(b. 1954 in Ottawa, Canada. Lives and works in Ottawa)
After the Fact
“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing.
About the dark times.”
Writer Bertolt Brecht was living in exile from the Nazis when he penned that opening for a 1939 book of poetry. For Tony Fouhse, the verse sums up the meaning and emotion behind his project After the Fact. Fouhse’s photographs were made in his home town of Ottawa, Canada. They depict it, he states, “as it might be seen and felt in some possible future.” The images are portraits, tableaux, and landscapes assembled into an open-ended narrative. The sequence “points to the regression that’s in the air, to our increasing uncertainty and fear, and to the changing political and physical climates that we find ourselves in these days.”