JORGE CUETO (Photographer / Photojournalist / Lone Chronicler)
Jorge Cueto studied and graduated from the History Program at Laurentian University in Sudbury in 2005. In 2008 Jorge Cueto graduated from Photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville. In 2010 Jorge sponsored the opening of CuetoImages Studios. Following the establishment of his studio, Cueto documented a series of visual stories in the Sudbury area, ranging from the documentation of the Nickel Industry at VALE in Copper Cliff, to the photo studies of closed off cultural groups such as Motorcycle Clubs. Since the summer of 2011, Jorge has been documenting Motorcycle Culture. In 2011 Cueto spent two months with the Independent Motorcycle Corporation documenting the symbols, behaviours and language that make up Motorcycle Culture in the North. As a Historian and a visual Artist Cueto seeks to decipher, translate, his experiences to new audiences. As a resident of Sudbury, Cueto has recorded the transition of Downtown Sudbury, its architecture along with the people who people who live and work on its streets. For instance, since 2012 Cueto has worked on a series of reportages about Downtown Sudbury including Sudbury Secondary School, The Laurentian School of Architecture in Downtown Sudbury in 2013; This includes a photographic biography of a local tailor Damiano Perri in Downtown Sudbury in published in the 2014 Spring Edition of Sudbury Living Magazine.
In addition to his historical and biographical documentation in Downtown Sudbury, for the last few years Cueto has travelled to White River in Northern Ontario to establish relations with and interview a group of residents whose stories were unique, as they both served in World War 2 and were also former workers with the Canadian Pacific Railway. The context in which these stories were documented was to establish a record of life in White River by interviewing residents with stories to tell. As of January 2015, the biographies of E.J. Charlie Linklater and Walter Spadoni have been published.
Being a photographer has allowed Cueto to witness and document the changes that have occurred in Northern Ontario from an industrial, historical and social perspective.
The group of artists collaborating on BrokeDownTown have spent the past few months exploring the stories and ghosts behind one of downtown Sudbury's most historic buildings: 67 Elm Street. Formerly home to Silverman's Department Store, the self-proclaimed "Greatest Store in Northern Ontario." The building is now occupied by Querney's Office Plus, itself a family owned business.
BrokeDownTown inciters Marc Donato and Matthew Heiti spoke with Jason Turnbull on CBC Radio's Morning North about the process of creating this new project.
Listen to the interview here.
In BrokeDownTown, we'll be looking at the changing picture of a downtown core, from boom to bust to revival. Incorporating text, music, sound, image and performance, the piece has been devised by a group of artists collaborating across discipline.
BrokeDownTown is a multimedia installation and performance that will take place on September 30 and October 1, 2016 in the beating nickel heart of downtown Sudbury.
Where? Who? How? WHY?
Details on a tomorrow...
Original image courtesy of Greater Sudbury Public Library