Vera Saltzman: O Human Child

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Project Statement:

Canadian author W.O. Mitchell’s seminal book Who Has Seen the Wind depicts life as a child in rural Saskatchewan in the 1930s. Through stories of everyday events of a young boy trying to make sense of life, death and God, Mitchell addresses the theme of being human, articulating a universal theme in an authentic Canadian Prairie voice.

Seventy years after its publication, “O Human Child” takes a contemporary look at children growing up in rural Saskatchewan, and considers how the tensions and complexities of childhood today both contrast and mirror those of Mitchell’s time.

*Title borrowed from W.B. Yeats poem The Stolen Child

Artist Bio:

Vera Saltzman is a Canadian photographer who primarily explores themes of identity, place and memory. She is a graduate of the Portfolio Development Program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). Currently based in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, she is represented by Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina.


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