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Power in Resistance

This exhibition exposes voices of resistance and resilience that flourish throughout the Americas as a response to centuries of racism, poverty, and widespread economic and social exclusion of Indigenous peoples in the region. From the southern hemisphere of the Mapuche to the Cree in the north, artists in Power… Read More

Trail Blaze

Liss Platt’s exhibition Trail Blaze utilizes matchbooks collected from all over the world by a travelling salesman in the 1960s and 1970s. The series explores the mystique of “being on the road,” the matchbook as talisman and evidence of “having been there,” and the nostalgia produced by keepsakes. Trail… Read More

Moving Images, Moving People

Film is a form of mechanically reproduced art for creating shared experiences, and the arrival of digital technology has further standardized how the medium is delivered and screened globally. Yet, in China, where mobile cinema has re-emerged as a popular means for the government, big corporations, and even NGOs to… Read More

Passages

In her exhibition Passages, Anthea Baxter-Page captures the spirit and history of India by documenting impact on its architecture. With over one billion citizens, 22 major languages, 29 states, nine major religions, and 11 million tourists and pilgrims annually, every fort, palace, archway, and corridor is steeped in thousands of… Read More

A Thread to See Through

Through photography, collage, and text, artists Clea Christakos-Gee and Leyla Godfrey excavate their matrilineal relationships to foreground the beauty, mystery, and complexity of communication, and art’s capacity as a vehicle for intergenerational transmission. Christakos-Gee examines the creative aptitude that exists in her family across generations: her mother, noted Canadian artist… Read More

This is Indian Land

Stan Williams’ ongoing series This Is Indian Land highlights the front-line struggles for Indigenous self-determination throughout Turtle Island. This exhibition explores the tireless work of communities who are upholding their way of life, their cultures, and their lands against the forces of colonization. In what is known as Canada today, the ongoing… Read More

Bent Atlas

We bend under the weight of images, anxious for a resolution, like the disgraced figure forced to bear the weight of the earth on his back. In Jackson Klie’s exhibition Bent Atlas, photographs are repositioned as queer objects—malleable diffractions, alive with potential. Acting out a “semiotics in drag” through the… Read More

I Almost Didn’t Feel You Leave

Winner of the 2019 Gattuso Prize of $5,000 Concepts of home circulate widely and often predictably. Sophie Sabet’s immersive installation takes a more personal and honest approach to understanding how it is that we might contend with “home” as both place and feeling. Her autobiographical work intimately traces the complexities… Read More

Placeholders

Adam Swica’s analogical, studio-constructed photographs investigate the volumetric geometry of light. The Placeholders series transforms historical constellation patterns into dimensional image fields, where simple line drawings are projected into a particulate atmosphere, essentially a container for light, and captured by the recursive lens. Interested in how the naming of constellations… Read More

Turf

Turf is a collaborative exhibition of staged, documentary, and contemplative photographs exploring literal and abstract concepts of home. It combines selections from ongoing personal projects of five Canadian photographers from the East Coast who comprise the Hot Fog Collective. On a spectrum between place and feeling, individual meanings of home… Read More

two blazing glares, for her pierce

In the exhibition two blazing glares, for her pierce, Sondra Meszaros continues her ongoing exploration of counter-narratives of female sexuality and representation. Through the act of collecting and reworking erotic photographic images from instructional manuals for lighting, drawing, and stock erotica from the 1920s and 1930s, Meszaros uncovers dynamics of… Read More

An Archive, But Not An Atlas

“An archive, but not an atlas: the point here is not to take the world upon one’s shoulders, but to crouch down to the earth, and dig.” —Allan Sekula This group exhibition explores personal and social histories as they are unearthed through movement, gesture, language, and land. Four emerging… Read More

GHOST STORIES

In GHOST STORIES, the artist’s most ambitious exhibition to date, McLeod’s fascination with the intangible pushes unnatural phenomenon into this dimension. Through intentional pairings of IRL output from digital input, he creates interstitial moments that open portals within portals to show how fragile, unknown, and temporary reality is. Read More

A Kind of Return

A Kind of Return brings together projects by Bishara Elmi and Luther Konadu that offer nuanced reflections on interpersonal relationships within Black communities. Konadu is an emerging Winnipeg-based photographer who takes self-portraits and photographs of close friends and loved ones. The resulting images present the subjects on their own terms,… Read More

Douglas Clark: Suite Hereafter

This exhibition presents a condensed survey of significant works by late photographer Douglas Clark (1952 – 1999). Clark was a highly regarded animator and organizer of Canadian photographic art, including many projects during his time as photography curator at the Edmonton Art Gallery (now Art Gallery of Alberta.) Clark’s own… Read More

Glenn Lewis: The Poetic Process

Glenn Lewis: The Poetic Process is a conceptual work that opens a space for conversation between two media: ceramics and photography. Presented for the first time at the Gardiner Museum, this installation combines a series of five pots made during a residency at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, England,… Read More

S’évader (To Escape)

Clara Couzino is a Quebec-based multidisciplinary artist. S’évader (To Escape) is a series of small sets Couzino built using a motley of everyday objects, some in fragments, some found, that represent a number of sunsets. Through these, the feelings of awe that the sight of such majestic moments generates in… Read More

Rwanda Retold: The Enduring Stories of Genocide Survivors

Twenty-five years ago, during the 100 days of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda, an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 women and children were raped. No one was spared: grandmothers were assaulted in the presence of their grandchildren; young women and mothers were brutally violated; children witnessed the massacre of… Read More

Perceptions

Addison Brown, Kris Sanford, and Sara Silks explore the tensions and nuances of how identity is visually constructed and performed through hybrid experimental photography. Brown’s handcrafted, multi-layered ambrotypes construct open-ended narratives that blur the lines between reality and fantasy. His series Suspension of Disbelief blends the ambient effects of cinema… Read More

The Republic of Port-au-Prince

Speaking as part truth and part wry joke, Haitians often refer to their capital as “the Republic of Port-au-Prince.” The city is home to almost 50 percent of the country’s population, and is strikingly different from the rest of the largely rural nation. All cities are rife with contradictions—rich and… Read More

HOMUNCULUS, or the planets seen through my childhood window

As a child, Neeko Paluzzi wanted to grow up to be an astronaut. He spent countless hours alone on his bed using his View-Master to explore the universe, imagining that one day he would see the planets with his own eyes. Recently, Paluzzi found himself sleeping in that same… Read More

The Outsiders

Olga Korper Gallery’s eighth solo exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, The Outsiders, investigates the relevance of Mapplethorpe’s photographs in the current political climate. The nostalgic resurgence of 1980s pop culture in the last few years has brought the return of classic characters—the rebel, the rocker, the outsider, the female… Read More

Tokyo-Yokosuka 1976-1983

Greg Girard’s photographs from Tokyo – Yokosuka 1976 – 1983 are artifacts of a pre-bubble Tokyo, before it acquired imaginative shape as the late 20th century’s default for a 21st-century city. Mixing postwar scruffiness with a transitional modernity, Girard captures moments before the city (and Japan) exploded slow-motion into our… Read More

Trauma Clown

Trauma Clown is a new photographic series by Vivek Shraya (with collaborator Zachary Ayotte) that traces the correlation between the amount of suffering a marginalized artist shares in their work and the increase in their commodification. Using herself as subject, Shraya reveals how artists who experience oppression must repeatedly… Read More

The Trees Want to Remain Quiet, but the Wind Won’t Stop

The Trees Want to Remain Quiet, but the Wind Won’t Stop brings together two bodies of work by Montreal-based artist Hua Jin. Exploring the relationship between landscape photography and solitude, the works portray different wooded areas as a means of reflecting on both the timeless nature of landscape photography… Read More

Fault Lines

Acceptance of change and change through acceptance—Fault Lines explores processes emblematic of observant insight and growth gained from conditions of challenge and disruption. It approaches disturbance with openness and optimism, and challenges the problematic and commonly accepted ideas about disability and aesthetics. Using altered photographs, video, fabricated materials, and… Read More

Further Along The Road

Further Along The Road presents a multi-year investigation into one of Toronto’s most actively transitioning streets. A seemingly unremarkable thoroughfare, Dupont Street is situated alongside the Canadian Pacific Railway line that once marked Toronto’s city limits. Formerly home to bustling industry, Dupont currently offers everything from building supplies to… Read More

Ban’ yuh belly

Ban’ yuh belly focuses on the grief, anger, and mental health of loved ones who are mourning children they have lost due to violence—systemic or otherwise. The works attempt to disturb the normalcy through which Black lives are violently taken and interrupted. Employing a Trinidadian expression meaning “to hold… Read More

Perversions come in all sizes

With Perversions come in all sizes, Christopher Lacroix continues his interrogation of the relentless effort of queer existence, one that both aspires to and rejects a normative system that makes deviant ways of being inadequate. This paradox of simultaneous aspiration and resistance is embodied in Lacroix’s unnerving performances, which maintain… Read More

In the Absence of Paradise

In the Absence of Paradise is the most recent iteration of Jeff Bierk’s ongoing series The Back 40. The series began in 2013 as a means of documenting Bierk’s friends surviving on the streets of Toronto, on colonized land. Named after an empty lot in the Annex where they would… Read More

Take Hold

Take Hold is a concise 25-year survey of work by Toronto-based artist Stephen Andrews. The exhibition explores photographic sources for the artist’s work in drawing, painting, printmaking, and video, and considers how the generations of remove from the “original” as an idea, captured in a photograph, is further shaped… Read More

Beyond the Limits

Noa Im examines questions of media, memory, and reality by investigating individual histories and portraying real human stories. Her work develops dreamlike narrative elements through the use of photography, video, and installation. Born in South Korea and moving between Seoul and Toronto, Im crosses geographical and temporal borders to… Read More

This Land

This exhibition includes work from Sarah Anne Johnson’s two most recent series, which continue to chronicle her fascination regarding human impact and interaction with the environment. Johnson makes traditional colour landscape photographs that depict sublime natural beauty. In Rosy-Fingered Dawn she uses a broad combination of materials, including craft… Read More

It Will Be Night, The Mist Will Clear

June 28, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, an event widely considered to have sparked the beginning of the gay rights movement. That night in 1969 when police crashed through the doors of the Stonewall Inn in New York, the lesbians, gays, transgender people, and drag… Read More

Back Stages

Back Stages, a photographic series created by fine art photographer Katrin Korfmann and sculptor Jens Pfeifer, documents the under-appreciated world of manufacturing that is nonetheless essential to making artworks and culturally important objects. Travelling the world over a period of three years, the artists captured scenes such as a bronze… Read More

The Ventriloquist

Chris Curreri’s work is premised on the idea that we constantly contend with things outside of ourselves—perhaps most crucially, with other people. These relationships create a network, a fabric within which we are enmeshed. To what extent, then, do we open up or close ourselves off from this network? Through… Read More

Cure

Evelyn Bencicova’s Cure is an amalgamation of two recent bodies of work: Alice, and Artificial Tears. Both stem from personal experience, the artist having grown up in post-Soviet Slovakia. Alice is a self-reflective project inspired by early diary entries—both a plea to see and to be seen. The character “Alice”… Read More

Catching Byways Flies

In her series Catching Byways Flies, Lucy Alguire examines Algonquin Woods, a small rustic cottage resort on the outskirts of Muskoka, the former locale of her family home. Memories of adolescence in this Northern lakeside setting are the point of departure for Alguire’s photographs, but it is her reflection on… Read More

In Guns We Trust

Deep in the heart of America, the recreational use of military-grade weapons has become a cherished pastime for many gun-culture aficionados. Shooting ranges host annual recreational events that attract thousands of participants who utilize machine guns, cannons, bombs, and even tanks. Their targets include barrels, mannequins, images of zombies, scrap… Read More

PLAYING DEAD

As a child, Joyce Crago was captivated by funerals. She play-acted, directing her two younger sisters to lie still while she ran the funerals. She especially liked being the corpse, but that never worked out, because her sisters would run off. Since childhood, death and funerals have held her fascination. Read More

filling the Klein bottle (z) { }}}

The culmination of a three-part project exploring wanderlust in cyber-capitalist culture, filling the Klein bottle (z) { }}} considers the digital artifice of the contemporary tourism industry. Xuan Ye’s ongoing series The Spectacles Before Us Were Indeed Sublime (2018 – present) uses cruise-ship imagery as a speculative vantage point for… Read More

Our relationship is beautiful due to the distance

Michelle Forsyth’s multidisciplinary practice opens up new conversations between sculpture and photography. Her first solo exhibition with Corkin Gallery presents work made over the last five years. Forsyth works closely with textiles, using clothing and patterns found in her own closet, referencing personal memories. The artist’s earlier sculptural works took… Read More

Groundwork

The term “extractivism” simultaneously evokes a physical process as well as a mindset, implying a forceful removal and subsequent severing of relations. By intersecting strands of ecology, geology, and performance theory, Groundwork examines how land-based actions can challenge the colonial-capitalist framework of extractivism. Within the scope of Canada’s geography, the… Read More

The heart can’t wait

The heart can’t wait seeks to give content and form to matters of the heart: love, desire, and loss. Drawn from a short story by American playwright Tennessee Williams, the exhibition’s title alludes to the heart’s urgent and relentless impulse for life. As a vital organ, it pumps and circulates… Read More

The Old Garden

The Dylan Ellis Gallery is proud to present The Old Garden, an exhibition of handmade photographic works by American artist Diana H. Bloomfield. A native of North Carolina, Bloomfield specializes in 19th-century photographic printing processes, including tri-colour gum bichromate and cyanotype. As part of Bloomfield’s mission to create one piece… Read More

HEAVY SHINE

HEAVY SHINE emerges from an ongoing collaboration between Toronto-based ceramic artist Dianne Lee and New Orleans-based visual artist Robyn LeRoy-Evans. Creating an archive of their own bodies in contact with the specific materials of clay, fabric, and paint, the artists explore how their gendered labour creates a formal language: folds… Read More

Dyadic Circles, 2019-20

Toronto-based artist Spring Hurlbut’s exhibition Dyadic Circles, 2019 – 20 presents a series of photographs of funerary ash of both humans and animals. Each Dyadic Circle is divided vertically into two parts. In some cases, both halves are from a single individual, and in other instances they represent two different… Read More

Original Perspectives

Original Perspectives highlights the work of nine Indigenous artists whose origins range from Northern Ontario to the Pacific Islands. These emerging and established artists come from diverse backgrounds, but are united in their passion for storytelling through this series of portraits and documentary images that explore Indigenous cultures, traditions, identities,… Read More

Animal Logic

From worms to swans, this exhibition celebrates and reflects upon the animals that contribute to and depend upon human-made landscapes in the 21st century. With Animal Logic, Sage Szkabarnicki-Stuart explores how human history runs parallel to mass animal migrations and the resettlement of various species. The artist uses self-portraiture to… Read More

Salonsdale: Rebel Lens

What makes an experimental photograph so provocative? It has the power to transform a simple scene into something more meaningful and compelling through the creative intervention of the artist. Highlighting works that alter or enhance light and shadow, include paint or thread, or use an unconventional substrate, this large-scale, immersive… Read More

Generator

Generator, a new body of photographic work by Vancouver-based artist Sara Graham, draws its inspiration from British architect Cedric Price’s unrealized architectural project of the same name. Conceived as a place to create, to think, and to stare, Price’s design called for timber-framed structures with varying in fill panels, cladding,… Read More

Fortifications

Lynne Cohen’s photographs present a contemporary glimpse of humanity’s archaeological footprint, evidence of human activity made conspicuous by the absence of its players. Devoid of human occupation, the spaces pictured are laid bare. Each image is filled with a million details signifying human life both intimate and industrial-scale, and alludes… Read More

Abundance

Abundance is a new project featuring sculptural, photographic, and installation-based works. The exhibition is a cyclical reflection on two actions: the artist’s relatives bringing her pieces of cut fruit in her youth, and her leaving fruit offerings at their graves. The project features different arrangements of both real and artificial… Read More

Prairie Modernist Noir – The Disappearance of the Manitoba Telephone Booth

Listen to an artist interview on CBC’s Radio Q here. Once upon a time, telephone booths were taken for granted. They were available for every possible variety of call from outdoors to anywhere. Now, they are a vanishing species. Their structure has been so familiar for… Read More

The Yellow Pages

The Yellow Pages (1993) was Ho Tam’s first artist’s book. It explored North American stereotypes and clichés of Chinese and Asian cultures. The work was also adapted into an eight-minute video piece that premiered at Union Station in Toronto in 1994. In 1998, Ottawa’s Gallery 101 helped the artist to… Read More

Lamp in the Hand

Haptic images dance on the surface of the eye. Reflections of the physical world interact with the body to produce pre-conscious images, which live in the virtual realm of affect. The traces of such images are elusive, for the very process of identification produces a paradox wherein conscious recognition of… Read More

Specimens

Specimens is a photographic series that attempts to materialize memory while contending with its fragility. Working with images from her personal archive, Megan Moore uses a gel-like substance evoking bodily fluids to pull ink from the image’s surface. Once unfixed from the page, the image begins to shift and transform—the… Read More

Zones of Regulation

Ryerson Artspace presents an exhibition of work by Noga Cadan and Hal Wilsdon reflecting on the politics of space and questioning the power associated with access. Cadan’s work With Eyes Turned East reflects on her homeland, Israel, grappling with her relationship to a landscape that she views as beautiful yet… Read More

Kathy

Kathy is a single-channel video depicting Kathy Bates’ performances, sourced from film and television appearances throughout her career. Aleesa Cohene culls, cuts, and edits these performances to reveal a fraught existence of unceasing solitude between Bates’ many characters. The interactions in the work draw attention to how Bates’ roles—ones that… Read More

MURDER

MURDER, by Montreal-based photographer Guillaume Simoneau, is a response to two existing bodies of work—photographs of crows taken by his mother, and the acclaimed photographic series Karasu (Ravens) by Masahisa Fukase. This once-obscure postwar masterpiece became one of the most significant collections of photographs ever published in Japan. In the… Read More

