Where the Trees Stood in Water

Bam bitchell, Alexis Mitchell, Sharlene Bamboat


Where the Trees Stood in Water is a series of Cyanotype prints tracing the historic and contemporary transformations of Toronto’s Entertainment District. Each print is accompanied by an archival document which forms a narrative connecting geography to stories of colonization, industrialization and the transient bodies of those affected by the remaking of Toronto’s landscape.


Juxtaposing text and image, Where the Trees… pushes against the archival documentation of Toronto’s past and challenges the stories told about colonialism, labour and migration.


With playful reproductions, Bambitchell invites hidden, obscured, lost, and silenced narratives of colonial history to surface and tell new stories about the geography of Toronto’s core.


Bambitchell, visual art, blueprints, geography, colonialism

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MANAGING EDITORS   Sarah Iannicello, Benjamin J. Kapron

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VOL 20 CFP PRIMARY AUTHOR   Ronak Ghorbani Nejad

SCHOLARLY REVIEW TEAM   James Arruda, Nicole Beuglet, Julie Chamberlain, Aadita Chaudhury, Amanda Di Battista, Kesha Fevrier, Sarah Iannicello, Adam Linnard, Jessica Lukawiecki, Jacob McLean, Michaela McMahon, Indra Singh

CREATIVE REVIEW TEAM   Nicole Beuglet, Amanda Di Battista, Sarah Iannicello, Morgan Johnson, Kelly King, Andrew Mark, Eva Mencin, Indra Singh

COPY EDITORS   Sarah Iannicello, Benjamin J. Kapron, Rachel Lam, Anthony Sandre

LAYOUT AND DESIGN   Benjamin J. Kapron, Kelly King, Scott Lillico, Max Meyer

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS   Sarah Iannicello, Adam Linnard, Jessica Lukawiecki, Jacob McLean

TREASURER   Jeffrey Zavala

PRINTER   York University Printing Services, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON  M3J 1P3 printing@yorku.ca

FUNDING SUPPORT   Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University), PhD Environmental Studies Student Association

SPECIAL THANKS TO   Nina de Jesus, Amanda Di Battista, Ruben Esguerra, Steve Glassman, Darren Patrick, Lily Piccone, Dr. Catriona Sandilands, and Dr. Peter Timmerman

COVER ARTWORK   Kokila Bhattacharya