23 × 15 cm | 6 × 9 in 50 ills | 80 pages Paperback
Photographer: Velibor Božović
In 1988, to mark the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography, the city of Montreal designated six streets within a new housing development in Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles to be named after important historical photographers from Montreal. Plans for the new neighbourhood were drawn up and the names of William Notman, Ovilla Allard, George Arless, Edgar Gariépy, Conrad Poirier and Alexander Henderson found their place onto the official map of the city. They remained there until 2007, when the Montreal administration finally admitted that the streets were never going to be built and removed the photographers’ names from the maps. Today, the designated area remains a wasteland, though, eerily, the shape of the developments and the street names still appear on Google Maps.
Photographer Velibor Božović’s work focuses on the curious story of this development that never was, using it as a starting point to explore Montreal's broader relationship with its own visual history. Nothing Will Surprise You Here collects Božović’s photographs, stills and scripts from his short films alongside archival material and copies of real and online maps, using them to tell a surprisingly relatable story of how places need not be physically realised in order to impact the people who intellectually interact with them.
Nothing Will Surprise You Here is one of an ongoing number of publications produced in partnership with Dazibao, Montreal.
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