Pat Kane

Pat Kane, Canada

“For me, the theme Reset is about introspection and motivation.”

Pat Kane is a documentary photographer living in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. He works in small, remote sub-arctic communities to help amplify stories that impact people who live in northern Canada. Most of his projects are about issues important to Indigenous people: connection to the land and identity.

“Pat Kane is covering a remote region with a unique sensibility. He is an indigenous Canadian of the Timiskaming First Nation. Canada's Indigenous people need better representation of their point of view in media, nationally and internationally. Kane is also committed to elevating the level of photography among his people,” said Roger LeMoyne, photographer and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

In his 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project, Pat Kane seeks to capture the resiliency of the people living in the Northwest Territories in their attempt of ‘resetting’ from the past and moving towards meaningful self-determination. For generations, the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Territories have lived under the laws of the Canadian government and the values of European settlers through forced assimilation. Addiction, homelessness, disease and suicide are some effects of this system which still exist today. However, the desire for Indigenous peoples to reclaim their identity is ongoing. In this project, Kane will reflect on their process of “indigenizing” and how people are interpreting this concept.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“The masterclass is a great opportunity to collaborate with peers and mentors from around the world. I'm most looking forward to meeting everyone and learning about their projects and how they approach their stories. I'm also excited to share what I learn with younger photographers in my local community, so that we can all become better storytellers together,” said Kane.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“For me, the theme Reset is about introspection and motivation. It means thinking about who you are now, understanding the kind of person you want to be, and then moving forward with a renewed sense of purpose,” said Kane.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass