Filmmaker, video artist, photographer. A Toronto-based visual artist, Foster uses urban landscapes and “mediated geographies”(1) to capture, rather than represent, subjectivity and social movement. Treated as data, the images she collects become part of and expose sets of information that she renders visible through amalgamation and superimposition. She also explores spatiality through a more conventional documentary format. In her 2006 film 533 Statements, Foster sets up to travel across Canada, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, in order to collect statements and information from queer woman all over the country. In Queerpolis: Toronto 1972-2008 (2008) she creates an oral history of the changes that occurred in the urban and queer neighbourhoods of Toronto between 1972 and 2008. Whether she’s collecting testimonies or data, Foster’s work seeks to map out the changes between individual politics and larger urban social changes.
(1) Artist’s website. http://www.torifoster.com/work.shtml. Accessed Novembre 2014.