[De]/[Re]constructing place

The four bodies of work presented in [De]/[Re]constructing place encourage viewers to reflect on the inextricable connection between place, memory, and identity. The exhibition also considers how spaces accumulate meaning over time and how ritualistic behaviour, social encounters, and familial memory contribute to the understanding of self. As evidenced by… Read More

two truths and a lie

two truths and a lie is Jessica Thalmann’s first solo exhibition in a public art gallery and exemplifies the breadth and depth of her lens-based practice. The installation meditates on the slippery nature of the photographic object in a series of folded steel and paper sculptures and wall-mounted “straight” and… Read More

Closed Fist, Open Palm

There is a particular kind of energy generated within the body; to speak up, to take up more space, to dance without being touched, to ask for more. For me, it builds from within my chest and spreads across my back and down into my hands. It makes my hands… Read More

I Found A Place

Growing up, multi-media artist Hannah Somers was surrounded by household objects that appeared to represent her family’s relationship to her Trinidadian heritage on her mother’s side. Although this culture was not an integral part of her childhood, Somers held a sense of reverence for these items—engraved drums, tribal… Read More

Confluence II

A collaboration between fashion photographer Michelangelo Di Battista and illustration artist Tina Berning, Confluence II merges photography, illustration, painting, and collage to highlight the multifaceted nature of female beauty. Given a single photographic image and one attempt to reinvent it, Berning manipulates Di Battista’s duotone prints by scratching their surfaces,… Read More

Lost and Found

Julia Nemfield’s Lost and Found series explores the projected value assigned to objects through ownership, and the subsequent loss of this value when an item has been separated from its owner. Nemfield is interested in such “valueless” objects, and has been influenced by psychological studies that address the positive associations… Read More

Let There Be Light

I have seized the light— I have arrested its flight! — Louis Daguerre Ever since Louis Daguerre’s experiments in the darkroom in the 1820s, Étienne-Jules Marey and Georges Demenÿ’s methods of capturing human movement 60 years later, and May Ray’s adaption of the photogram (into what he coined… Read More

seeping upwards, rupturing the surface

A particularly interesting concept to emerge from the fourth-wave feminism of the digital era is that of “sad girl theory.” Coined by writer Audrey Wollen, it proposes that the visible display of sadness and other emotions by girls and women is an act of resistance, as they break down (or… Read More

THE EMPIRE, THE CITY 

Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber’s urban scenes represent spaces that celebrate modern culture, knowledge, and innovation: the mall, the museum, the library, and even the vacuum showroom. But the natural world has taken them over in an ironic realization of a paradise lost, leaving the monuments of civilization and material… Read More

Collecting Moments: The Photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman

Collecting Moments portrays stories of youth, love, and celebration through the photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman (1921 – 2008). An accomplished amateur photographer, Ackerman’s images provide both a personal and historical account of life in Toronto in the mid-20th century. His photographs offer an intimate glimpse into the city’s… Read More

A Telepathic Book

The Broadbent Sisters’ exhibition A Telepathic Book explores the depths of intuition, nonverbal communication, and attunement while testing what might be uncovered when exploring the reaches of shared experience. For 17 days, the Broadbent Sisters used meditation and photography to telepathically send and receive images to each other across two… Read More

Façades

Façades aims to negotiate new understandings of public and private space in relation to community, class, and gender. Not unlike an ethnographic researcher, Brittany Shepherd seeks out and captures poetic happenings and patterns in the city, selecting materials and imagery that serve to elevate the mundane to the realm of… Read More

Ellipsis

Adam Swica’s photographs under the series title Ellipsis probe the durability of the photographic gesture, or capture, in the making of a photographic object. Through the mechanisms of multiple and time exposures, Swica uses light, movement, and duration to coax dimensional planes within the photographic frame. Shooting on film, the… Read More

From Dada to Vogue

From Dada to Vogue brings together a collection of rare works from Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969), one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. From the beginning of his career in the early 1920s, Blumenfeld presented himself as an avant-garde artist. He began experimenting with photography in… Read More

Forward Facing

Indigenous people from Turtle Island express and assert their identity in conversation with their cultural roots in a multitude of ways, and always in tandem with ever-looming colonialism. Forward Facing examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger, Lacie Burning, and Jade… Read More

Ageless Ambiguity

Elizabeth Zvonar collages images into pictures from existing photographs, sketches, and typography she finds in mass-produced magazines and books spanning a range of topics from fashion and art history to sport, leisure, and politics. The act of cutting something out of its context to alter its intention proposes new objectives… Read More

Dear Ayeeyo

Through portraiture, Yasin Osman shares scenes of everyday life within the villages of Somalia. This exhibition features large-scale photographs of Osman’s intimate portraits and snapshots that offer glimpses into the lives of the Somali people. The child of Somali parents, Osman returned to his ancestral lands in search for an… Read More

With an instinct for justice

With an instinct for justice brings together two projects that make visible acts of collective resistance and the poetic and lingering impact that individuals working together can have on systems of power. Elise Rasmussen and Shadi Harouni’s video, print, and sculptural works offer intimate portraits of push back. Addressing the… Read More

Do As You Wish

Cape Breton photographers Chad Tobin and Steve Wadden present a tribute to photographer Robert Frank in this exhibition. Combining Tobin’s To Be Frank and Wadden’s Forged as one exhibition, Do As You Wish celebrates their connections to one of photography’s most recognized and influential individuals. Since the early 1970s, Frank… Read More

Ingenuity

This multimedia series reflects on the ingenious human use of nature and interaction with the basic building blocks of material design: sand, water, and clay. Through these materials, people have imagined and manufactured inspiring objects to ease the course of daily life and engage us in further leaps of imagination. Read More

Until Now

In Until Now, Rachel Burns questions her history, her family’s history, and the concept of time itself. Through this exhibition, she reduces a short fragment of the universe to constituent parts. Burns explores the pain of impermanence with the understanding that change creates the opportunity to accept the past, and… Read More

Limited Edition

The formal studio family portrait was once a sign of wealth and social privilege; however, many people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SAA, and intersectional have historically been under-represented in this traditional archive. This absence, in many ways, is an extension of a multi-tiered act of cultural genocide and misrepresentation in the mainstream… Read More

Into the Fire

A renowned geological wonder, the Hawaiian archipelago first emerged several million years ago as the product of countless volcanic eruptions forced from within the Earth’s core. Today, most islands in the chain lie dormant, yet there is still one area of geological growth to be found. Located on the “Big… Read More

LIKE WATER, A WINDOW

When a reflection is unclear, no longer reminiscent of the image it casts back, reality becomes abstracted. Remnants of dreamlike spaces, Tess Roby’s photographs present minute everyday occurrences that blur visual boundaries. A sense of stillness arises from her images, creating a realm where time is suspended and windows are… Read More

Uprooted and Dispossessed: Portraits of Women Caught in Conflict and Colonialism

As a researcher for Human Rights Watch for seven years, Samer Muscati documented the aftermath of some of humanity’s darkest acts. His special area of concentration was international women’s rights in conflict areas, with a particular emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. Gathering the testimony of his subjects was… Read More

Sanguine et terres brulées / Blood Ties, Scorched Earth 

Sanguine et terres brulées / Blood Ties, Scorched Earth addresses issues of appropriation, both of territory and of cultural symbols, resulting from extensive colonialism on Turtle Island. Maryse Arseneault reflects upon the marriages, mixing, and encounters between Acadians and Mi’kmaqs, which became taboo after the 1755 Great Upheaval and the… Read More

Blueprints

A media artist currently based in New York City, Mary Manning began taking photos of her everyday encounters while living in San Francisco in the 1990s. Her photographic subjects include various atmospheric ephemera, such as a look through a sliding plastic enclosure into a bodega, or a soft-view crop of… Read More

Red Light

Highlighting over 300 pieces of traditional darkroom and experimental photography, this exhibition shines a light on the richness of techniques and creative opportunities offered by manual photographic development. Photographers from across the globe are assembled in this large-scale salon installation, featuring pinhole, tintype, glass plate, cyanotype, lithography, gum over platinum,… Read More

Flatland

The surreal images created by Turkish photographer and digital artist Aydin Büyüktas in his series, Flatland, appear to defy time and space. The artist creates warped landscapes and cityscapes using drone photography to capture multidimensional perspectives of settings that range from busy Turkish bazaars to American desert railroads. Each image… Read More

I AM YOU

What I want. What I am. What you force me to be is what you are. For I am you, staring back from a mirror of poverty and despair, of revolt and freedom. Look at me and know that to destroy me is to destroy yourself. — Gordon Parks Gordon… Read More

Climate for Conflict

This is the story of the mother who didn’t flee civil war but fled the drought; of the fisherman pushed into piracy by empty nets in a depleted, lawless sea; and of the young farmer who felt the pull of the militant group Al Shabab when his crops failed for… Read More

Angela Grauerholz

Angela Grauerholz is a Canadian photographer and photographic performer whose work balances on the tightrope between the romance and reality of history. She sets the stage with intentionally extended exposures to create dreamlike scenes that blend the ambiguity of space and a familiarity of setting, offering gateways into other dimensions,… Read More

The Uncanny Valley Portraits

“The Uncanny Valley,” a phrase coined by Masahiro Mori, suggests that human replicas that appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit eeriness and feelings of revulsion among observers. This exhibition of uncanny portraits of wax figures taken at Madame Tussauds museums in Las Vegas and Washington, DC… Read More

The Shape of the Middle

Emphasizing practices that press, graze, and caress, The Shape of the Middle explores the gestures of touch that are essential to both printmaking and photography. The exhibition takes its inspiration from the 1843 book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions by Anna Atkins, the groundbreaking botanist and first person to… Read More

Moly and Kassandra

Matilda Aslizadeh’s new body of video and photographic work, Moly and Kassandra, explores the tensions between abstract and material forces in the economy through the juxtaposition of statistical charts, fortune-telling predictions coming from mysterious sources, and large holes permanently left in the Earth. Standing amid an open-pit molybdenum mine, evocative… Read More

A Brief History of Me

In this exhibition, personal photographs of the artist, taken from youth to adulthood, are juxtaposed with notes on historical events to form parallel timelines. In a chronological sequence of 51 letter-sized photographs, the artist traces his evolution from a youth in Hong Kong to a middle-aged man in Vancouver, with… Read More

Seminars/Lectures

Learning and education underlie the practice of Austrian artist Rainer Ganahl. His best-known work, S/L (Seminars/Lectures), is an ongoing series of photographs begun in 1995 of well-known cultural critics addressing audiences. The series functions as a kind of intellectual and topological travelogue, recording speakers, listeners, and their surroundings at lectures… Read More

Plant Cosmos

In continuity with works issued from the extensive energy herbarium she has built over two decades, Marie-Jeanne Musiol now delves into new territory. Using lm negatives and electromagnetism to capture light fields surrounding plants, she probes their coronas for details that become unexpected landscapes. Having previously extracted elements reminiscent of… Read More

Full of Holes

Empathy, openness, slowness, and vulnerability—Full of Holes rejects capitalism and its aggressive commodification of the soul; in return, it explores an alternative mode of being, focusing on simple, slow living, and rewilding the self, by deeply and honestly reconnecting with the natural world, other species, and one another. It asks… Read More

Queering Family Photography

How do photographs reflect, create, and anchor the affective life of queer families? From families of choice to families of origin, Queering Family Photography explores the critical work that queer, trans, and Two-Spirit family photos do in documenting and creating modes of intimacy and belonging. While family photography can be… Read More

Friends and Lovers—Coming Out in Montreal in the 70s

In this exhibition, Sunil Gupta reaches into his image archive to describe his assimilation into Canada via an early embrace of Montreal’s gay liberation movement and the development of a new family—an extended gay family. In the 1970s, Gupta’s apartment was coincidentally located near the roots of the Gay McGill… Read More

Day for Night

As part of an ongoing investigation into the film industry’s interventions into the urban fabric of Toronto, Sam Cotter’s Day for Night examines the temporal and spatial substitutions that occur during a film shoot. The exhibition’s title comes from the “day for night” cinematic techniques used to simulate a night… Read More

In Konya

Street photographer Yusuf Aksoy documents Turkish daily life and the experience of Syrian refugees in Turkey. After noting the cultural tension and underlying resentment from his neighbours and friends as Syrians flooded into his country, Aksoy began using the global reach of Instagram to tell their story. He aims to… Read More

Ice in the Palm House

Ice in the Palm House places images of contemporary life in the High Arctic amidst the tropical flora of Toronto’s historical Allan Gardens, creating a juxtaposition that emphasizes contrasts between warm and cold, lush and arid, and, ultimately, the south and the north. Inuit communities are traditionally the territory of… Read More

Making An Offering

Alexander Rondeau’s photographic series Making An Offering adapts the concept of the holy trinity to explore a triad that establishes connections between the French language, Catholicism, and queerness. Rondeau grew up in a Catholic environment, in the French-speaking countryside of New Liskeard, Ontario, ten minutes outside of Quebec. No translation… Read More

Coming of Age in Wonderland: Portraits of Teenage Bermuda

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. —E. E. Cummings On an island over 1,500 kilometres from the closest landfall, Bermuda’s teenagers come of age as all teenagers do, but with a difference. Here on “The Rock,” they are heir to a uniquely split personality:… Read More

Oceans

David Burdeny’s recent series Oceans explores geological formations of water bodies in the Bahamas, Australia, and Europe, capturing the complex, abstract qualities of the deep sea. His scenes celebrate the natural world while revealing a precious and precarious resource below the surface. Serpentine sandbars stretch into a Bahamian horizon; Australian… Read More

A Silent Storm

A Silent Storm is a body of work about memory, duration, and disappearance. Through the use of large-scale photographic images, video installation and embossed text works, the exhibition speaks about identity over time and notions of voluntary and involuntary disappearance. The photographic self-portraits in the exhibition use masquerade to… Read More

Doorways

In this exhibition, Aaron Friend Lettner’s photo book Doorways becomes an interactive installation that explores the role of symbolism in storytelling. Offering fragments from the book’s printed form, the installation maintains its original spirit of mystery and transcendence. The book pages are disassembled and scattered behind a wall of doors,… Read More

We’re the Heirs to the Glimmering World

After fleeing the violence of Europe in 1944, André Breton came to the Gaspé Peninsula and wrote the book Arcanum 17, which used the crumbling beauty of nearby Percé Rock as a metaphor for the indestructibility of life. In light of humankind’s looming efforts to annihilate itself, his book proclaimed… Read More

The Natural Order

The Natural Order celebrates 40 years of production from New Brunswick-based photographer Thaddeus Holownia. Firmly located within the North American documentary genre, Holownia’s work is engaged with the histories of photography and of places. Using predominantly analogue techniques, he merges high craft with prolonged inquiry, resulting in projects that can… Read More

Signals and Sentiments

Signals and Sentiments is a two-part exhibition that examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identity. In CDCC’s third-floor gallery, the exhibition takes the form of an intimate group show for which five Toronto-based artists—Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, Maxwell Hyett, and Mickey Mackenna—consider the… Read More

Unruly Matter

When is a mouth an asshole? How do we know when something ends and something else begins? Traditional darkroom photography requires fixing an otherwise inherently malleable material. A moment in time is decisively arrested on the negative by the shutter’s action. This capture accounts for photography’s indexical nature, its eternal… Read More

The Unsung S/heroes

This is a story about AIDS and the women so rarely seen. Through stunning large-scale photographic portraits and installations, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of African grandmothers on the frontlines of the global AIDS crisis. Constructed from photographs by Canadian photographer Alexis MacDonald, senior staff member… Read More

American Dreams

Following his immigration from a Russian-controlled Czechoslovakia to Toronto in the late 1960s, Yuri Dojc unpacked his imaginings of the West into the photographic series American Dreams. Now owned by the National Gallery of Canada, the images originated in the mind of an Eastern European youth, one who sought to… Read More

Eye Eye

In this exhibition of new work, Krista Belle Stewart continues her long-standing engagement with the complexities of archival material through processes that allow for both intimacy and coincidence, and the atemporal meeting of actors across time. Work for this exhibition was produced in part following Stewart’s participation in the Future… Read More

Making Peace

Making Peace pays tribute to the people and organizations all over the planet who devote their time, energy, and resources to the cause of peace, and reveals how they have shaped and influenced the course of the 20th century. This outdoor exhibition presents 124 photographs spanning more than 100 years,… Read More

underneath the tree where I buried all my childhood pets

Los Angeles-based Chinese photographer Ke Peng takes the viewer on a journey into an imagined childhood through a new body of work investigating her relationship to two distinctive locations in China: Hunan, an older province of southern China where Peng was born; and Shenzhen, a modern city and China’s most… Read More

ARTIFACT

Deborah Samuel’s ARTIFACT explores the narrative of transformation. While the individual images remain static, the photographs evolve in an almost cinematic manner when the viewer moves. Viewed collectively and at a distance, the twelve 20 × 24 inch carbon pigment prints produce a planetary effect, one evoking ancient human cultures and… Read More

It’s all a blur…

Winner of the 2017 Gattuso Prize! It’s all a blur… is a series of gestural portraits made with photo-based gel transfers. Sandra Brewster uses the medium as a metaphor for movement or change from one place to another, specifically in reference to the migration of her parents… Read More

We With Images To Give

In September 2016, photographer Mark Sommerfeld and textile artist Heather English navigated their way through northern Michigan on an eight-day camping trip. While on the road, particular sensibilities and conflicts surrounding ideas of representation created an impasse in their relationship. We With Images To Give presents a series of photographs,… Read More

Muse

From print to screen, still to moving images, the methods and materiality of photojournalistic production and dissemination have changed greatly. Despite the rapidly changing media landscape, the unbalanced gender politics of contemporary photographic reportage remains the same—females are disproportionately underrepresented. Muse investigates the role of women in visual journalism by… Read More

