Nancy Forde is a Canadian photographer and self-described visual seanachaí, (Irish for storyteller). Via her lens, she traverses what perceptible seas she can between the connection of place to themes of belonging, solitude, absence, erasure, time, memory, family, health, navigation and boundaries. Her shutter aims to amplify voices and stories surrounding the rights and realities of marginalized groups with a special focus on reproductive and mental health. Polar health also draws her eye (including Arctic sustainability, cultural preservation, survival, food security, its status as ‘ground zero’ for climate change and issues from the continued fallout of colonialism, like inter-generational trauma). She further aims to push traditional perceptions of home, family, gender and the North.
Of particular fascination is fertility and barrenness in both land and humans, and how each imprints upon the other, especially in an age of anthropogenic climate change.
A current documentary project, Womb, examines ‘what we carry and what we shed’ and how courage and resilience bleed through the myriad ways the uterus affects our lives, good or bad. In 2018, she hopes to birth her Tundra project, a visual ultrasound to map themes of infertilty and fecundity in lives and landscapes encountered above the 66th parallel.