O Human Child
Canadian author W.O. Mitchell’s seminal book Who Has Seen the Wind depicts life as a child in rural Saskatchewan in the 1930s. Through stories of everyday events of a young boy trying to make sense of life, death and God, Mitchell addresses universal themes in an authentic Canadian prairie voice.
Seventy years after its publication, “O Human Child” takes a contemporary look at children growing up in rural Saskatchewan, and considers how the tensions and complexities of childhood today both contrast and mirror those of Mitchell’s time.
*Title borrowed from W.B. Yeats poem The Stolen Child
Vera Saltzman is a Canadian photographer who primarily explores themes of identity, place and memory. Growing up on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, where relocation is a given, she moved many times. Each move was challenging, and often left her feeling uprooted. She turned to photography to forge new connections and develop a sense of belonging.
She graduated from the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). Her artwork has been exhibited and published regionally, nationally and internationally including: Art Toronto and Contact Photography Festivals in Toronto; Ottawa Magazine, Black & White, British Journal of Photography and Photo LIfe. It has appeared on a number of online sites including The Atlantic and Lenscratch, and has been acquired by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the City of Ottawa for their permanent collections. Vera received the top prize in the Saskatchewan Prairie Light Photography Festival Portfolio review which resulted in a solo exhibition and received two Applied Arts Awards for creative excellence.