"Signs of Your Identity" among the Most Stunning Photo Books of 2016 by Mother Jones.
"Signs of Your Identity" is selected as one of the Best Books of 2016 by Photo-eye.
Copyright 2016 FotoEvidence. All rights reserved.
Photographs Copyright© 2016 Daniella Zalcman
Foreword: Copyright© 2016 Marlene McNab
Cree Translation: Doreen Oakes
Cree Editor: Sol Ratt
Photo Editor: Régina Monfort
Text Editor: David Stuart
Design: Mark Weinberg
Signs of Your Identity by Daniella Zalcman is the fruit of the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award. The Book Award is given each year to a photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in documenting social injustice.
The 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award was made possible through the generosity of the Grodzins Fund.
Signs of Your Identity
documents stories of indigenous Canadians who were placed in boarding schools run by the Church in order to force their assimilation into the dominant culture. Zalcman uses double exposure portraits to portray her subjects. These multiple exposure portraits juxtaposes survivors who are still fighting to overcome the memories of their residential school experiences, with the sites where those schools once stood, government documents that enforced strategic assimilation and places where, even today, First Nations people struggle to access services that should be available to all Canadians.
Read an interview with Daniella Zalcman here