Edward Hillel’s practice explores the urban fabric through themes such as vernacular architecture, history & the persistence of memory, citizen activism, portraiture and the street. How can photographers’ process, including activities such as walking, researching, witnessing, interviewing and documenting with images, sounds and texts - be shaped into a cartography of engagement. A conversation between the artist, moderators Dr. Susan Hansen, Paul Halliday, Stefano Carnelli and the public.
Photographer and multidisciplinary artist Edward Hillel works at the nexus of history+memory, cities in flux, archives, public space & social practice. He has been awarded the Verband der Deutschen Kritikerpreis fur Bildende Kunst Berlin / German Critics Visual Arts Prize (Berlin), The Golden Sheaf Film Award (Canada), the Prix Alain de Rothschild (France) and the Spiro Institute Arts Award (UK). Collections include the Museum of Photography (Belgium), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Montreal), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Archives (France) and the National Gallery of Prague. His photos have appeared in Le Monde, Esquire, Fortune, Newsweek and Paris Match & film collaborations have screened on ARTE, CBC, FUJI TV, PBS & CHANNEL FOUR. Publications include The Main: Portrait of a Neighborhood (1987), Speaking Stones (1993), Contes mnemoniques (1997), Fragments – Berlin/Weimar (1999), Edward Hillel; Photographs and Installations (2001), Coming Soon… (2002). 125th: Time in Harlem (2014). Born in Baghdad and raised in Montreal, Edward studied political science at McGill University and worked for a decade as a community organizer before embarking on a career in the arts.