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And the Transformation Reveals curated by Camille Hong XinThe Guardians

The Guardians, 2015

Vladimir Antaki - Montreal, Canada

A photographic series that was born from a desire to document, preserve the memory of and pay tribute to all the keepers of urban temples that people encounter every day without really noticing. An urban temple – the heart and soul of cities – can be a store, an artisanal shop or a workshop where a human being puts their heart and passion into what they do.

As 'Mom & Pop' shops are disappearing, Vladimir Antaki tries to hold fast to what is quickly becoming a thing of the past. He wanders through cities in many countries taking portraits of shopkeepers in their immediate surroundings.

His life-size photographs will not only bring colour and diversity to the financial district, but also offer people a way to reconnect with the past and a disappearing tradition. The exchange of glances, words and emotion from the viewers in front of these photos is what sustains them all.

Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Vladimir Antaki grew up in Paris and moved to Montreal in 2003. He studied cinema, arts and aesthetics at La Sorbonne in Paris before completing a BA in media and social arts at UQÀM in Montreal. He is a self-taught photographer specializing in portraits. His photo series, The Guardians, has been exhibited in more than 100 cities in France and North America. It won an Infopresse Lux prize in 2013 and was selected to be part of The Other Hundred, a photo-book by the Global Institute For Tomorrow.

Photography Installation


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Katana on Bay

Bay Street & Temperance Street

Suitable for all ages

This project is outdoors.