Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Ursula Handleigh, 019 from the series Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014-2016, Silver Gelatin Prints, Silk, Cotton, Burlap, Cotton Thread
Ursula Handleigh, 019 from the series Breathing Into Empty Spaces
Ursula Handleigh, Journal Series, Page 55, 2016, 2014, Archival Inkjet Print on Silk Organza, Cotton Thread, 12”x17”
Ursula Handleigh, Journal Series, Page 55, 2016
Ursula Handleigh, 068 from the series Breathing Into Empty Spaces, 2014-2016, Silver Gelatin Prints, Silk, Cotton, Burlap, Cotton Thread
Ursula Handleigh, 068 from the series Breathing Into Empty Spaces
2016 Featured Exhibition

Ursula Handleigh
Palimpsest

January 23–June 19, 2016
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay W

"Between presence and absence, Palimpsest is an intervention into the familial archive. Working with thread and light, I am retracing the transitory moments of my ancestral past. Being the first generation of my family born in Canada, I have always felt detached from my family’s history. Growing up, I was surrounded by old family photographs and enveloped by the stories that accompanied them. The stories I heard about my parents and ancestors informed who I am and filled in the gaps of my own life’s story. These memories, created by others before me, became an extension of my own. Methodically retracing these remnants, I am creating my own ephemeral moment, physically binding myself to a familial history from which I was detached while simultaneously constructing the kinship I longed for."
— Ursula Handleigh

Ursula Handleigh is a conceptual lens-based artist whose practice explores questions of identity, perception, memory, and familial relationships. Palimpsest features almost 100 silver gelatin prints onto which Handleigh has hand-sewn using cotton thread, which are presented alongside her Journal series, where needle and thread are used to retrace her father’s journal. Large-scale reproductions of the artist’s work are also on view within the gallery and outside the building.

Curated by Patrick Macaulay

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.