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James Nizam

James Nizam

Lives and works in Vancouver.

James Nizam is known for photographs in which the medium’s connection to sculpture and architecture is explored, as well as notions of the home and the ephemeral. In his early Dwelling Series, Nizam went into abandoned houses and illuminated them with flashlights, recording the light-tracings on colour film. In the Anteroom works, he made these types of rooms into camera obscuras that displayed the outside landscapes indoors, photographing the results. His 2010 Memorandoms series of prints showed elaborate sculptures he had made out of objects in a shut-down public housing complex slated for demolition. And in his most recent work, he has used arrays of mirrors to make sunlight into strikingly geometric indoor sculptures. These were then displayed in the form of black-and-white prints. Nizam earned his BFA at the University of British Columbia in 2002. His work has been exhibited in Boston, Los Angeles and Zurich as well as galleries across Canada. In 2011, he was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award.

James Nizam, Dart, 2011 Courtesy Gallery Jones