Yukon Sketchbooks

A wanderer is someone who sets out on a journey with no real plan. Three years ago, photographer Joanne Ratajczak got into her car and left her Toronto home driving north to continue her series photographing the ends of roads, and she eventually found herself in the Yukon. This exhibition… Read More

Tong Yan Gaai

Over the last five years, Morris Lum has been documenting Chinatown communities across Canada, drawing attention to the functionality of these structural enclaves and exploring the generational context of how “Chinese” identity is expressed within them. Armed with a large-format camera, he often revisits these spaces to record the rapid… Read More

I May Be Crazy But Not That Crazy

I May Be Crazy But Not That Crazy consists of photo-based work that explores issues of mental health, identity, gender, and online behaviour. Drawing from their own virtual and real relationships, Olivia Johnston and Jennifer Stewart have created visual representations of the bridge between constructed and authentic identities. Johnston’s works… Read More

form follows (dis)function

Peggy Taylor Reid’s lens-based practice is concerned with recording everyday objects. A fascination for the human obsession toward organizing and cataloguing underscores her work, yielding photographs that address the index and typological systems. form follows (dis)function refers to the modernist principle “form follows function,” and emerges from Taylor Reid’s concern… Read More

Deutsche Demokratische Republik: The Stasi Archives

From 1946 to 1989, the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) was engaged in an extensive intra-civilian surveillance program seeking to expose and incarcerate suspected “class enemies.” The program was administered by over 90,000 employees and agents of the Ministry for State Security (colloquially knows as the Stasi),… Read More

Travelling Demons

In Travelling Demons, Tehran-born artist Malekeh Nayiny explores the curiously intimate relationship between oneself and their inner demon. Both unnerving and playful, her sinister creatures are based on the Persian mythological Div, a supernatural entity with damnable characteristics. Adorned in papier-mâché masks and colourful patterned clothing with motifs of human… Read More

like a conjuring (bringing water back to Bradley)

Erika DeFreitas explores the historic Bradley House (1830) in order to disrupt and challenge the authenticity of Canadian heritage narratives and staged displays of period domestic interiors. The Bradley family, who were early Loyalist settlers originally built the saltbox-style yellow farmhouse on the edge of a cliff overlooking Lake Ontario,… Read More

until the story of the hunt is told by the lion / facing horror and the possibility of shame

until the story of the hunt is told by the lion / facing horror and the possibility of shame evolved from nichola feldman-kiss’s 2011 tour of the United Nations Mission in Sudan travelling with Canadian Forces peacekeepers. The artwork responds to official witness reports of the aftermath of a massacre… Read More

Kuwait: A Desert on Fire

In April 1991, following the end of the First Gulf War, internationally renowned documentary photogra- pher Sebastião Salgado travelled to Kuwait on assignment for the New York Times Magazine. Over 600 oil wells had been set ablaze by Iraqi forces after their occupation of Kuwait was thwarted by a U.S.-led… Read More

Signs of Your Identity

For 120 years, the Canadian government operated a network of Indian residential schools that were meant to assimilate young Indigenous students into Western Canadian culture. Indian agents would take children as young as two or three years old from their homes and send them to church-run boarding schools. These children… Read More

Fluid Beauty

Robert Mapplethorpe’s name is synonymous with boundary-breaking themes. His highly subversive portraits took the art world by storm in the eighties, addressing taboo issues of love, sex, the body, and homosexuality in a time when the AIDS epidemic swept across the globe, changing it forever. Over three decades later, Mapplethorpe’s… Read More

Currents and Clichés

In Currents and Clichés, Saty + Pratha (Saty Namvar and Pratha Samyrajah) present images that explore ambiguous notions of femininity through the distinctly un-original lens of cliché. Drawing from their obsessive passion for pop culture and art history, the duo identities and catalogues recurring feminine archetypes and symbols adrift in… Read More

The Inhabitants of Space

The Inhabitants of Space takes its title from the dedication of Edwin A. Abbott’s satirical novella Flatland (1962), which breaks down the geographical, architectural, and social structures of the world into a two-dimensional parody. As in Abbott’s book, the artworks included in this exhibition explore three-dimensional space by flattening it,… Read More

What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River

Marlene Creates lives in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, surrounded by the six-acre patch of boreal forest that has been the focus of her work since 2002. This series is about movement—the movement of wildlife at ground level and of celestial bodies overhead. Heaven and Earth, if you like. The… Read More

Models of Resistance

Angela Grossmann’s exhibition Models of Resistance uses her trademark methods of deconstruction and reconstruction to create worlds floating between fiction and fact. Portraits of women made from collaged, found “risqué” photography, together with doll clothing, images of vintage puppets, human hair, and ephemera, form an intimate and disturbing series. Semi-clad… Read More

Networks

Although many of the ways people stayed in touch during the 20th century are still in play, most traditional methods have experienced significant decline. The internet now mediates the greater part of social interaction, and there is scarcely a public space that is not inflected by the virtual world. In… Read More

Fundamental Process Tutorial

You are invited to attend the first ever Fundamental Process Tutorial for the brand-new Image Reduction Service process. Participants can expect an illuminating theoretical and technical demonstration of the Image Reduction Service process that comprises an exciting series of practical demonstrations as they pertain to the innovative methods and concepts… Read More

Nature is Calling

For over 28 years, Michelle Valberg has photographed Canadian landscapes and wildlife with the intention of regenerating simple beauty into a deeper reflection of humanity. Valberg’s portrayals of the natural world aim to draw viewers toward inner contemplation, based on the idea that building awareness and educating others through nature… Read More

A Survey of Photographs

Charles Gagnon is a major figure in Canadian contemporary art and one of the few multidisciplinary artists of his generation. A common theme in his many artistic experiments, whether painting, photography, collage, film, sound, or sculpture, is the material results of his eclectic yet reflective take on existence. Gagnon’s limitless… Read More

Struggles with Images

The chair is uncomfortably low and the keyboard lays flat. Traces of past ergonomic preferences reference previous users of the work station. On what seems to be a barely illuminated monitor, a search queries the library’s catalogue: Call Number “779.0973 M39,” Location “Stacks Request Reference S-MR,” Status “In Library.” And… Read More

Jardim

The photographs in Jardim were taken by Meera Margaret Singh during a two-month artist residency in 2012 in Jardim Canada, Brazil, an isolated industrial town primarily made up of factories, warehouses, and improvised housing for a transitory workforce. Captured through the camera is an urban landscape oscillating between growth and… Read More

Connective Tissues

Connective Tissues is an exhibition by LA based artist Davida Nemeroff. The exhibition accompanies the release of Nemeroff’s first published book of photographs, entitled Muscles (published by Golden Spike Press.) The book is a selection of horse images from an ongoing study of photographs that Nemeroff took on a trip to the small island of… Read More

The Painted Photograph

Real in depiction and imaginary in association, The Painted Photograph contains a set of rigorously composed, scenic character portrayals that merge the pictorial traditions of cinema and documentary photography. The works owe a great deal to the staged imagery of Philip-Lorca di Corcia and Jeff Wall, embedded with… Read More

The Whistler

Dreamlike and shot on Super 16mm, Camille Rojas’ film The Whistler explores behaviour modification through an examination of human-canine relationships. The vacant and ominous architecture of the R.C. Harris water treatment plant sets the stage for the film, where the artist and her dog hold their own conformation show. Rojas… Read More

CANADIAN BELONGING(s)

The country now known as Canada (Kanata) is home to people from many lands. Yet, its national imaginary is hardly reflective of this, as images of Canada—both within its borders and outside of them—continue to portray a country forged by British and French settlers. In contrast, the artists in CANADIAN… Read More

“Paintings”

Bau-Xi Photo is pleased to present “Paintings,” a bold new series by photographer Jill Greenberg. Known internationally for her playful portraits, signature lighting, and post-production techniques, Greenberg now experiments with paint as her photographic subject, a venture that radically challenges ideas about medium, process, and originality. These “paintings” are single-edition archival… Read More

Mnemonic Landscape / 15.7.15@10:30

Birch Contemporary is pleased to present solo exhibitions by Vancouver-based artist James Nizam and Toronto-based artist Sylvie Bélanger. Nizam’s Mnemonic Landscape focuses on the state between presence and absence, and illumination and erasure, tackling the material of “the trace” as it moves into and out of dissolution. New ways to… Read More

The distance between nowhere and now here

Bringing together works by Berlin-based artists Emma Waltraud Howes and Stine Marie Jacobsen, the distance between nowhere and now here addresses implications of distance and casualties of disembodiment. The exhibition reflects on manifestations of presence, negotiations of absence, and everything inbetween: between nowhere and now here, translation is fundamental. If… Read More

Thing Site

Circuit Gallery presents a solo exhibition at Prefix ICA of new work by Canadian artist Robert Bean, which considers the importance of “Things,” historic sites used for social and political gatherings. In Nordic and Germanic culture, the Thing was a public assembly where governance, laws, and dispute resolutions were discussed… Read More

The 2015 Paris Photo – Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Shortlist

With over one thousand entries to this years competition from more than sixty countries—including the usual suspects from the U.S., Canada, UK, Japan, and Western and Northern Europe, but also Armenia, Australia, China, India, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates, among others—the field of photography publications has evidently become… Read More

The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Cooper Cole is pleased to present a solo exhibition from Vancouver-based artist Vikky Alexander. The Temptation of Saint Anthony reintroduces a selection of photographic works that were completed when Alexander was living in New York in the early 1980s. When she moved there from Canada, Alexander became the youngest member… Read More

Looking: Then and Now

Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking. Read More

Bed Island

Bed Island suggests an analogy between intimate psychological space and the artwork’s construction. Large water-jet cut steel frames dangling on the wall have the dimension of bed sheets (specifically the kind that get bunched up and tangled), or pieces of paper with torn edges. Freestanding steel sculptures punctuate the floor… Read More

The Collage Party / Semiotics Aside

In this two-part exhibition, The Collage Party / Semiotics Aside, Paul Butler takes visitors inside his unique studio to share the process behind this new body of collage-based photography. The Collage Party is a touring studio open to the public, where people come together and make art in a social… Read More

Ransom Notes from the Lavender Underground

Filmmaking, like a lot of lens-based artwork, is frequently driven by new developments in the medium, where aesthetics evolve in step with new technologies. Guy Maddin challenges that notion, bringing the viewer back to a time when images were processed by hand with results that often included unpredictable effects. His… Read More

Biophilia Reimagined

The biophilia hypothesis, popularized by Edward O. Wilson, suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. The photographs in Biophilia Reimagined depict this relationship while echoing current changes in our landscape and psyche. Isabelle Hayeur and Elena Willis create haunting photographs in which the… Read More

Fragments of an Imagined Place

Fragments of an Imagined Place references the vast and varying histories related to Atlantis: its roots in Plato’s writing, its resurrection in 19th-century conjectural texts, its relation to theosophy, and its influence on conceptual art. As a point of departure, artist Elise Rasmussen re-visits the site of Robert Smithson’s unrealized… Read More

Internet Mountains

The ephemeral image and the timelessness of clay. The first photograph of a mountain was a dramatic, physical transformation of our ultimate symbol of permanence—and a precursor to today’s world of weightless images. This dichotomy seems so 21st century. The digital image we’re looking at, that registers as “mountain,” has… Read More

Performing an Archive

Performing an Archive continues Suzy Lake’s exploration and questioning of social issues and identity. Drawing from research into her historical and familial ancestry, Lake bears witness—literally and figuratively—to the cycle of urban, demographic, and social development of working class Detroit. The city was marked in the 20th century by an… Read More

We Shall See

“On November 10th, 2014, my father had a catastrophic accident while on a motorcycle tour of South Africa. I went to find him, paralyzed and comatose in a hospital. I visited him three times a day. I knew the names of the hospital staff, the menu items offered by the… Read More

Paris: Baras / Les Roses d’Acier

Paris has long served as a migrant hub. Full of hope, these newcomers arrive in search of better lives; however, they face insurmountable barriers when trying to secure legal employment and housing. The Baras collective (le collectif Baras), has been squatting in a former employment centre in the Parisian suburb… Read More

Palimpsest

“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… Read More

Surface Tension

Surface Tension joins two bodies of photo-based work by Jessica Thalmann and Ryan Van Der Hout. Both artists use archival documents to rethink the meaning of identity, history, memory, and loss by simultaneously defacing and exalting filmic and photographic objects. Thalmann’s series Utopos attempts to understand the relationship between Brutalist… Read More

We Soon Be Nigh!

In a time of cinematic Armageddon, endless documents of natural disasters and environmental shifts, and ancient wisdom foretelling the Apocalypse, belief is not a necessary vehicle into an impending sense of doom. The future has always been uncertain, but particular recent events—from rapidly rising sea levels to a continual “war… Read More

Post Tohoku

On March 11th, 2011, the Tohoku region on the pacific coast of Japan was devastated with a triple catastrophe: earthquake, tsunami, nuclear incident. It resulted in more than 15,800 deaths, 6,100 injured, 2,600 missing, and 128,000 destroyed buildings. How can one live near or within such a traumatized landscape? How… Read More

Surface Tension

In Surface Tension, ethereal images blur the boundaries between illusion and reality, as Joan Kaufman continues her examination of the human presence in relation to the natural world. She constructs her vignettes in the studio using various lighting techniques, textile screens, reflective surfaces, and lenses to create space and depth,… Read More

a history of photography

We are buried in a plethora of images, inundated with a surfeit of surfaces, slices of shadows and the self, reflections bouncing off glass. We carry these images with us, or at least images of the images where the instant has meaning and the moment is lost. Salloum… Read More

The Shift

The Shift celebrates photography’s capacity to move people and connect them through visual narrative. The strength of professional photographers, specifically documentary-makers, is that they do not merely capture a moment, an aesthetic, or a likeness. They build stories that affect viewers and resonate with them. Images transcend culture. The greatest… Read More

Within

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Morris Lum is a first-generation Canadian artist working in photography. Within examines social spaces and the Chinese diaspora in the suburbs of the Greater Toronto Area, in an attempt to better understand how class, identity, and belonging carve patterns and shape beliefs for Lum’s community. Read More

Ned Pratt

Ned Pratt was born, raised, and currently lives in Newfoundland. His understanding of the province’s beautiful but harsh landscape is the foundation of his work. Pratt’s photographs capture the essence of Canada’s eastern shores while remaining largely abstract. His use of a frontal perspective simplifies the landscape into a painterly… Read More

Blue Sky Days: A Drone’s Eye View

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her home. At a US congressional hearing in October 2013, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by… Read More

Untitled

Studies of space have recently shifted to the role of the photograph, and the conceptions of reality and sensations of the immediate past it creates. The photograph is both an object for constructing and a material/medium for transformation in the work of Leslie Hewitt. Her engagement with time and its… Read More

Referencing Material

Referencing Material is a new body of photo-based work by Dennis Day that continues a 30-year exploration into reconceptualizing and rearranging the “familiar.” Like many of his earlier photo and video works, in which figure-ground constructions are often colourfully and artificially staged, Day’s new photographs use naturalism largely as a… Read More

DIVERSIONS

DIVERSIONS showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, culture, image, objects, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Featuring… Read More

Thank You! Call Again!

Paige Lindsay is an emerging visual artist and writer who works with images, text, and found objects to create narrative projects. Thank you! Call Again! looks to the city of Toronto as a setting to explore notions of chance, place, humour, the extraordinary within the ordinary, and the different ways… Read More

Survey

Joel Meyerowitz was born in New York City in 1938 and began taking photographs in 1962. Although he has always seen himself as a street photographer in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, he transformed the genre with his pioneering use of colour. An early advocate of colour… Read More

Under Green Waves

Exploring the relationship between visibility and invisibility, this video installation restages a dance by Susan Green called Untitled Marking 30 years after its first iteration. The choreographer and photographer— mother and daughter—alternate roles while re-performing the dance. They weave a reinterpretation, navigating between subject and observer, teacher and student. The… Read More

On The Surface

On The Surface is a poetic presentation of Toronto-based artist Susana Reisman’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Featuring a selection of large-scale colour photographs arranged in relationship to several smaller freestanding sculptures, the artist’s new works encompass aspects of drawing and painting even as… Read More

Never Letting Us Take Breath

“In taking a photograph, this tourist projects himself in a loop—forward, to the comfort of home, where he’ll then imagine backward into the memory that he is in the midst of constructing as the photograph is snapped … Caught up in the romance of the rhetorical, he might later describe… Read More

lost canoe

The series lost canoe features an idyllic lake untouched by humans, save a lone, unmoored canoe. The pristine wilderness portrayed in Curtis Wehrfritz’s wet collodion process suggests a timeless memory as old as the method by which he captures his images. Somehow familiar, this reimagined landscape also seems to be haunted by… Read More

All Images Are Unstable

This exhibition explores the connections between perception, language, and memory. Sparked by a friendly disagreement over the true colour of the Golden Gate Bridge during a visit to San Francisco, Claire Harvie began an expansive and unconventional investigation. Her research took her on a winding path from a standardized colour… Read More

Exhibition Narrative

Photography has been a vehicle for storytelling since the medium’s inception, when Victorians brought literary themes to life by photographing costumed tableaux. The artists in this exhibition demonstrate that photography remains a vital carrier of narrative, richly diverse in potential. Yael Eban is drawn to photography’s ability to turn family narratives into… Read More

Transpose

Transpose showcases photographs by Jean-François Bouchard that delve into the intimate journeys undergone by members of the transgendered community, specifically those who have transitioned from female to male. Bouchard follows the tradition of classical portraiture in his images and unearths the multiple layers of societal, personal, and aesthetic preconceptions one… Read More

The View from Here

Landscape photography crosses personal, documentary, and contemporary positions, making it a particularly fraught site of negotiation. As art critic Lucy Lippard notes in The Lure of the Local, landscape photography is “at once subject to personal vision and attributed the objectivity of scientific precision.” This meeting of the personal and… Read More

