Fallow La Friche is an experimental video and written work on the reforestation of Eastern Ontario. Written in the tradition of the artist's monograph, the work reclaims the artist's right to expertise in the usually restricted domains of knowledge: geography, demographics, and history. Embracing hybridity, Ross exposes himself and his personal multi-generational histories as he explores this landscape in the midst of decline and abandonment: the places settled by his ancestors.
The artist also steps aside, giving space to those whose stories are not traditionally told; songs and stories in indigenous as well as colonial languages, documentation of queer sexuality and historical photography wrest explanatory monopoly from the author as from the canon of Canadian history and establish the postcolonial understanding in which the book is rooted.
Fallow La Friche is a radical unsettling of the traditional narratives of permanence and prosperity in the Canadian landscape.
Jamie Ross is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. His writing has been widely anthologized and published in zines and periodicals; his award-winning films have screened internationally. He lives in Montreal.
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