The City at the End of Things | Arteca | Visual Ethnography
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The City at the End of Things

Damián Arteca


What does it mean to photograph a remainder? Sudbury Ontario, a Northern city responsible for a vast chunk of the world’s nickel production, has produced a landscape full of distances, absences, and looming architectures. In this photo essay, I take my hometown of Sudbury as an example of what Phil A. Neel (2018) dubs Hinterland, that growing desert between urban centers characterized by active (and abandoned) sites of extraction. Sudbury’s nickel mine remains active, but recent economic decline, catastrophic cuts to educational funding, and a crippling wave of fentanyl addiction have multiplied the presence of absence. In this photo essay, I have attempted to photograph the feeling of aesthetic remainder – whatever is left of a city’s presence when something fundamental has been subtracted. Empty streets. Closed businesses. The slow creak of a rusty sign. Factories subtracted of workers, looming watertowers subtracted of water. Occasionally, a freight train wanders south, subtracting a few thousand tons of ore. It is the remainder of these subtractions that I have hoped to capture.


hinterland; anthropocene; ontario; partial object; anthropology; visual ethnography

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LAMPMAN, Archibald

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NEEL, Phil A.

Hinterland: America's New Landscape of Class and Conflict. London: Reaktion Books.

ZIZEK, Slavoj

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
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