Kyler Zeleny: Out West

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Color, Contemporary, Photobook

Out West is a visual travelogue documenting rural communities in the Canadian west. Over a hundred communities of between six and 1,000 inhabitants were documented.


The project offers a version of the current state of affairs in the Canadian West, exploring how rural spaces experience an urban-rural time lag. The images conjure up a Vonnegut-like idea of being “unstuck in time”, where objects and the built landscape deceive the viewer as to what period they belong too.“


Out West-001

Population: 236

Out West-002

Population: 58

Out West-003

Population: 566


„The idea for the project came when I was living in London, originally it was not intended as a book. I started to see a lot of emphasis being placed on ‘the urban’ in popular culture and academia. I felt that rural studies were lacking, possibly being undervalued as a redundant system. I also try to work off the belief that when everyone is looking at one thing (no matter the mechanism or approach), it is best to set one’s gaze upon something else.“ (Kyler Zeleny)


Out West-004

Population: 985

Out West-006

Population: 988

Out West-007

Population: 394


Mein Fazit:  Ein kleines unscheinbares Juwel. Bilder von ergreifender Klarheit und Intensität. Nichts ist hier laut und grell. Dazu 3  Essays, die die Bilder auf wunderbare Weise ergänzen.  So entsteht eine sehr dichte, auf das Wesentliche konzentrierte Arbeit. Chapeau! Chris W.

Please note: All images and texts are protected by Copyright and belong to the Artist.



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