Sylvia Grace Borda

Shifting Perspectives

By (photographer): Sylvia Grace Borda
ISBN 9781772033298
Softcover | Publication Date: May 19, 2020
Book Dimensions: 8.5 in. x 10 in.
224 Pages

About the Book

A thought-provoking art book exploring changing landscapes through the pioneering work of Canadian photographer Sylvia Grace Borda.

Sylvia Grace Borda made a substantial debut into new media and photo art when she launched Every Bus Stop in Surrey, BC. With this piece, Borda reclaimed California coastal conceptual photo strategies from the 1960s and used them to document a large Canadian city by its own transit system. This marked her entry into international recognition. Since then, Borda has undertaken epic projects to re-imagine urban spaces, from the “New Towns” of East Kilbride and Glenrothes in Scotland to modernist faith buildings in Northern Ireland.

In this dazzling new monograph, Sylvia’s exceptional body of work is examined and placed in both a regional and international context. Specifically, her practice developed in Surrey is examined in relation to art history, the Vancouver School of Art, digital media, community engagement, and projects concluded in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Finland. Featuring essays by renowned curators, artists, and scholars—each presenting specific perspectives on how Borda’s diverse arts practice has shifted and expanded the mediums of art, photography, and social awareness—Sylvia Grace Borda: Shifting Perspectives constructs a conversation between the remembrance of place and current narratives in art history.

About the Author(s)

Jordan Strom is a curator and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. As curator of the Surrey Art Gallery since 2009, Strom has curated exhibitions and projects at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kamloops Art Gallery, Presentation House Gallery, Republic Gallery, and others. Jordan holds an MFA in Art History from the University of British Columbia and is the author and editor of numerous articles and essays on contemorary art.

Sylvia Grace Borda is a member of a growing field of artists tackling cultural policy through the visual arts. She is a sought-after and respected voice at the forefront of culture-led, socio-economic, and community-development/engagement projects in Canada and the UK. She has worked nationally and internationally in senior roles in the creative and cultural industries for seventeen years.


"A perfect blend of appreciation of place, form, technique, and the passage of time." - Maria Lantin, Director, Basically Good Media Lab, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
"This book will make you see that the possibilities for photography are still wide open for exploration" - Edward J. Bateman, University of Utah
“Borda’s camera(s) are a witness of a place and time. But it is the way in which she works with the media provided to her by cameras that produces art—and her artworks will be meaningful for generations to come.” - Liane Davison, curator and director, Surrey Art Gallery, 1990-2018