Nicole Raziya Fong, <i> Self-portrait as Dawn </i>, 2020, oil on canvas, 90 cm x 75 cm

During a recent conversation with a friend, we struck upon the topic of her nearly complete collection of Nancy Drew hardcovers. I immediately pictured them as they had appeared in my childhood: books aged prematurely by the humidity of numerous seasons spent reading them in the Caribbean.

Fugazi, 2019, Installation view, SFU Teck Gallery 
image credit: Blaine Campbell

The problem with calling something fugazi, whether it is the smoke and mirrors of stock brokers or a zirconium stone, is that it presumes an unassailable veracity or ontology of, say, real labour, or real diamonds.

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