A Person Who Disappears

Renowned Montreal-based artist Chih-Chien Wang, whose practice deals with the cognition of the self and its environment, explores phenomenological notions of whether it is possible to disappear from society in A Person Who Disappears. This photo-based, immersive installation is inspired by a news report recounting the mysterious disappearance of a… Read More

Underground

Toronto-based artist Chris Shepherd explores the subterranean networks of Toronto and Montreal in Underground. Submerged from view, the subway systems of each metropolis weave, burrow, anchor, and nourish the urban life above-ground. Rather than capturing the frenetic activity of each system, Shepherd focuses on the fleeting moments between the perpetual… Read More

Rise and Fall

Patience, observation, performance: In Rise and Fall I study and intervene with light, architecture, and lens. These works manifest themselves through the performativity of both light and the figure—each treated as equal subjects. Each environment was selected only after spending much time in its physical space, watching and experiencing distinctive changes to the quality of light at various… Read More

More Real than Reality: The Art of Canadian Composite Photography, 1870-1930

Composite photography alters the perception that photographs accurately document reality, yielding images that range from staid to fanciful. More Real than Reality showcases this unique mixed-media technique, which combines separate portraits of individuals together with painted or photographed backgrounds and then re-photographs them as a new image. Emerging in the… Read More

Surplus

Surplus is about excesses, extras, and digital possibilities. Through video, photography, and sculpture, the exhibition focuses on photo-based surplus as a lens through which to see the wider world of production and distribution. Jimmy Limit addresses the excess of images that exist online, the photos that stay backed-up on hard drives,… Read More

Zehn-Ten

Over a one-year period, German photographer Grit Schwerdtfeger took photographs of her ten-year-old son, Lorenz. What began as Lorenz's idea to see himself develop evolved into a contemporary document; the photographs demonstrate the closeness and distance between mother and son. By integrating the photograph into their daily routine, the excitement… Read More

THE CHALLENGE OF ABSTRACTION

Working in both collage and sculpture, Elizabeth Zvonar’s work utilizes strategies of aesthetics, seduction, and sex often found in advertising, as a means of teasing out possible metaphysical and supernatural undercurrents. THE CHALLENGE OF ABSTRACTION fuses advertising imagery from both antiquated luxury goods magazines and contemporary fashion magazines. Zvonar’s positioning… Read More

Through the Eyes of Durdy Bayramov: Turkmen Village Life, 1960s–80s

Durdy Bayramov (1938–2014) was an acclaimed Eurasian artist whose paintings hang in museums and private collections around the world. Exhibited for the first time, Bayramov’s black-and-white photographs were taken in the rural villages of his native Turkmenistan. These beautiful images reveal how the country of his birth fascinated and inspired… Read More

Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan

Photographs made on an iPhone during a military embed in Afghanistan are the jumping-off point in this journey of process and discovery about communication, photography, technology, and war. High-tech meets low-tech in the battlefields of Afghanistan and in the printing method itself: digital captures from a smartphone are printed with the… Read More

After Frank

DAYTRIP is a Toronto‐based collective comprised of Erich DeLeeuw, Matthew Volpe, and Andrew Savery-Whiteway. Their latest endeavour, After Frank, documents their pilgrimage from Toronto to Mabou, Nova Scotia, to New York City, in search of the iconic photographer Robert Frank. Adopting the canon of the great American road trip, with… Read More

Bright Lights Dark City: Niagara Custom Lab and Toronto Experimental Film

The story of Niagara Custom Lab dates to some time in the mid-90s, when the filmmaker Sebastjan Henrickson opened a film lab for artists on Niagara Street in Toronto. Niagara would process celluloid in ways no other lab would, treating it like the most versatile of artists’ mediums: a canvas… Read More

a funny thing

Darren Rigo has grown up with the woods as his backyard. It is a place where he finds solace and artistic inspiration. In the exhibition a funny thing, he takes the viewer for a walk through the forest, the experience of the terrain, and exposing visual cues and markers that… Read More

Negative Exposure

Negative Exposure posits the silver gelatin print as a canvas for the creation of painterly photographs. It unveils the darkroom artistry of Randy Grskovic and Wil Murray by divulging their tactile treatment of the photographic negative, highlighting process over object. Both artists physically intervene with black-and-white film negatives by manipulating subject matter and… Read More

Erratics

Erratics stages two archives where photography is central to exploring the tensions between memory and fiction in conveying personal stories. These collections reveal the impossibility of fully knowing the past and the effectiveness of literary imagination in grappling with history. In His Father Over Time, Toronto artist/curator Malka Greene mines a store… Read More

Visible Cities

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition with Canadian photographer Ljubodrag Andric. Born in Belgrade in 1965, Andric first discovered photography when he was 16 years old and has been developing his minimal pictorial language about urban architecture and spaces ever since. His current body of work features interiors… Read More

Proximos (2010-2014)

Through portraiture, British-born editorial photographer Russell Monk has captured the ethos of a small colonia on the outskirts of San Miguel, Mexico, a humble but rich community held together by strong relational ties. Engaging his subjects with rustic motifs in a day-lit studio, each silver-gelatin portrait print in the Proximos series… Read More

Flesh + Stone

In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion sculpted a woman from ivory so beautiful that he fell in love with her. He beseeched Aphrodite to bring him a woman just like her, so Aphrodite brought his statue to life. Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs of the human form often bridge the gap between flesh… Read More

The Accelerators

The Accelerators is an apophenia in which connections and patterns exist perceptually—pull one thread and five more present themselves: In the same year as the French Revolution, gunflint, barrels of rum, mirrors, brass kettles, and laced hats were offered in exchange for a tract of land known as The Toronto Purchase; Marie… Read More

A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow

Since 2011, Marlene Creates has been observing and photographing winter’s phenomena by means of over 80 named varieties of ice, snow, and winter weather in the Newfoundland dialect. Examples include ballicattered (covered with a layer of ice from spray or waves), clinkerbells (icicles), ice-blink (the dazzle of the ice), and… Read More

Luminous Fields

Luminous Fields presents images of light imprints from plants and metal circles captured by Marie-Jeanne Musiol with electromagnetic photography. The series is part of a more extensive energy herbarium assembled by the artist at the intersection of two imaginary visions embodied by Goethe, poet and scientist, and David Bohm, quantum… Read More

No One Says Anything, Everyone Remembers Everything

This documentary photo and text essay examines everyday life in the transitory political present of Latvia, a country emerging from the remnants of the Soviet Union and adapting to a new European identity, with one eye uneasily fixed on its Russian neighbour. Historically, Latvia has been a perpetually‐occupied territory, but… Read More

A Telling Portrait : The Work and Collection of Michael Mitchell

“Photographers tend to be collectors. Most people travel through life experiencing the world in successive moments […]. Photographers, however, stop to concentrate, preserve, and collect certain of those moments.” — Michael Mitchell, 2005 Working with prominent Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and writer Michael Mitchell, second-year students from Ryerson University’s Film and… Read More

Surveillance

André Kertész (1894–1985) is an undisputed master of photography, an icon who created much of the visual vocabulary of the medium that is still in use today. Kertész worked thematically throughout his life, repeatedly approaching the same subjects and ideas and refining and redefining his observations as he matured as an… Read More

So Be It

During weekly classes at the Gardiner Museum, Chris Curreri photographed students’ wet and discarded projects. The resulting series of photographs, Untitled (Clay Portfolio), focuses on the material of clay as it shifts between states of form and states of formlessness. Some of the prints in the series have a subtle solar‐ ization… Read More

The Unseen Seen

The Unseen Seen originated in the archives of Berlin’s Deutsche Kinemathek, an institution which, like TIFF, holds and preserves tens of thousands of film reels. The “unseen” here refers to the physical medium of film, the 3.5cm strips of celluloid that served as the physical substrate of cinematic images for… Read More

The New Gods

The New Gods is a collaboration between Montreal-based Josée Pedneault and Mexico City-based Alejandro Garcia Contreras . Through a series of striking large-scale photographs, their project examines fantastical rites of spring that have emerged spontaneously within an isolated village in the mountains of southern Mexico. For the past several years, the villagers of… Read More

SHERP, Long Wanderings in Northern Kenya

This documentary-based exhibition gives a glimpse into daily life at the Samburu Handicap Education and Rehabilitation Programme (SHERP), an NGO in Maralal, Kenya. SHERP, in an effort to accommodate a range of needs, is a home, community, orphanage, and dormitory for children with disabilities. This exhibition presents images that Toronto-based… Read More

Wakhan, Another Afghanistan

Wakhan, Another Afghanistan is a multidisciplinary exhibition of works by Franco-Canadian artist Varial Cédric Houin, in special collaboration with New York-based creative entrepreneur Fabrice Nadjari. In 2011, Varial and Nadjari embarked on a life-changing journey through the Wakhan Corridor in northeastern Afghanistan. Originally a quest to understand the enduring fascination… Read More

Joy and Sorrow: Photographs and Films by Elisa Julia Gilmour and Ben Freedman

As emerging artists interested in two fundamental elements of photographic representation, time and light, Elisa Julia Gilmour and Ben Freedman’s exhibition merges their two distinct interdisciplinary practices to uncover their procedural, thematic, and aesthetic commonalities. Gilmour’s installation is composed of two 16mm short films projected side by side and looping… Read More

Six Characters in Search of a Photograph

Titled Six Characters In Search of a Photograph, after Luigi Pirandello’s famous play Six Characters In Search of an Author, a play that blurs reality with acting, Fausta Facciponte’s photographic series explores the social constructs of the art world: its players and activities. Using an absurd collection of decorative household… Read More

Character Reference

Fostered through her deep-rooted fascination with fictional characters, Virginia Mak infuses her photographic work with poetic references to icons from classic literature, folklore, and mythology. By staging scenarios around illustrious storylines and characters, Mak aims to re-interpret familiar narratives. Manifest in her evocative work are contemporary allusions to characters from… Read More

Aware

David Hanes uses found images of existing gallery documentation as the source material for digital manipulations in Aware. Derived from online searches of popular works of art, Hanes revises these representations of cultural objects in anonymous spaces through Photoshop’s “content aware” function. In this process of re-presentation, the art content… Read More

Double the Pleasure, Triple the Fun

Stereography offers a sense of tangibility to the photographic image. The ability to see depth draws the viewer into the depicted scene, and as the two images merge into one, a new three-dimensional image is brought to life. Since its introduction, 3D imagery has met with waves of popularity, most… Read More

Colectivo & Paisajes Diversos

Latin-American modernity is a hybrid: urban and rural identities are influenced by technological and economic impacts from developed countries, even while the different cultures remain relatively uninformed about each other. From this arise seemingly strange adaptations. American cars from the 1970s have traditionally been celebrated for their connotations of freedom… Read More

Have You Seen This Man

In Have You Seen This Man, Nadia Belerique continues her investigation into the mood of space and the methods by which to occupy it physically and psychologically. Borrowing from narrative structures such as poetry, prose, and news headlines, and culling from diverse technological aesthetics, Belerique draws the viewer into an… Read More

Prairie and Pavement

Detroit, once the fourth largest city in the United States, has lost more than half its population over the last 50 years. The city has declared bankruptcy, unemployment is staggering, there are 80,000 abandoned houses, and emergency services have been severely compromised. The basic elements of Western urban life have… Read More

Ruins

Exploring notions of disintegration, disappearance, and decay, Jérôme Nadeau’s practice is concerned with externalizing typically unseen production processes. He is interested in the poetic language of abstraction and the inherent qualities of the photographic medium. His destructive gestures, which manipulate photographic surfaces, rupture conventionality. Ruins features works made using a… Read More

Soft Landing

Soft Landing brings together new works by New York-based artist Sheree Hovsepian, whose practice engages photography, sculpture, and installation in an exploration of movement, abstraction, and various conceptions of the “object.” Among these is an ongoing series of photograms called Haptic Wonders. The term “haptic” refers to the sense of… Read More

Capitol Complex

Tris Vonna-Michell stages installations and performs narrative structures using spoken word, sound compositions, and photography. His narratives are born of historical research and social observation, filtered through personal anecdotes. Vonna-Michell’s works extend over several years as context-specific iterations develop with each exhibition, acknowledging how the perception of historical material… Read More

To Come to Earth Again

In this exhibition, three new and related photographic series function as field notes in Alice Dixon’s ongoing exploration of how humans live within nature. Her depictions of sites from around the world, where humans and nature intersect, focus on the complex and contradictory relationships of proportion and affect. The Last… Read More

Backra Bluid

In Backra Bluid, Brooklyn-based photographer Stacey Tyrell portrays herself as a white woman by altering her skin colour and making subtle tweaks to her features. Backra is archaic Caribbean slang of West African origin that means “white person.” Bluid is the Scotch word for blood, as well as for kin. In… Read More

I’m Late, I’m Late: Part Puzzle, Part Game

Max Dean has unleashed his imagination and invites viewers to participate in his creative process. Establishing a metaphor between Harbourfront Centre’s photography gallery and his studio, Dean plots the journey of his ideas from inception to realization. The photography gallery, an intersection with twenty-something portals leading in all directions and… Read More

Libraria: The Evolution of Literary Spaces

Through her large-scale photographs of the sweeping interiors of historic libraries from across North America, Toronto-based artist Elaine Chan-Dow considers the evolution of these insti- tutions. The term “library” derives from the Latin word libraria, meaning bookshop. Historically, the library stemmed from the idea of a “reading room” formed by a collective… Read More

I’m Not There

In this photographic series, Saman Aghvami touches on an issue at the heart of the experiences of Torontonians from diasporic communities: the notion of “home,” both present and past, and the interconnections between them. Specifically, I’m Not There consists of portraits of Iranians living in exile in Toronto. The portraits… Read More

Jessica Eaton

Celebrated Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton uses analogue techniques often dating from the early years of photography to explore the elemental properties of the medium. A photography graduate from Vancouver’s Emily Carr University who now resides in Montreal, Eaton has quickly risen to international prominence. She is renowned for… Read More

Portraits

Portraits is a solo exhibition of Wyn Geleynse’s recent multimedia and video work. As part of an ongoing investigation of personality through creative forms of documentation, this body of work comprises several “portrait installations.” Each installation is a filmic rendering of an individual recounting a story, which is then projected… Read More

Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953)

In this new body of work, Hannah shifts focus to his personal history, re-animating a “frozen moment” captured 18 years before he was born. His starting point is a yellowing photograph of his grandmother painting a portrait of his mother at an art club on an American military base in… Read More

Snowbirds

Snowbirds is a study of Breezy Hill RV trailer park in Pompano Beach, Florida, where a tightly-knit community of French Quebecois retirees reside. The “sunshine state” is home to the largest concentration of Quebecois outside of Quebec. Though many residents could afford to live in gated communities by the ocean,… Read More

Cloud Cover

In Cloud Cover, interdisciplinary Toronto-based artist Joan Kaufman creates ethereal images that blur illusion and the natural world. Working in her studio, Kaufman fabricates elaborate installations using layers of falling textiles and carefully modulated lighting. She then employs the primary tools of studio photography to simulate a fragmented world, revealing… Read More

Gordon Parks

Nicholas Metivier Gallery presents the first Canadian exhibition for the internationally acclaimed artist Gordon Parks (1912 – 2006). A preeminent photographer, poet, novelist, composer, and filmmaker, Parks was one of the most prolific and diverse American artists of the 20th century. Born in Kansas, Parks was one of 15 children and faced… Read More

Ebrahim Noroozi

This exhibition brings together multiple photo essays by Iranian photographer Ebrahim Noroozi. Included in the exhibition is Victims of Forced Love, a series that documents the life of a young mother and daughter in the aftermath of an acid attack that left them severely disfigured and in need of many… Read More

The Unfinished Revolution

Working as a researcher for Human Rights Watch, Samer Muscati has documented the aftermath of some of humanity’s darkest acts. His special area of concentration is international women’s rights, with a particular emphasis on Africa and the Middle East. Gathering the testimony of his subjects is often harrowing, and Muscati… Read More

Ken Matsubara

Through his sculptural works, Ken Matsubara explores the possibility of melting memories that reside deep within one’s consciousness. He incorporates photography and video with found objects and antiques in an attempt to unlock the memories that are embodied within. Working with the belief that recollections are genetically inherent in human… Read More

The Rift

“I remember the first time I set foot in Africa. I landed in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, and before my heel touched the ground I had the overwhelming sensation that I was home. Since then, I have explored the continent from east to west and north to south. The… Read More

Marc Audette, Adad Hannah

This exhibition features new works by Toronto-based photographer Marc Audette and Montreal- and Vancouver- based artist Adad Hannah. Unifying these two bodies of work are the artists’ expressive interaction between photographic history, nature, and current technology. Audette exploits and explores the conventions and technological features of photography, establishing both the… Read More

Hamilton

In 2007, photographer Joseph Hartman relocated from the small rural community of Lafontaine, Ontario, where he lived most of his life, to Hamilton, Ontario. Initially feeling disoriented and disconnected from the city, he began to photograph Hamilton as a way to understand the place he now calls home. Hamilton is… Read More

Broken Horizons

Through the manipulation of photographic raw materials, Becky Comber physically rearranges imagery to create new visual constructions of her surroundings. Working with these physical documents gives her a flexible medium with which to explore notions of the landscape and people’s place within it, the mental construction of reality, and the… Read More

40 Years. An Exhibition of Hip Hop Portraits

1974: 40 years ago. Civil war in Ethiopia has broken out. The crew of Skylab 4 return to Earth after 84 days in orbit. The Rubik’s Cube is invented. Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in the most recognized boxing match in history. And in the South Bronx, New York,… Read More

The Booth

“Ever since I first starting going to the movies, I’ve found myself turning around to look up into the tiny window above the audience. I would imagine the projectionist threading film into a complicated maze of wheels and sprockets, or splicing trailers and reels under the dim light of… Read More

