2022

Book Launch: Swimming Up a Dark Tunnel

Presented by Art Metropole and Gallery 44

Join Art Metropole and Gallery 44 for the launch of Letticia Cosbert Miller’s publication, Swimming Up a Dark Tunnel, on July 26 at Art Metropole, 896 College St, Toronto, from 6-8PM. The event will include remarks and a short author reading inside, followed by an outdoor reception.⁠

Swimming up a Dark Tunnel features essays by writer and curator Letticia Cosbert Miller published through the 2020/21 Writer-in-Residence program at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.⁠

Each year, Gallery 44 invites a writer to explore concepts related to photography and image-culture as understood through their own research interests. Cosbert Miller explores the subject of water to draw in many of her interests, including Classics, and the writings of Dionne Brand and Toni Morrison to name just a few. ⁠

The essays explore water as a historical and political site. Public pools, swimwear, migration across water that is forced, willing and unwilling. The beach is an intersection for bikini clad vacationers and displaced refugees. The sea is a boundary or portal where Poseidon dwells in the depths, along with the victims of the Middle Passage. Cosbert Miller brings all these intersections together and threads personal experience as well as pop culture references throughout all four essays.⁠

Also included in the publication is a conversation commissioned by Gallery 44, between curator Heather Rigg and Letticia Cosbert Miller about the residency experience and her choice of subject matter. The interview explores a wide range of topics, including working in the art world and the necessity of art criticism. ⁠

We hope to see you at the launch! Please note that masks are required inside Art Metropole. Refreshments will be provided outdoors during the reception portion of the event.⁠

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