Alana Riley is a Canadian artist living and working in Montreal. Through photography and video, she attempts to analyze to what extent our social environment influences our behaviour and relationships with others. Her approach often resembles social experimentation: she enjoys observing people in their work environment to get a sense of the degree to which our daily actions shape our identity.
The photo series I am still what I meant to be was produced during an artist’s residency in Rimouski. Riley invited volunteers to think back to when they were kids and the kind of job they dreamed of doing when they would grow up. She then photo graphed them in two different environments: doing the work they dreamed of doing, and at their current job.
The resulting portraits are presented as diptychs that create a parallel between the dream and the reality—the world of childhood and the much less imaginative world of work.
© Picture by Alana Riley