Reunions

In Reunions, Toronto-based artist Steven Beckly reclaims and recontext-ualizes old photographs of same-sex couples, constructing a new and contemporary album through the queering of past identities, relationships, and histories. Drawn from his collection of studio portraits, vernacular snapshots, and wartime photographs spanning from approximately 1880 to 1980, personal and intimate… Read More

Archiving Public Sex

Focusing on erotic art, censorship, and large public sex events such as the Feminist Porn Awards and Morpheous’ Bondage Extravaganza, Archiving Public Sex will showcase materials from the Sexual Representation Collection of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Visitors will be invited to think about sex not… Read More

The Pensive Spectator

This cross-disciplinary exhibition features an expansive installation of more than 1,000 photographs created by collaborators Benjamin Freedman and Aaron Friend Lettner in Toronto and Edinburgh. Two side-by-side 16mm projections complement the photographic work. Evolving from a shared belief in the camera’s ability to heighten the experience of seeing into an… Read More

Outworld

Images have been made without cameras throughout the history of photography, from 19th-century cyanotypes, to Man Ray’s photograms, to a range of contemporary practices that engage with light and photochemistry. Toronto-based Alex McLeod is internationally recognized for his large-scale images of fantastic worlds that appear at first glance to… Read More

Szko&#0322a | School

Toronto and Krakow-based Mark Filipiuk interconnects imagery using digital, brush, and collage techniques. Through the representation of young people, the photo-based works attempt to locate a typology of personalities as they are just beginning to emerge into adulthood. Mounted on metal panels are multiple composites of adolescent youth in the… Read More

Murmur

Richard Barnes’ recent photographic pursuits centre around natural history. Developed during his fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2006, Murmur explores the bizarre and fantastic effects of swarms of starlings flying over the city. This series, which became part of the monograph Animal Logic, published in 2009, follows… Read More

Lessons in Photography

Join artists Jackson Klie and Michelle O’Byrne with curator Andrea Leigh Pelletier for a discussion about their work. Read More

Orion Tide

In keeping with Kelly Richardson’s interest in the language of cinema and science fiction, her latest video installation and large-scale photographic work, Orion Tide, features a desert landscape at night, dotted with what appear to be numerous spacecraft or vessels leaving planet earth. Their sheer number suggests that this… Read More

Occupational Portraits

Occupational Portraits depicts traditional tradespeople in contemporary contexts using the 19th-century photographic process of the tintype. The skills of these chefs, carpenters, farmers, and artists are determined by the tools of their trades and the hands that wield them. A “trade” of another kind, tintype photography requires the same… Read More

The Distance Between

The Distance Between is a solo exhibition of large-format work by Portland-based artist Akihiko Miyoshi, from his project entitled Abstract Photographs (2011). Miyoshi’s photographs are playfully self-reflexive, simultaneously abstract yet photographically real. The 14 images chosen for this exhibition are all “self-portraits” consisting of the photographer and his… Read More

In The Naked Light I Saw

Gabriel Thompson trained himself in film photography in the streets and in community darkrooms after living a life of struggle that included periods of homelessness and institutionalization. Thompson regards photography as a form of poetry, allowing him to express his truth through the observations he makes during his wanderings. Read More

Along the Way: The Useful Landscape

Max Regenberg has been conducting a long-term photographic study of billboards in public spaces since the late 1970s. After finishing his training as an advertising photographer in Germany in 1977, he immigrated to Canada to work for three years. While in Canada, he was influenced by the emerging New… Read More

Banal Baroque

Banal Baroque is Vancouver-based Elizabeth Zvonar’s first solo exhibition in Toronto, featuring prints of the artist’s collage work, as well as her sculptures. Blending content from contemporary fashion and science magazines with themes and imagery pulled from historical lifestyle monthlies, Zvonar alters her source material to make images that… Read More

I Shop

Between 1986 and 1990, Canadian-American artist David Hlynsky made four photography trips to regions still within the Soviet sphere of influence. During these final years of the Cold War, he sought to document the similarities between people living under powerful yet opposing political ideologies. If we believe only… Read More

Bad Teeth

Erin Stump Projects presents a series of self-reflexive works by Robyn Cumming. The exhibition depicts the perpetually self-deconstructing nature of the human creature in contemporary imagery. Employing photography, sculpture, and video, the works assemble found objects that resemble bodily features to explore physique through distortion, decoration, ridicule, and goofery. Read More

Queer Portraits

Queer Portraits, in Gallery 44 vitrines, is an ongoing series of large-scale colour photographs of Levine’s community in Montreal that captures the artist’s complex emotional relationships to friends, lovers, and siblings. Each portrait is taken in a different domestic setting, characterized by saturated colours and discursive backgrounds. Using professional lighting… Read More

Undertow

This exhibition of works by American artist Doug Ischar highlights three diverse periods: his early photographic work; his installation work of the 1990s; and his recent experimental films. Ischar’s concern with queer masculinity and the poetics of loss runs throughout the exhibition. The photographs from Marginal Waters (1985) depict a seemingly edenic… Read More

In The Playroom

In the Playroom is photo-based artist, Jonathan Hobin’s ongoing series of large-scale, colour photographs that depict children re-enacting significant world events such as the attack on the World Trade Center, the murder of child beauty-queen JonBenét Ramsey, and the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. The series comments on… Read More

Maclean’s: Face to Face

For 108 years, Maclean’s magazine has been reporting from the world’s hot spots, interpreting and commenting on history as it is made in both words and images. The magazine’s tradition in portrait photography proves that great photojournalism requires compelling subjects. Now, for the first time, Maclean’s presents 50 captivating… Read More

Portrait

The work of Toronto-based photographer Mark Peckmezian expands the visual discourse of portraiture. This genre is steeped in a specific visual language and history that can be easily read and understood at a surface level even when an image contains more nuanced gestures. Images in Portrait evoke the classic poses… Read More

Defenders

Dan Epstein’s Defenders employs multimedia installation to paint a living ethnographic portrait of Canadian and American criminal defence lawyers in three cities: Detroit, New York, and Toronto. The project considers the personal experience of criminal justice by focusing on the individuals who defend the accused. After more than… Read More

Work in Progress

Where past series by Shai Kremer disclosed the trauma of militarization and empire on Israel’s landscape, Work in Progress presents two ongoing cycles of work from New York City: Notes from the Edges was born when Kremer immigrated to the United States in 2002, while the aesthetic of the World… Read More

The Mute Book

From the age of 14 – 17, the Toronto-based photographer Janieta Eyre developed a disorder that made it impossible to speak. As a consequence, many people gave up attempting to converse with Eyre and instead behaved as if she did not exist. The imposed silence and isolation had a curious effect… Read More

In-Between Worlds

In recent years, Meryl McMaster has travelled to remote landscapes on journeys that have helped her begin to understand her place in the natural world. These processes of self-discovery continue when McMaster returns to her studio and incorporates what she has learned into her art practice through the exploration of… Read More

 

Brazil-born Sebastião Salgado has worked in the medium of photography since 1973, covering major news events and pursuing more personal and documentary projects. Today he is recognized internationally as a pre-eminent photographer of globalization’s impact on humanity. Salgado has taken photographs in more than 100 countries, including some… Read More

SCHATZBERG

This exhibition highlights the photographic work of Jerry Schatzberg from the 1950s – 70s. Schatzberg’s early career began in the 1950’s with photography assignments in publications such as Vogue, McCalls, Esquire, Glamour and Life magazine at the crux of the post-war boom and postmodern age in New York City.  His rise as… Read More

looking forward, looking back

Since the early 1970s, Montreal-based photographer Lynne Cohen has focused on the absurd humour and disturbing aspects of public and private interior spaces. She captures what lurks in the corners of lobbies, spas, offices, laboratories, men’s clubs, and military installations. We walk through such spaces most of our lives—on… Read More

The Girl Document

Edith Maybin continues to explore the liminal space between girl and woman, this time through the use of still life photography. Beautiful and troubling, these in-camera constructions engage the viewer with both lucid detail and incomplete dreams. Fold upon fold, a singular portal unveils a deceitful truth, double-minded (untrustworthy) like… Read More

I Was Already Lost

Pari Nadimi Gallery presents a second solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed Italian duo Botto + Bruno. Known for their constructed photo­graphic and video works, which are sometimes used as material for creating large installations, Botto + Bruno continue to be interested in investigating the revolts, wishes, and dreams of… Read More

selected works from 30 years, 1982-2012

Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to present Marlene Creates: selected works from 30 years, 1982–2012, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will feature work from each decade of the Newfoundland-based artist’s production. Over the course of her career, Creates has been concerned with the relationship… Read More

Between Princely India & the British Raj

This is the first major North American exhibition of work by the path-breaking and prolific lens-man Raja Deen Dayal (1844–1905), whose meticulous photographs capture a historical period of great transition in India. The exhibit brings together more than 100 works of art, culled from three major collections in North… Read More

The Bikeriders

The Bikeriders features a selection of photographs by Danny Lyon, one of the most important documentary photographers and filmmakers to come of age in the 1960s. These images chronicle the activities of the motorcycle world from 1963–67. Lyon documented the life of the American bikerider in the Midwest from the… Read More

Dislocations

Dislocations brings together artists who explore the tenuous relationship between identity and place, and who investigate how movement has become a mode of being in the world during an era of globalization. The month-long exhibition will feature established and emerging artists from Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver, and highlight their aesthetic engagements with cultural… Read More

Eyes Outside Our Bodies (The Infra-Ordinary)

Eyes Outside Our Bodies (The Infra-Ordinary) presents new work by Toronto-based artist Maryanne Casasanta. The relationships between art and home, art and life, home and studio, and the interstitial space between image and object are drawn together through photography, temporary installations, and found or fabricated objects. Photographic documents of… Read More

Constructing Mythologies

Images depicting gender roles in modern Western society profoundly affect the way femininity is viewed. In presenting this survey of Toronto-based Janieta Eyre’s past and present work, Constructing Mythologies offers viewers an alternative way of imagining gender and femininity in today’s world. Throughout her career, Eyre has created… Read More

Undertow

This exhibition of works by American artist Doug Ischar highlights three diverse periods: his early photographic work; his installation work of the 1990s; and his recent experimental films. Ischar’s concern with queer masculinity and the poetics of loss runs throughout the exhibition. The photographs from Marginal Waters (1985) depict a… Read More

Far Between

Simultaneously form and space, water is a tangible element that—through light, time, and motion—is subject to temporal and spatial transformation. The human body can displace water but is also vulnerable to its force. This slow and meditative installation creates a space in which both co-exist, one continually disrupting the… Read More

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

In 2007, Google sent out an army of hybrid electric automobiles, each one bearing nine cameras on a single pole, in an endless quest to photograph every street in the “free” world. Google Street Views and Google Earth present a universe observed by the detached gaze of an indifferent… Read More

Photographie

In the 1990s, a group of artists in Montreal developed a new conceptual art practice based on photographic media. As the computer was becoming an indispensable tool across society, they were beginning their education in the visual arts. Michel de Broin, Gwenaël Bélanger, Manon de Pauw, Pascal Grandmaison, Isabelle… Read More

Sur la glace/Walking On Ice

During the BMW Exhibition Prize Gala on Thursday May 17 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Lise Beaudry was presented with the award for her exhibition Sur la glace / Walking on Ice, currently on view at the Art Gallery Of Mississauga until July 8. The annual BMW prize… Read More

Fordlandia: The Lost City of Henry Ford

Built by Henry Ford in the 1930s in the heart of the Amazon, Fordlandia was once home to 15,000 people. The settlement featured a rubber factory, worker housing, and recreational facilities. This attempt by the auto magnate to construct a typical American town in the jungle was ill-fated from… Read More

Scenes From Here

This exhibition looks at our complex relationship to nature, its role in our imaginations, and our varied experience and understanding of its reality. Scenes From Here presents the work of two photographers, Eamon Mac Mahon and Jim Verburg, whose considerably different interests in the natural landscape both seem predicated on… Read More

Private Commute

This exhibition brings together two artists, Erin Brubacher and John Haney, who have observed one another’s creative processes for over ten years. In Private Commute, they come together to work across the borders that define their work. Haney’s photography is formal and documentary, most often concerned with notions of… Read More

Crumbled Empire

In 2007, Andrew Rowat travelled overland from China to the former Soviet Republics: from Kyrgyzstan into Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. His approach to documenting the so-called “Stans” looks at how people in the region live today, amongst the remnants of a faded empire. Rowat’s photos never show us… Read More

Yonge Street / Rue du Faubourg Saint Denis

Throughout its history, the documentation of city streetscapes has been of enduring interest to photographers. Artists associated with this tradition include Charles Marville, Thomas Annan, Eugène Atget, Berenice Abbott, Gabriele Basilico and Thomas Struth. MacCallum’s photographs contribute to this ongoing examination of urban form. Shot from 2007 to… Read More

Follow Suit

Follow Suit, Kotama Bouabane's newest body of work, looks at a theme park just outside of Beijing called, The World. Promoted with the slogan, "See the entire world without ever leaving Beijing," it features over 100 world famous international monuments. Experiencing explosive growth, China is portrayed as a country… Read More

Gender and Exposure in Contemporary Iranian Photography

Curator Andrea Fitzpatrick has conducted extensive research into Iranian culture and in 2010 travelled to Tehran to do field work. Discourses about Middle Eastern art tend to be preoccupied by certain issues: femininity, the veil, gender disparity, religious tradition, and revolutionary conflict. This exhibition shifts the focus by considering… Read More

No Permanent Address

Images Festival and Gallery TPW are pleased to co-present work by Mark Boulos (USA/Netherlands). No Permanent Address is a three channel video portrait of the New People's Army, a Maoist guerrilla group in the Philippines. Shot over several months while the artist lived with the group, the work speaks… Read More

Untitled

Suzy Lake has had a long exhibition career internationally. In the early 1970s, she was one of a pioneering group of artists to adopt performance, video, and photography to explore the politics of gender, the body, and identity. Using costumes, make-up, and props, the artist creates self-portraits for the… Read More

Empty Vessels Make the Most Noise

Sitting at the intersection between photography, sculpture, collage and installation, Laurie Kang’s practice investigates the space between image and object. Examining the process of abstracting the everyday, her work disrupts the borders of the photograph to occupy three-dimensional space. This exhibition uses the vehicle of the image—photographic paper—as… Read More

Looking Askance

Looking Askance examines the skepticism inherent to photography’s reputation as a medium of objective representation. Through staged scenarios, Campbell asks audiences to consider the truth and fiction that occurs in front and behind the camera’s lens. Inspired by William H. Mumler, the first known Spirit Photographer dating back to… Read More

Coastal

The outport communities on the south-west coast of Newfoundland are diminishing each year as more and more young people leave their homes and heritage behind to find work. The early 1990s saw the collapse of the cod fishery industry due to centuries of overfishing and poor government management. This… Read More

Palimpsest

The cohering element in Mexican-Canadian artist Laura Barrón's work is her ongoing engagement with landscape. Whether vehicles for memory, impressionistic travelogues, or formal abstractions, her large-format photographs envelop the viewer. With her fluid horizon lines promising the infinite, many of her works conjure up serenity in the wake of… Read More

At Home

Palestinian-born artist Rehab Nazzal’s multi-video installation At Home employs fragmented visuals and dissonant sound to foreground the loss of people’s lives and freedom amidst her homeland’s ongoing military occupation. Using personal testimonies and archival documents, Nazzal transplants the experience of struggle from the streets of Palestine to the gallery… Read More

Vantage

April Hickox’s long-standing relationship with photography, as memory and landscape, observation and memento, strongly informs her new exhibition. Vantage presents two photographic series, Port Holes and Rain (2012), that convey mood and atmosphere by combining a water-based thematic with foregrounded use of the camera lens. Each photo in… Read More

 

Adi Nes’ photographs are stunning, bold, and often controversial. This will be the first Canadian survey of the internationally acclaimed Israeli photographer’s work. Attesting to the artist’s importance in a society fraught with conflict, his meticulously crafted images have become part of the collective visual culture beyond Israel. The… Read More

Theatrum Familiae

German photographer Katharina Mayer’s ongoing project Theatrum Familiae (2001 – ) presents a series of portraits that focus on the family as an enduring way of life. Travelling to various cities, the artist photographs her subjects in the place where they feel most comfortable: at home. The family is still… Read More

Inhabitants

Stephen Waddell’s work occupies a space between the photograph as document and as art. Appearing first as images born from strict observation, his pictures are gradually inflected by an awareness of the poetic choices made by the artist. The artist cites Russian avant-garde filmmaker Dziga Vertov as an influence,… Read More

Paris

Our romanticized view of Paris comes to us through novels, movies, and photographs. But this Paris does not exist—not the way it does in the mind—and it probably never did. Confronting the Paris of our romantic imaginations, Harley Valentine's photoworks The Parisian Mirrored Gateways reclaim and re-imagine a… Read More

Entire City Project

Michael Awad’s latest presentation of his ongoing Entire City Project (2005 – ) features photographs of Toronto and Milan. Awad’s highly detailed images recompose single subjects—such as people on the Eaton Centre escalators on Boxing Day, or models on the catwalk for a Comrags fashion show—into multiple views to capture… Read More

Glass Ceiling

When American photographer Jill Greenberg was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989, her senior thesis project made reference to philosopher Sandra Lee Bartky’s statement: "The disciplinary project of femininity is a setup … it requires such radical and extensive bodily transformation that a woman… Read More

Still Life

Still Life is an exhibition of new photographic and video work by Vancouver-based artist Matilda Aslizadeh. In her series of photographs titled vanitas, the artist uses techniques of digital compositing to construct multi-layered images of decaying nature juxtaposed against mass-produced, artificial versions of the same. In the history of… Read More

A Co-existence: Lost in the Wake of Zionism

The Jewish people arrived in the land now known as Morocco over 2000 years ago. Protected since the 7th century by the Islamic principle of tolerance, they flourished, holding high positions in trade and government. The Star of David was a symbol all Moroccans shared in common, appearing on… Read More

ELEGY

Deborah Samuel’s ELEGY is a project borne out of loss and anger. Loss came with the passing of loved ones; anger, in the wake of the environmental degradation caused by the 2010 BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. After she was prevented from photographing oil-slicked birds in… Read More

Frames of the Visible

In Frames of the Visible, Sanaz Mazinani examines the disassociation that occurs between an event and its photographic record. Using images of war mined from online media outlets, she constructs digital photographic collages that collapse the meaning of the original image, creating, in the process new representations of conflict. Read More

In the Corner of My Eye

From Facebook to Instagram, the proliferation of photo-based imagery has arguably changed how we interact. Today, we are more likely than ever to communicate through images. Similarly, the digital image is now ubiquitous within contemporary art practice. In this exhibition, artists incorporate photographic details into larger installations or sculptural… Read More

Motels of Niagara Falls

As a popular tourist destination, Niagara Falls, Ontario has always been home to a thriving motel industry, one that is now being drastically altered by changing economic times. Working collaboratively, Pauk and Slootsky document a number of these fading establishments, focusing on those least likely to survive unchanged into… Read More

Stormbelt

On the day Obama entered the White House, Robert Leslie embarked on an 8000-kilometre journey from Miami to Los Angeles through the Sun Belt in the Southwestern United States, revisiting the same locations in late 2011. With the manufacturing region of the Midwest and Northeast, known as the Rust… Read More

Full Frontal T.O.

