Keno City of Silver 4 min. excerpt
Since the portholes of the Elsa silver mine closed for good in 1989, the population of Keno City, a community that housed many of Elsa’s miners and workers, dwindled to a mere twenty inhabitants. But unlike many other frontier mining towns, this tiny end-of-the-road settlement defied complete abandonment. In Keno, a close-knit group of people continue to live out their dreams while working towards reviving a town with almost no services. This film draws a portrait of a quasi-ghost town as it shifts into a new era. Through her regular practice as an analogue film photographer, the author engages and identifies with the town as she searches out Keno’s raison d’être. Through detailed and storied observations, captured in both video and film footage, Keno City of Silver connects the collapse of the silver mining industry with filmography, mirroring the history of Keno with that of silver-based photography and the arrival of the digital age.
HD video and Super 8 transfer.
Produced, directed and edited by Jessica Auer.
Cinematography by Terryll Loffler.
Musical performances by Scott Buchanan and Steve Slade
Jessica Auer: Biography
Jessica Auer is a photographer and visual artist from Montreal. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of landscapes as cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect history, place, journey and cultural experience. Jessica received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and has since exhibited across Canada and abroad. An avid wanderer, she has participated in numerous international artist residencies including the Banff Centre in Alberta, The Brucebo Travel Residency based in Gotland, Sweden, The Chilkoot Trail AIR in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, the Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland and the Baer Art Center in Hofdaströnd, Iceland. While at home, Jessica teaches photography at Concordia University.
Recent exhibitions: Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon 2016; La Quadrilatère, Beauvais, France 2016; Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal 2016; Oslo8, Basel, Switzerland 2015; The Gotland Museum of Art, Visby, Sweden 2015; Sporobole centre en art actuel, Sherbrooke 2014; VU Photo, Quebec City, 2013 and The Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 2013.
Filmography: Still Ruins, Moving Stones, 2014.