For over 30 years, Patrick Cummins has wandered the streets of Toronto, photographing its ever-changing houses, garages, and storefronts. Straightforward shots chronicle the same buildings over the years, or document the length of a block, facade by facade. A distinctive feature of Cummins’ project is his focus on “unimportant”… Read More

Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

Between 1985 and his death in 2002, Robert Giard took nearly 600 black-and-white portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures. In the wake of the AIDS crisis, the photographer felt compelled to document and celebrate queer histories and literature. Giard’s portraits commemorate the pioneers of an emerging queer identity… Read More

Fall and Implosions

Fall and Implosions examines the tension between human actions and their surroundings by bringing together the work of two French photographers, Denis Darzacq and Mathieu Pernot. Each series–in its own way–suggests fragile relationships between humanity and the environment. Darzacq’s work presents young dancers and athletes performing jumps. In… Read More

Long Divisions

Long Divisions explores cinematic and sculptural clichés of science fiction through the digital lens. Working with video and photography, Geoffrey Pugen imagines a fantastical landscape as though it were a special effects blue screen: a transformative background. This narrative loosely follows the journey of a gallerist, and at every… Read More

Kallima

With its wings drawn together, the Kallima butterfly bears an uncanny resemblance to a dried-up leaf. Disputed as unnecessary camouflage, what motivates this evolutionary development if not for self-preservation? Could it be a sort of sympathetic sentience from its surroundings or perhaps a gradual loss of self-identity over time?… Read More

"Where I was born" : A Photograph, a Clue, and the Discovery of Abel Boulineau

Every summer from 1897 to 1916, Abel Boulineau (1839 – 1934) traveled through the French countryside and photographed the people he met and the places he visited. Wherever he went, Boulineau was drawn to scenes of daily life: washerwomen and tradespeople at work, shopkeepers with clients and children at play, bustling… Read More

Boreal Collective

The Boreal Collective features a generation of young photojournalists who document social inequities through carefully composed narratives. After years of photographing international locations, this exhibition focuses on their recent projects set in Canada. The show includes five widely published photojournalists, who investigate geographic shifts in landscape within Canada, be… Read More

New Works 2011

Lee Goreas uses large-format digital photography to explore the relationship between a found object and its related environment. Through heroic portraits, this latest series transforms golf balls from mass-produced objects into larger-than-life characters. Each ball occupies centre stage, as Goreas photographs their form, colour, surface, and texture. The text… Read More

Memorandoms

In Memorandoms, James Nizam’s photographs focus on the former Little Mountain Housing Project–the oldest public housing development in Vancouver–recently demolished to make way for a higher-density combination of market condominiums and social housing. Over the course of several months, Nizam documented a series of ephemeral sculptures that he constructed… Read More

Right To Play – Sandy Lake, Ontario 2010 – 2011

When Glen Baxter is not interviewing designers, architects, and photographers for CTV’s In Fashion, he is often found behind a camera, documenting remote communities and the people who live there, in support of Right To Play. This humanitarian organization is focused on improving the quality of life for disadvantaged… Read More

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

Montreal-based Jessica Eaton and Brooklyn-based Lucas Blalock create interconnected imagery–each in their own way–through experimentation with situations, objects, and photographic techniques. Their process-based images are altered to such an extent that when finished, the subject is depicted as a new entity. Eaton’s analogue images of still life and… Read More

Don River

This exhibition explores the transient nature of environments and how they are shaped by memory. Surendra Lawoti’s Don River series documents displaced residents and locals who occupy the Don River Valley shores in Toronto. His large-scale images focus on makeshift shelters along the river, and the people who use… Read More

Stillwater

Chris Boyne’s Stillwater intermixes a narrative sound recording with colour landscape photography. The work documents an event that happened in 1952, when Boyne’s grandfather, while hunting for deer, accidentally shot and killed a man who was out in the woods with his son. The photograph shows the “scene of… Read More

Space vs. Place

Space vs. Place explores perceptual transitions between three-dimensional and two-dimensional space. Working from a memory of home, Susan Kordalewski creates two-dimensional representations within three-dimensional locations that are then photographed. These images differentiate space from place, and memory from lived experience. The layering of location and dimension–along with the inherent… Read More

Paths That Cross Cross Again

Eric Gottesman is an American artist and community arts practitioner working primarily in photography and video. Most significantly, for over a decade he has worked with Sudden Flowers, a children’s art collective that he co-founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The work of Sudden Flowers, and Gottesman’s collaborations with them,… Read More

Still Life With Thanatotic Animals

In Still Life with Thanatotic Animals, Lee Henderson employs the visual rhetoric of hunting culture by documenting trophy heads to continue his exploration of mortality. Mediated by the photographic print, the dead animal’s head as archival trophy is confirmed as a timeless personification of death. The artist is fascinated… Read More

Mirrored

Tim Maslen & Jennifer Mehra have built up a collaborative practice that involves site-specific photo interventions. They position two-dimensional mirror figures–human and animal–within a variety of urban and rural spaces, which alter preconceived notions about the natural world. These carefully placed ghost-like silhouettes create strange and unexpected juxtapositions within… Read More

Re-construction (Gladstone)

Martie Giefert is interested in architectural experience and the role it plays in shaping memory. Re-construction (Gladstone) is a site-specific installation created in response to the 3rd floor, interacting in a deliberate way with its surrounding context. By deconstructing and recreating spatial encounters, the artist explores how the medium… Read More

The Weekend

In The Weekend, Isabel M. Martinez joins two different photographs vertically within a single frame, which creates a disorienting “push and pull” between foreground and background. Using in-camera masks, images are grafted into a simultaneity that challenges the eye; scenes are brought together but never completely blended. These large-scale… Read More

Three Women

Three Women depicts the artistic lives of Bernadette, a farm-poetess; Susanna, a gallerist and outsider artist; and Sister Maureen, a nun who repurposed an abandoned convent as an event space. For Serena McCarroll, documenting their practices and stories is a means for her to grapple with artistic identity within… Read More

Fallen Empires

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”–George Orwell, 1984 Shai Kremer is an internationally acclaimed contemporary photographer whose images provoke discussion about justice and power. His practice is heavily invested in exploring and documenting the landscape, terrain that has been scarred… Read More

Share the Moment

Share the Moment explores the North York landscape through imagery of the past to re-articulate its significance in the present. Toronto-based artist Stephen Cruise instills new life into the forgotten Kodak Fotomat: a drive-through photo-processing booth. By transforming the former Fotomat in the parking lot of the Sheppard Plaza,… Read More

Travelers In Time

Lluis Barba’s work playfully appropriates art history masterpieces, and reworks them using references taken from pop culture. The artist is interested in constructing absurd, revisionist histories by merging the past with the present. In his images, highly recognizable scenarios from art history become a black-and-white backdrop for present-day figures… Read More

Constellations

For Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, investigating landscape–through photography: its history, devices, and physical properties–has been a recurring theme in his practice. The artist explains, “One may compare the viewing experience with a stroll in the proverbial woods, where the closeness of the trees blurs our view of the countryside–until we suddenly… Read More

The Americans

In The Americans, Gauri Gill–who was born in India–takes the United States of America as her subject, focusing on South Asian communities within a pre- and post- 9/11 landscape. Her chosen title harkens back to the influential 1958 publication by prominent Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank. Similar to Frank, Gill… Read More

Field Work

Chris Gergley’s Field Work (1999 – 2011) is an exhibition featuring several large-scale colour photographs of Canadian surroundings. His quasi-documentary work investigates landscapes and the subject’s relationship to its pictorial ground. In several of these works, manmade interventions within an environment allude to a human presence in lieu of actual people. Read More

Paradise

Created during postwar America, Larry Fink’s photo diaries depict a generation of disenfranchised youths known as “beats” who took to the streets, rejecting authority and capitalism. This term, coined by author Jack Kerouac, refers to “crazy illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere.” These… Read More

Monegros

In 2010 Edward Burtynsky photographed farm areas in Spain including Monegros, a hilly, semi-desert area with extreme climatic conditions. He was drawn to this landscape’s complex and organic expansion; these successive divisions of land were created by family farming. The visual formations and abstractions within the land fascinated Burtynsky,… Read More

Untitled Work

Since the early 1970s, Lynne Cohen has been photographing men’s clubs, classrooms, spas, military installations, laboratories, and other uninhabited public and private interiors. She has focused her attention on the strangeness and contradictions in the everyday world. Although her work has a social and political edge, and sometimes a… Read More

The Walls

The Walls is a new series of photographs by internationally acclaimed Iranian film director, poet, and photographer Abbas Kiarostami. These images are portraits taken of walls from houses that were built in Iran. With surfaces that are parched, cracked, fractured, blistered, and marred, each wall evokes the passage of… Read More

Extended Breath

Since the 1970s, Suzy Lake has been known for groundbreaking and influential explorations of female identity. She later shifted focus to non-narrative portraits of roses standing in as metaphors for beauty and aging. In her current backlit series, Extended Breath, Lake works with slow shutter speeds and long exposures… Read More

Seed Bank

As a filmmaker and videographer active since the mid-1980s, Su Rynard’s work conveys a deep sense of memory and place. Drawn to science as a departure point for artistic inquiry, Seed Bank is an installation exploring human constructions of “nature.” This seed bank located in London, England, is… Read More

CORONAE

In CORONAE, artist Andrew Wright continues his investigation into photographic technologies by interrogating how they depict environments and the world around us. This new series of large-scale works contributes to contemporary discourses on cameraless photography, challenging conventional understandings about materials, procedures, and functions. These images–a literal puncturing of photographic… Read More

Urban Shadows

Urban Shadows examines the damaging effects that people have on urban centres, specifically in Osaka, Japan; Tehran, Iran; Mexico City, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil; and Dhaka, Bangladesh. Carlos Cazalis documents these overpopulated megacities that have become epicentres of cultural and economic power, yet are also major consumers of the… Read More

West by East

Shadi Ghadirian also explores her Iranian homeland, in addition to the complex relationship that exists between women and the socio-cultural issues that have swept a nation. With West by East, the artist photographs women against a plain backdrop and uses the gestures of a black marker on the image… Read More

Landscape, Revolution, People

In Landscape, Revolution, People, the works of Gohar Dashti, Ali Kamran, and Aydin Matlabi convey emotional responses to Iran, their homeland, which has changed dramatically since the times of ancient Persia and following the Islamic Revolution. From confrontational portraits to pastoral scenes and politically charged moments: in each image… Read More

Loop

Peter Wilkins’ recent series Loop is an examination of built environments and how “pattern languages” relate to urban planning and public space within Toronto. Working with photography and the moving image, Wilkins transforms man-made surroundings into colourful kaleidoscopic images, which are occasionally disrupted by the subtle rhythm of pedestrians… Read More

The Undesirables

Chantal James spent five years documenting a group of street children, born into an inequitable class system in Rio de Janeiro. The Undesirables is an exhibition of intimate images, depicting ordinary moments in the lives of abandoned teenagers who are often living through private experiences within public spaces. Despite… Read More

Becoming What We Behold: A CFC Media Lab Project

Marshall McLuhan’s idea that “we shape our tools and then our tools shape us” has particular relevance to the way social media has defined the 21st century. From Facebook to Flickr, these applications evolve, give form, and satisfy our insatiable appetite to share subjective experience. This interactive installation features… Read More

Something Something

Provocative and seductive–Chris Curreri’s images construct new and unexpected relationships between the human form and found objects. He treats his models’ bodies as porous and pliable figures that are deliberately bent and contorted to destabilize the boundary between subject and object. In Curreri’s work, a given entity becomes subject… Read More

Resettlement: Portraits From Lawrence Heights

Toronto is a city largely defined by new immigrant communities that have increased in population over the past ten years. Lawrence Heights, located in North York, is one of these communities, a high-density affordable housing neighbourhood slated to undergo revitalization. This public housing complex is an impenetrable maze of… Read More

Ukrainian Journey

Photography in the Soviet Union was an instrument of the state used to document achievements and define ideologies of the communist party. This exhibition provides a contemporary example of the role photography plays in the quest for a post-Soviet identity. Ukraine is one of the important former republics… Read More

Survey 2002 – 2007 / Homeless • Home / Familia Lavandria • Family Laundry

Foregoing digital techniques, Jakub Dolejš’ draws on his background as a painter to emphasize the artificiality of the photographic image, a truth we are usually content to ignore. Dolejs’ stages his artworks, combining real life elements – often posed models – with painted backdrops to create photographs that, as… Read More

Hermann & Audrey

In a world of instant information where we are exposed to a barrage of images daily, the exhibition presented by Hermann & Audrey creates an opportunity for viewers to take control of and define their relationship with photography. Fusing traditional art techniques with cutting edge technologies, the exhibition engages… Read More

Right To Play – Azerbaijan, 2009

Over the last 20 years, Glen Baxter has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East, where he has indulged in his passion for photography. Baxter is host of CTV’s IN FASHION and a reporter for FashionTelevisionChannel. For CONTACT 2010, he presents photographs he took while traveling in… Read More

Congo on the Wire

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the deadliest war in the world today. During 15 years of fighting, more than five million people have died, most from lack of access to food or basic health care. The violence is driven by ethnic divisions and fierce competition for… Read More

La Notte on a Laptop

Adam Harrison’s new exhibition, La notte on a laptop, examines relationships between photography and the digital processes that affect its production, distribution, and reception. The central element of the exhibition, presented here for the first time in its entirety, are photographic prints from 52 Studies, an online-based project… Read More

The Skin you Love to Touch

The enhanced human beauty the photographic image conveys inspires widespread feelings of inadequacy. In the unpublished text Touch and Go Photography (n.d.), Marshall McLuhan noted that “the skin-you-love-to-touch” has undergone a great change as a result of photography. He went on to describe how with the photo came “self-consumption” and… Read More

Silver Ghost

Thaddeus Holownia reinvents the way we look at familiar imagery in order to provoke extraordinary relationships between viewer and subject. As an environmentalist, Holownia draws on his metaphysical relationship with the ecosystem as a response to humankind’s intervention with the landscape. The photographs from the body of work, Silver… Read More

You May Feel Something

Faced with the overwhelming influence of the photographic image in contemporary life, the artists in this exhibition have found a way to fight back. In You May Feel Something they work to control the onslaught of images by using photographs as the raw material for the making of artworks. Read More

Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography from The Wedge Collection

Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography from The Wedge Collection, is a selection of images by contemporary photographic artists of African origin. Through a wide range of photographic practices, Always Moving Forward speaks to a world in which migrations, economies and cultures have all gone global. In these… Read More

Unfinished Business

The practice of French artist Eric Baudelaire examines the influence of public images on our experience of social and political events and the impact of representation on our sense of time and history. Employing allegories of movement to investigate the relationship between images and knowledge, Baudelaire’s exhibition presents video… Read More

Nightingale

Meera Margaret Singh’s series Nightingale focuses on her mother as the protagonist in a narrative about human fragility and tenacity, symbolically embodying both life and death. Singh explores aging and loss, inviting us to look closely at the beauty and sadness of these realities from which we so often—willfully… Read More

Disposable Hold

Zach Slootsky’s multimedia installation examines the ephemerality of beauty and celebrity in a thousand-channel culture, where media is consumed and inherently disposable. His series of event portraits portray moments of debauchery and excess, celebrating the energy of the moment. The presence of the camera modifies the situation it is… Read More

Exposures

Over the past decade Barbara Probst has created Exposures, a body of work that presents images of places or events photographed from multiple view points. Radio-controlled technology allows the artist to simultaneously trigger the shutters of an array of cameras loaded with black and white and colour film. The… Read More

Tropical Punch

In Tropical Punch, James Robert Durant explores the idea of a purchase-able paradise. Provoking questions about the influence commercial advertising has on our imagination, Durant’s work touches on the ethics of photography, and the powerful ability it possesses to manipulate the boundaries of reality, perception, and desire.  Durant… Read More

CARLOS & JASON SANCHEZ

The photographs by brothers Carlos and Jason Sanchez are meticulously planned yet have the look of spontaneously captured reportage. Each image is a staged tableau exploring the darker facets of modern life. Some refer to events well-known through mass media, while others are less specific but possess a strange… Read More

LOS SOÑADORS

As part of his decade-long stills project, Stan Denniston took to the streets of Havana, Cuba to create a large-scale video installation that plays against the medium’s ability to capture motion. In Los Soñadores, the artist hijacks the siestas of over 60 dreaming mutts, awaking them into a flurry… Read More

Subjective

The six photographers presented in Subjective belong to a new generation of photojournalists. All are under the age of 30, highly accomplished and recognized beyond their peers. They share an interest in combining the medium’s capacity for realism with their personal perspectives, on a range of social issues globally. Read More

Selective Affinities

Susana Reisman presents two bodies of work that reflect on the abundance of photographic imagery in “a society devoted to the image”. In these companion series, Reisman finds a fresh way to consider iconic images from the history of art and takes a critical look at the role the… Read More

USER, Portraits of Crack Addicts

Since 2007 Tony Fouhse has been obsessively going to the same corner in Ottawa to document a small society of crack addicts. Fouhse works with the cooperation and acceptance of the individuals he is photographing. His staged portraits, shot on medium and large format film cameras, are the result… Read More

Broken Sets / eBAY

In Broken Sets / eBay Penelope Umbrico makes new photographic works from cropped images of broken LCD TV screens that the artist found for sale on eBay. Because the broken monitors are sold for parts, eBay sellers turn on the TVs when photographing them so that potential buyers can… Read More

Creative Commons

Performing a simple search on flickr, one finds 5000 images of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) filed under Creative Commons Licence – which means that one is free to share, copy, distribute and transmit them. By relocating thousands of these images from a virtual space to a public site-specific… Read More

Some Kind of Divine

Ryerson Gallery presents two exhibitions that focus on images made by women. Ruth Kaplan’s Some Kind of Divine, the artist’s Documentary Media MFA thesis project looks at the experience of religious faith and skepticism. Kaplan’s large-scale photographs draw us in to consider broader questions about theology, documentary ethics,… Read More

In Her Presence: Selected Photographs by Women from the Mira Godard Research Centre, Ryerson University

Ryerson Gallery presents two exhibitions that focus on images made by women. By investigating the subjects and spaces to which women have traditionally had access, In Her Presence considers the role played by female photographers in the representation of women outside the stereotypical imagery of advertisements. The photographs… Read More

The Pervasive View: Vintage Prints from the National Geographic Image Collection

Stephen Bulger Gallery is proud to present the first Canadian exhibition of vintage prints from the National Geographic Image Collection archive. The exhibition features over 60 unique vintage black and white prints dating from the earliest days of the Society in the 1880s through the 1940s. Half of these… Read More

REWind

REWind presents the work of three photographers from the Chicago Women in Photography Collective, all of whom use traditional documentary practices to examine photography’s influence on our fascination with the past. Marshall McLuhan’s observation that “preceding [environments] acquire an almost nostalgic fascination when surrounded by the new” (The Essential McLuhan)… Read More

Subjective

The six photographers presented in Subjective belong to a new generation of photojournalists. All are under the age of 30, highly accomplished and recognized beyond their peers. They share an interest in combining the medium’s capacity for realism with their personal perspectives, on a range of social issues globally. Read More

Humanidad – Working Childern

Humanidad – Working Children is a photographic exhibition that strives to educate its viewers about the effects of globalization on third world communities. Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras document the impoverished living circumstances of young people in Nicaragua, and work to empower them by using photography as a tool… Read More

Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa, a movement in the requiem mass, derives from the Latin word for weeping, lacrimatio. The photographs in Lacrimosa were taken during a two-month sojourn in the 11th-century Italian village of Montottone, where Sara Angelucci’s family lived for generations. Angelucci was inspired to photograph the ceramic memorial portraits as… Read More

The VERSTS (Версты)

 Marina Black’s conceptual project The Versts* is inspired by an anthology of poems of the same name written by the Russian poet, Marina Tsvetaeva. Black questions the authority and veracity of the photograph and chronicles its ability to transform time, memory and reality. By reconfiguring images of her homeland,… Read More

Another Side of You

Continuing his investigations of the boundaries between fact and fiction, Toronto-based artist Geoffrey Pugen’s newest body of work Another Side of You presents a series of masterfully manipulated photographs and videos. In an age of technological transformation, Pugen’s modified prints blend reality… Read More

Emile

Bettina Hoffmann composes everyday scenes to explore how still photographs and cinematography create and communicate space, characters and narrative. In the two-channel video projection Émile (2008), only the video camera moves: it slowly revolves around children and teenagers, who remain completely still,… Read More

Anteroom

In his series Anteroom, James Nizam has turned the interiors of abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished homes into room-sized camerae obscurae. He achieves this by fitting a makeshift lens to a hole he made in a wall, or attached to a hole in garbage bags covering… Read More

Parasite Paradise: 1999-2009

Parasite Paradise: 1999-2009 presents two bodies of work Paul de Guzman produced at opposite ends of a decade, each an aspect of his investigations into forms of artistic quotation and parasitism. In de Guzman’s cut-up, altered magazine pieces produced in 1999, the printed… Read More

awashawave

awashawave, with an alliterative title that slips by, examines (conceptually, phenomenologically, politically) the fruitful tensions between the still and moving image. This group exhibition presents figurative and literal interpretations of inundation and the perceptual tensions that result from being one amongst the… Read More

3,653 Self Portraits

In the grand atrium of Brookfield Place, this exhibition’s massive grid of images celebrates a ten-year milestone in Jeff Harris’s personal photo project. Since January 1, 1999, Harris has made at least one photograph of himself every day. Soon after, he started posting them… Read More

First Revolution, 1839: Daguerreotypes And The Intimate Gaze

First Revolution, 1839 brings the experience of the original “still revolution” to a public immersed in widespread technological and social change. Daguerreotypes, the first publicly available photographs, were invented before the advent of electrical illumination and had revolutionary social consequences. Exposed on… Read More

DOMINION and CATEGORIES OF DISAPPEARANCE

Eldon Garnet creates photography that is predicated upon constructing a series of images to frame an abstract narrative about our current social, political and economic environments. In Dominion, as in much of Garnet’s work, the polarities of beauty and threat, rapture and effrontery,… Read More

MAGNUM PHOTOS: STATES OF CONFLICT

Magnum Photos: States of Conflict examines some of the watershed moments of civic transformation over the last 40 years. Since 1948, Magnum photographers have been depicting conflict around the world, and the collective’s force reflects photography’s enduring power as a tool for change. Read More

Its Time

Photographs by their very nature alter our perception of time. Snatched from the narrative of our daily lives, photographic moments allow viewers to step outside themselves, pause and contemplate an image in their own time. This exhibition considers the push and pull of… Read More

Looking Forward, Looking Back

As an institution that takes pride in its photographic production facilities, education programs and exhibitions, Gallery 44’s “still revolution” looks back and forward at the same time. Photography, as a medium in technological flux, incites photographers to respond in myriad ways. The gallery’s… Read More

IN MAY (AFTER OCTOBER)

In May (After October) takes its title from two revolutionary moments in Western history: Russia’s October Revolution of 1917 and the French student protests of May 1968. It also makes reference to the social and political change that many people hope will be… Read More

Hank Willis Thomas: Visionary Delusions

Hank Willis Thomas: Visionary Delusions excavates the theme of Still Revolution, bringing into focus the way photography has distorted Black American culture and fuelled the corporate propagation of a false utopia. The exhibition showcases, for the first time in Canada, Thomas’ most signifi-… Read More

Still Motions

Still Motions traces the tension between the still and the moving image, presenting works that critique the logic of traditional photography via its successor media, film and video. Each work contains a degree of stillness that is in some way destabilized to disrupt… Read More

Swallowing Ice

Swallowing Ice is a series of short videos and photographs that examines women’s anxieties surrounding the decision to have children. Reviving the form of the silhouette to depict motherhood and its contradictions, Jennifer Long makes powerful use of the format’s ability to reveal… Read More

Elegy For a Stolen Land

From his ancestral home in Southern Ontario, Peter Sibbald presents landscape as a nexus of human will and nature. Elegy for a Stolen Land depicts a place where politics, spirituality, environmental science, commerce, social justice and philosophy collide. Read More

Close Distance

Close Distance presents a contemporary photographic view on the human-altered landscape, bringing together a range of carefully constructed landscapes by local and international artists. While we have become familiar with images that capture our destruction of nature, the images in Close Distance… Read More

Gather

Gather is a scanned archive of clusters of decaying balloons found on the beaches of Toronto Island. Markers of a symbolic life passage, balloons live on in April Hickox’s work as the forgotten detritus of social occasions reborn in the digital world. Read More

Good Timing / Bad Timing

In Good Timing / Bad Timing, photographs and films take form as sequential compilations of many thousands of still images. For the series in front (2002), the German artist duo M + M (Marc Weis and Martin de Mattia) dissected television news reports… Read More

Nature Morte

Nature Morte directly refers to the first photographs that inherited the iconographic tradition of late 18th-century still life painting. Taking up the idea of these composed shots, combined with a desire to heighten the reality of the photographic subject, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi processes his… Read More

Hutong House

In 2008, Hong Kong-born Canadian artist Yam Lau visited Beijing to develop a project about traditional Chinese courtyard houses. China’s vernacular architecture has sustained customary ways of life and values for centuries, but is quickly being replaced by new urban development. Hutong House… Read More

Jeff Bark

Jeff Bark’s work epitomizes photography’s return to pictorialism, a movement which first arose in the second half of the 19th century when the novelty of photographic accuracy began to fade. Macabre, voyeuristic and intimate, Bark’s works are constructed fictions reminiscent of painting (Ingres, Fischl and Carravagio’s opulent dramas of light and tone), fairy tales (the Brothers Grimm) and film (David Lynch). Read More

Lynne Cohen

For almost forty years, Lynne Cohen has photographed fragments of the real world, transforming them into found installations. Cohen’s background in sculpture may have intensified her interest in space itself, specifically the space in the surreal, claustrophobic places she photographs that have no way in and no way out. Devoid of human presence, her photographs of strange interiors,… Read More

Rafael Goldchain

At first glance, Rafael Goldchain’s photographs appear to be traditional family portraits from the early 20th century. However after closer inspection, we discover that our expectations have been surreptitiously subverted. The products of considerable research and conceptual rigour, Goldchain’s photographs are self-portraits:… Read More

Still Water

Multimedia and photographic artist Andrew Wright creates a particular kind of imagery that both identifies and challenges conventional uses and understandings of photographic practice. In Still Water, his new photo-sculptural series, he continues his interest in probing the way in which imaging… Read More

The Drunken Bride, Russia Unveiled

The Drunken Bride, Russia Unveiled, a series of photographs captured during the last three years by Donald Weber, reveals the enduring tragedy that has resulted from Stalinist-era corrective labour camps known as Gulag. At the time of the Russian Revolution in 1917, approximately… Read More

Salt and Earth

Jonathan Taggart’s Salt and Earth (2008) offers an impressionistic portrait of Whole Village, a contemporary farming cooperative whose biodynamic practices offer an alternative to dominant agribusiness models. Revolutionary in their “off the grid” objectives, communal farms such as Whole Village rely on… Read More

Lament

Alison Rossiter has worked with the materials and processes of light-sensitive, gelatin silver-based photography since 1970. Her exhibition Lament pays homage to the disappearing materials of analogue photography, as the global shift from photochemical processing gives rise to digitization. Rossiter’s luminous images… Read More

Give Peace a Chance

In June 1969, Gerry Deiter was assigned by LIFE magazine to photograph John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s eight-day Bed-In For Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal – a protest against America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. In celebration of the Bed-In’s… Read More

Retail

Susan Dobson’s recent body of work, Retail (2008) continues her exploration of architecture and land use in the suburban landscape. In this work, she examines the makeshift nature of retail architecture and consumer culture’s dependence on the automobile. The series of large, colour… Read More

Iran Revisited

Sanaz Mazinani’s colour diptychs and marquee photographs explore the physical landscape and human faces of contemporary Iran, her country of origin. Each image contains its own narrative qualities and together they create a complex portrait of the country. The recent history of Iran… Read More

Sommes-nous? Tendance Floue

The French collective Tendance Floue (literally meaning “fuzzy tendency”) offers a new approach to photojournalism. Sommes-nous? (Are We?) is the last in a trilogy of innovative publications that they produced, which freed photography from any obligation to generate meaning by removing images from their… Read More

Family Album

Tim Roda’s photographs combine private memory with invented history to construct a broken narrative about personal identity and intergenerational relations. This work draws upon his eccentric upbringing in a working class immigrant family, as well as his present day family. Roda creates rich tableaux… Read More

Confabulation / Shanghai Dragon

In Confabulation, Toni Hafkenscheid fabricates a suite of fantasized childhood memories to replace his less than idyllic real life recollections. The artist is engaged with the way that family snapshots function as a repository for memory and how a viewer might reconstruct the past… Read More

Gun Control

When Toronto photographer, Steven James Brown, unearthed a handful of disabled guns in a blacksmith’s shop in Nova Scotia, he was struck by how they resembled a work of art instead of a collection of threatening artillery. The photographs featured in Gun Control are… Read More

Photo Narratives: Remembering the 20th Century

A day of victory, a massive change in the landscape of warfare, the assassination of a President and a civil rights activist, a journey into outer space – each of these events, and more, marked the 20th century in ways which were inconceivable at the… Read More

Magnum Workshop Exhibition

Three Scotiabank Scholarships have been awarded to Canadian photography students to attend the Magnum Workshop at CONTACT. Magnum photographers will select one participant of outstanding achievement from the Workshop to receive a Scotiabank Prize of $5,000. The Scotiabank Prize will be presented on May… Read More

EMPTY LOTS / ANIKORA-SEIFUKU

The highly constructed images of Ryoko Suzuki’s series Anikora-Seifuku depict popular, life-like Japanese dolls, akin to Barbie dolls, with the artist’s face superimposed. The effect is an uncanny critique of the “appropriate” social roles traditionally designated for women living in Japan. Reminiscent of… Read More

Normal Work

From 1855 to 1902, Hannah Cullwicks photographed self-portraits engaged in domestic labour. Cleaning floors, blistered hands and shining shoes are the focus. Cullwicks’ fascination with household work and servitude was directly connected to her sexuality. In her letters and self-portraits she expressed her… Read More

100 Stories About My Grandmother

Toronto-based artist Peter Kingstone works with video and photography, often experimenting with narrative to explore ideas of personal history and the intangible nature of truth. Premiering during CONTACT is Kingstone’s new documentary, 100 Stories About My Grandmother, is a four-channel video installation weaving together… Read More

A New City / Here

A New City illustrates Angela Del Buono’s fascination with how geographical spaces are defined through personal memories and experiences. Del Buono grew up in the suburb of Bramalea, Ontario; a residential in-between space that is neither rural nor urban. A New City looks at urban… Read More

I am Elvis

I Am Elvis is a collection of intimate portraits featuring impersonators who attended the Collingwood Elvis Festival in 2007. These portraits are a telling study of the faces of those who live to embody a larger-than-life figure, “the King” – one of the most popular… Read More

PORTFOLIO REVIEWS EXHIBITION

CONTACT will present an exhibition of the best work seen during the two day reviews in a new, state-of-the-art exhibition space at Red Bull 381 Projects. Specially selected by each of the participating reviewers, the exhibition will allow our audience to go behind-the-scenes and witness… Read More

Drawn from Memory

Evan Lee’s recent black and white images were photographed in a near documentary style. While some of the works are documentary depictions, others are more or less created from real events. Shot over the past few years, Lee has moved away from the photographic experiments… Read More

The Entire City Project

Michael Awad’s ongoing work, The Entire City Project, consists of interpretive photographic portraits of the urban environments he encounters. This exhibition features images of familiar and foreign places: his daily route through the neighbourhood of Little Italy in Toronto, the architectural wonders of La… Read More

Silent Warriors

In Silent Warriors, Eric Klemm recalls the photographic tradition of American photographer Edward Curtis, whose pictorialist aesthetic created a romanticized ethnography of North American Indians and constructed a cultural memory rooted in sentiment. For this series, Klemm traveled through Canada and the United States,… Read More

Aufhebung

Robert Mapplethorpe once said, “I wait for that magical moment, then I take the picture.” Nearly 20 years after his death, Mapplethorpe’s artistic legacy is still celebrated for the way he effortlessly combined the timelessness of classical form with cutting edge subjects. This contradictory… Read More

Parking on Personal Webcams

Parking on Personal Webcams is Cheryl Sourke’s body of photographic images and time-based works that examine how once private behaviour is repositioned through the internet. With the emergence of recent technology the boundaries between the public and private spheres have shifted. Increasingly the web… Read More

The Uchronie Fragments

Osheen Harruthoonyan incorporates remnants of found and personal history; he cuts away, bleaches, erases, layers and employs various darkroom techniques to create his series The Uchronie Fragments. Representational and abstract elements illustrate variable states of place, time, existence and memory. These states are… Read More

The Gaza Strip: When Brothers Fight

Dominic Nahr’s photographs are a disturbing testimony of what happens when hope breaks down and a community loses sight of its common aims in a deadly struggle for control between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas factions. After decades of conflict with Israel, the Gaza that… Read More

Dream City of America

The archeological battlefields at Louisbourg – the great port city of New France on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – are amongst the best preserved 18th century siege landscapes in the world. Dream City of America is a series of large handprinted black and white… Read More

Don’t Mess with the Pediment

Jeff Thomas’s work Drive-by will be held at University of Toronto and Don’t Mess with the Pediment will be shown at the Stephen Bulger Gallery. Thomas is well known for his studies of “indianness,” in which he investigates the legacy of the kneeling brave figure… Read More

Contamination

“Maggs’s serial works promote internal comparisons, whether studious or meditative; they occupy the mind and refresh it. A book … that we should normally apprehend diachronically is represented synchronically, resulting in a first impression of complexity and mutability in which we are invited to… Read More

Srebrenica: The Absence

“To make photographs, you must believe in an invisible world.” – Ilkka Uimonen In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb military, under general Ratko Mladic, staged a takeover of the Bosnian Muslim safe haven of Srebrenica. Five days later, it was the site of the worst… Read More

Accumulated Histories / Disturbance

Jenna Edwards’ series Accumulated Histories represents eclectic collections of photographs that have been kept impenetrable and anonymous. By denying viewers the pleasure of engaging with the memories that permeate these pictures, attention is drawn to their physical presence and photography’s quality as a tangible,… Read More

The Celebrity Persona: The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University

The Celebrity Persona explores the notion of the constructed portrait using photographs from Ryerson’s Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection. The digitally reproduced photographs in the exhibition speak to the concept of the constructed nature of photographic portrayal while paying particular attention to the staged celebrity persona, as… Read More

Paris VU: Visions of the City

La Tour Eiffel; l’Arc de Triomphe; les Champs-Élysées. Paris is often characterized by romance and splendour but la villelumière is truly an assemblage of contradictions. It is touristy, historic, fallible, fashionable, beautiful and chaotic. Paris is as much the sum total of its monuments as it is made immeasurable by… Read More

A Life Of Errors

Malaise, deceit, perpetual tug-of-war – they are all parts of a vigorous marriage. Or so we infer from the recent work of Sheila and Nick Pye, a married couple of six years whose collaborative output often explores the psychological minefield of committed relations. In their film installation A Life of… Read More

Mama Ahoy

Mama Ahoy is a series of photographs by German artist Stephan Reusse alluding to an approach towards the state of drunkenness. Intoxication impairs mental faculties and creates a loss of orientation with reality. It is a journey into a desire in which the destination, as well as the (deserted) place… Read More

Cityworks

Berlin-based Ingo Gerken’s first Canadian solo exhibition features Cityworks, photographs capturing urban surroundings with key moments of direct intervention in the picture. A subversive space is created (within the artist’s reach) where both photographic and urban surfaces appear perforated. By logging into the perspective space, Gerken plays with borders between model-like and monumental, action and sculpture, photography and painting, everyday and art-historical, private view and public… Read More

Evan Penny

Evan Penny, known internationally for his hyperrealist sculptures, here presents the first solo show in Toronto of his photographic works. Penny’s photography straddles the line between documentation and fictive scene. They are photographs of his sculptures, which in turn are 3-D meditations on photography. Penny’s No One – In Particular… Read More

New Works

Unease, discomfort, and,occasionally, outright fear are the main currents of the theatrically staged photographs that comprise Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s best known work. Their new photographs deal with similar themes, employing digital and theatrical staging techniques. Melding players and objects from studio sets with “characters” and “backdrops” from the uneasy,… Read More

Shadow Chamber

Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950 and has spent the last thirty years in South Africa. Beginning by documenting the small dorps or villages of rural South Africa, Roger Ballen’s photography moved on in the late 1980s to focus on their inhabitants. By the mid-1990s his principal… Read More

Freedom 35

Exploring issues of trauma, iconicity and agency, Oleh Sirant’s work straddles the divide between painting and photography. His digital images printed on canvas present highly stylized figurative narratives. The series Freedom 35 deals specifically with issues of national identity through the use of easily accessible and iconic cultural signifiers. Read More

Against the Wall – Contemporary Chinese Artists

Corkin Gallery presents photography and video from two generations of Chinese artists born during and just after the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976). The meticulously staged, lush photographs of Wang Qingsong, the stunning and epic performance pieces by Zheng Lianjie which use the Great Wall as iconic backdrop, the stop-action films incorporating… Read More

Labyrinth

Maleonn’s theatrical and painterly photographic world cannot be completely classified. He turns to aesthetic expressionism “to demonstrate the labyrinth of our spirits,” preferring his work “to be the same as my spiritual world: complex and profound, kind and wicked, naïve and cruel, suspicious and trustful, painful and happy, all existing… Read More

Surface/Postcards from Vietnam

Liza Nguyen’s work explores representation, memory and aesthetics that question how the past is created, discussed and remembered. Nguyen’s practice also actively engages issues of how to create links between aesthetics and ethics. Souvenirs of Vietnam exemplifies this way of working as it commemorates, in a very particular way, the… Read More

Selling Venus / Vénus au miroir

Throughout her practice, Winnipeg-based artist Dominique Rey has been focused on issues surrounding female identity and sexuality. She is particularly fascinated with the moment a woman’s gaze is self-directed even as she prepares herself for the scrutiny of others. By exploring this process of self-reflective looking, Rey reverses, displaces and… Read More

Rising

Photography is among the most common forms of visual media in contemporary society, with photographic artists constantly having to rise above past methods to intrigue viewers. Rising features 12 emerging artists who go beyond what is available to their lenses to construct imaginative, dream-sourced images. As young people struggling with the… Read More

Personae

Interested in the process of transformation, Dalpé collaborates with his subjects to express different facets of their personalities. Through this partnership, he is able to coax out identities that lay just below the surface, blurring the boundaries of who is real and who is not, producing family portraits derived from… Read More

WorkSpace

WorkSpace is a commissioned exhibition of photo portraits of working people by Berlin artist Martin Weinhold in dialogue with industrial landscape photography by Toronto artist Jesse Boles. Both artists offer carefully composed series of images that convey meaning through multifaceted relationships created between individual photographs of their respective series and… Read More

Sur(reality)

Sur(reality)’s photographers work in vastly different styles, yet echo each other in their definitive lack of pure coincidence; their art reveals laborious, ingenious processes. Poland’s Patrycja Orzechowska is a dreamer and performer who explores vision, subconsciousness, mystery, space and the mind. The Cabinet collects her private experiences, producing images of… Read More

Split Links: Composite Images

Manuela Martines’ constructed works in Split Links bridge the distant, moving and transverse poles of integration and disparity. Combinations of photography, painting and collage highlight connections and differences between Martines’ source images, many of which were taken during worldwide travels. A further dimension of meaning is invoked by Martines’ inclusion of… Read More

Displacements & Relocation: Recent Photographs

Montreal artist Isabelle Hayeur has developed a distinctive photographic practice since the late 1990s, using digital tools to cast a penetrating eye on the urban (and suburban) landscapes we take for granted. It is not always a pretty picture. Some images document mechanically produced mountainscapes, backdrops for tract housing developments… Read More

Studies in Landscape and Wardrobe

Studies in Landscape and Wardrobe is a collection of new works by Karin Bubas that emphasizes her continuing integration of human form and psychology into compositions. Bubas’ new images are large-scale C-prints measuring five feet by five feet. Although they are framed, they are devoid of glass. The removal of… Read More

José Manuel Ballester

This is the first Canadian exhibition of Spanis artist José Manuel Ballester. Ballester creates large-scale photographs of interior architectural spaces, often eerily uninhabited and of an industrial or institutional anonymity. Many of his photographs celebrate the awesome structural spectacles found in convention centres, factories and museums – latticeworks of steel… Read More

just until

The saguaro cactus has long been synonymous with the deserts of the American west and a symbol of rugged endurance in a harsh environment. The most anthropomorphic of plants, the saguaro’s majestic verticality soars against the horizon-to-horizon sweep of desert scrub. Denniston’s cacti, their trunks and limbs cradled and braced,… Read More

The Sea of Ending Pt. 1

In the first part of the Sea of Ending trilogy, Toronto artist Daniel Ehrenworth presents a suite of inkjet prints that depict an imagining of the passage from life to death. Unlike conventional representations of dying, especially the clean, simplistic, and somewhat clinical “light at the end of a tunnel,”… Read More

Portraits of Decadence

Joshua Jensen-Nagle’s work is driven by the artist’s perceptions of and reactions to cultural phenomena, particularly, in Portraits of Decadence, themes of degradation. In past works, this theme has been evidenced in intimately titled images of washed out rural, industrial and urban landscapes, images where either the air or the… Read More

Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright is a multidisciplinary artist who has been photographing subjects at night for the past seven years. Wright works towards a particular imagery that both identifies and challenges conventional understandings of photographic practice. He creates images that sit on the edge of possibility – ones that are rife with realistic plenitudes while being full of the potential energy of their collapse. Read More

The Galapagos Project
Landmarks of Industrial Britain

Like her critically acclaimed Tree Planting series, Sarah Anne Johnson’s new work, The Galapagos Project, explores the landscape between utopian ideals and the reality of human existence. These new works were taken during two trips while she lived and worked with other volunteers in an agricultural rehabilitation mission on the Galapagos… Read More

Landmarks of Industrial Britain

In Landmarks of Industrial Britain, Carl Zimmerman photographs his fabrications of impossible structures that represent ruins of the British Empire. Zimmerman’s work begins by constructing scale models of monumental neoclassical public buildings that, when photographed, appear to represent real architecture. Although he portrays structures that are seemingly factual at first… Read More

Double Take

Sara Angelucci’s Double Take follows the narrative of identical twin sisters recounting their traumatic witnessing (at the age of five) of a family member’s death. The single-channel video appears similar to a stereographic image: a woman, simply dressed with her brown hair pulled back, sits before a burgundy background, seemingly… Read More

Little Legs

Little Legs presents certain truths unearthed by photography’s capabilities to explore the virtual, to explore things often hidden. It is in small ruptures – a gesture, a texture or an absurd moment – that one can connect to something very real and yet often manifest only in these fictions. The… Read More

Narrating Desire
Speaking Through Water
The Farm Family Project

Narrating Desire examines basic human needs and presents charged, intimate moments. Whether reconstructed out of icy letters, fabricated through performance, fictionalized into memory or idealized through mementos, what compels such desire is also what compels these five photographers. Curated by Jennifer Long. Inspired by a dream, Nathalie Latham uttered words… Read More

Animal Kingdom / Wish
Immigration Series
The Mechanics of the Medium

Artist and writer Julia Dault grasps at the the past and projects hope for the future in two recent series of photographs. Jennifer Long’s Immigration Series is a constructed embrace performed for public consumption. In The Mechanics of the Medium, seven artists explore the process by which moving images are… Read More

The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University: Highlights

This exhibition features digital reproductions of significant photographs in the famed Black Star Collection, and is indicative of the breadth and scope of its holdings. The photographs cover a range of subjects including major international political and cultural figures, the history of conflict from… Read More

Un Etat des lieux

In 1992, Bruno Rosier found twenty-five prints dated from 1937 to 1953 in a flea market, showing the same person posing alone in front of famous landmarks all over the world. This discovery was the starting point for a photographic odyssey that was also… Read More

Datascapes

Award-winning Barcelona-based photographer Fontcuberta presents two new bodies of digital work. In Googlegrams, mosaics of culturally charged images are created from smaller, conceptually related snapshots culled via Google image searches. Penny-sized portraits of the richest men and women in the… Read More

Inconsolable Memories

Acclaimed Vancouver artist Stan Douglas examines distinctive aspects of Cuban culture in Inconsolable Memories, a film installation accompanied by photographs. Douglas’s photographs depict Havana’s re-purposed spaces: former villas turned into schools, a church made into a concert hall and a beach resort… Read More

Toni Hafkenscheid

Toronto-based Hafkenscheid explores the surreal quality of famed tourist destinations. Although his photographs depict actual landscapes, they create, through use of in-camera focus and exposure techniques, the illusion of model train sets or architectural maquettes. Transforming monuments of social weight into delicate, intricate… Read More

Howard Simkins

Each of Howard Simkins’s pieces is a travelogue – composites of pattern and place collected during Simkins’s local walks, although they are not immediately recognizable. However, they are genuine place-images of global culture, markers for thoughts, meetings and readings in various locales. Simkins deconstructs… Read More

A Collected View

A Collected View showcases the work of some of Canada’s foremost visual artists whose images address aspects of Toronto’s social and political development, its evolving landscape, and individuals who have made valuable contributions to the city. These photographs speak candidly of our… Read More

Sambo 70 / American Icons

Anastasia Khoroshilova, born in 1978 in Moscow, belongs to the new generation of artists from “post-diaspora” Russia. Educated and living abroad, they see themselves as part of the international scene, not as emigrants. Khoroshilova’s acclaimed series Islanders documents a Russia inaccessible to… Read More

AFTER ALWAYS BEFORE

John Oswald continues to represent the human figure in situations where movies don’t move and photographs are rarely still. An exhibition of new work at the Edward Day Gallery coincides with Oswald’s installation of trompe l’oeil images in three transit shelters at… Read More

Magnetic

Matei Glass was born in Montreal, the son of Jewish refugees from Romania, Holocaust survivors whose support for Israel “could not be other than unquestioning.” Both his photographic travel journal The Other in Palestine and his video Magnetic Identities form parts of… Read More

Urban Fiction

Xing Danwen looks at globalization and the homogenization of the urban landscape through her series of monumental photographs Urban Fiction. Xing’s images of architectural structures are photographed from corporate maquettes created to promote real-estate developments being planned in China today. Read More

Carte Blanche – Selected Photographers from the Book

Drawing from the more than 200 photographers featured in Carte Blanche, a groundbreaking book on Canada’s best photographers as selected by a jury of renowned arts professionals, this exhibition shows how Canadian photographers experience cultures around the world – and how they… Read More

Urban Deconstructions

Berlin artists Alekos Hofstetter and Holger Lippmann join Toronto architects Paul Raff and David Warne to examine the deconstruction of urban architecture, opening new perspectives on the functionality and aesthetics of architecture within time and geography. Co-curated with journalist John Bentley Mays,… Read More

Imaging a Global Culture

CONTACT and Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. present Imaging a Global Culture at the HP Gallery, featuring a constantly evolving selection of images taken by photography enthusiasts from across Canada. On April 1, HP and CONTACT launched a contest inviting all photographers, from beginners to… Read More

Nicolas Baier

Nicolas Baier trained as a painter but soon seized the potential of digital photography to produce an equally satisfying formal vocabulary of inventions and transformations. As critic Olivier Asselin has noted, Baier uses the computer as a studio, engaging a historical dynamic that encompasses painting, analog photography and digital imaging. In this regard, Baier works within the virtual world that defines the global movement… Read More

David Barker Maltby

Panel discussion: Photography and Homelessness. Participants will include photographers Patti Gower, Goran Petkovski and Ryan Carter, and former Tent City residents Boni and Marty Lang. May 3 at 7pm in the Music Room, Hart House, U of T. David Barker Maltby’s photographs illustrate… Read More

Unembedded

Unembedded is an intimate look at the war in Iraq by independent photojournalists Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, Kael Alford, Thorne Anderson and Rita Leistner. Working outside the U.S. military’s official “embedding” program, their unflinching look at war-ravaged Iraq shows a life that is brutal… Read More

Prize Winning Photographs

A diverse collection of images reflecting 15 years of rigorous, often playful, always calculated photography, this exhibition reflects Gergley’s own preoccupation with documenting urbanization as it really is. Following in the tradition of topographical photographers such as Watkins, Atget and Adams, Gergley’s… Read More

The Entire City Project 2006

Toronto artist and architect Michael Awad uses custom built photographic equipment, custom software and techniques adapted from military aerial reconnaissance photography to create unique images of the urban experience. The Entire City Project, initially focused on Toronto for more than… Read More

Lynne Cohen

Compiled from work spanning 1971 to 2005, Lynne Cohen’s latest book, Camouflage, depicts a world where exteriors – the world beyond architecture – hardly exists. Her works reflect the homogenization of interior space regardless of exterior location. Highlighting a selection of… Read More

Vimy Ridge, 2005

The First World War brought together millions of soldiers from every part of the world to fight and die on the Western Front, many believing that their sacrifice would cure the world of barbarism. The capture of the strategic Vimy Ridge by… Read More

Imagining Places – The Destruction of Space

Imagining Places investigates ways in which people create notions of distant places. The images synthesize various sources, including old maps, satellite and reconnaissance data, with photographs taken by the artist in the Middle East and North Africa through the composite layering of… Read More

Ship Wreckers

According to local legend, shipwrecking activities at Chittagong Beach, Bangladesh, began after a ship ran aground in the early 1960s. Since then, it’s become one of the biggest shipwrecking centres in the world, a resting place for the massive steel husks of international commercial trade. Read More

Uniforms

“We know that people are formed by the light and air, by their inherited traits, and their actions. We can tell from appearance the work someone does or does not do; we can read in his face whether he is happy or troubled.” – August… Read More

Apparitions

“Apparition” can refer to the appearance of something ghostly, unexpected or unusual, an apt description of Dianne Bos’ pinhole camera images. A darkened, almost-sealed box, the pinhole camera seems to magically absorb physical space, thereby changing it. Bos mediates the complexities of… Read More

GALLERY DU JOUR AGNÉS B. PRESENTS SEYDOU KEÏTA & MALICK SIDIBÉ

Seydou Keïta changed his studio backdrop every few years, making it somewhat easier to date the 30,000 negatives he amassed as a portrait photographer in Mali in the late 1940s through to 1962. Working during the “dawn of decolonization,” he was later appointed Mali’s… Read More

Sweet Immortality

The exhibition of approximately 40 works surveys Clark’s early photographs, Streeters & Interiors, the impulse for the documentary in Travel Panoramas: Japan-China, the GIO series, and his highly lauded exhibition, Articles of Faith, inspired by found objects and unusual articles. In this work Clark’s… Read More

Don Newlands 1960’s Canada: A Nostalgic Glimpse

Don Newlands is one of Canada’s photographic grand masters, a peripatetic documentarian whose work defined photojournalism in the 1960’s. Assigned by major magazines, Newlands regularly crisscrossed the country in a succession of high performance cars, acutely aware of the changing social landscape around him… Read More

Instruments of Faith: Toronto’s First Synagogues

Robert Burley explores six downtown Toronto synagogues that were established in the early part of the 20th century and remain active today. These buildings served as cultural hubs for a vibrant Jewish community that shaped the Kensington Market neighbourhood and surrounding areas. Constructed by… Read More

I Know You Louise Booth & Missing Mass

Missing Mass takes the situation of the “tragedy” as its focus and then strips away the context of the narrative to produce a series of fragmented floating signifiers. Composed of three related sets of images, sharing a similar formal style and presentation, they interrogate relationships… Read More