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Photography Collection: Women in Focus, 1920s–1940s

“The photographer is a witness. The witness of her era.”—Germaine Krull, 1930 The years between the two world wars signalled a new era for women in Europe and North America. During this period, women enacted profound socio-cultural changes and gained new freedoms (in some cases the right to… Read More

Arnait Ikajurtigiit: Women Helping Each Other

Arnait Video Productions is a dynamic collective of women filmmakers from the Arctic whose films speak directly to the lives of its Inuit and non-Inuit members. The sheer endurance required to realize these video documents testifies to the importance of Arnait’s collaboration and the value of its work. Read More

Configurations

Configurations is a two-person exhibition that brings the parallel practices of Mike Hoolboom and Jorge Lozano into dialogue. Both are prolific and pioneering Canadian video artists who celebrate an impure cinema. Their works are being shown together for the first time in a gallery for several reasons, not least of which is to create an opportunity for unlikely juxtapositions, to produce an open field of reading for their viewers. Read More

Future Memories

The last 15 years have brought exponential change to almost every facet of life in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Fuelled by unprecedented economic growth, the city is home to some of the fastest-growing urbanization in the world; with this, however, has come large-scale displacement and the loss… Read More

Working Spaces | Civic Settings: Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana

Architectural historian Indra Kagis McEwen has explained the mythical, almost underground reputation of the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1875 – 1957) in this way: “The difficulty critics have with this immensely prolific architect of the first half of the 20th century is his unorthodoxy; his consistent failure to conform… Read More

Developing Historical Negatives

Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn’s work is presented with the support of The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Developing Historical Negatives examines the strategies artists use to harness the affective dimensions of the colonial photographic archive. Probing histories of migration and assimilation, and stories of resistance, fugitivity,… Read More

Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation

Annette Mangaard’s Water Fall: A Cinematic Installation spotlights water as both an environmental and conceptual issue. The Toronto-based documentary filmmaker/artist transforms natural phenomena such as glacial rivers, icebergs, and ocean floors into large-scale installations that immerse the viewer in her water worlds. Using footage sourced from a glacier in… Read More

WarCraft

Informed by extended research and scholarship, the video and sound installations of Nevet Yitzhak combine archival, photographic, and found materials transformed through digital animation, editing, and sound treatment. With a critical examination of complex geopolitical concerns and the fraught relationships between global powers and the Middle East, Yitzhak’s practice… Read More

Distant Early Warning

Canadian photographer and filmmaker Louie Palu is a leading voice in contemporary photography, documenting socio-political issues such as war, the violation of human rights, and the abuses of power in Canada and abroad, most notably in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, and Ukraine. Palu made his first trip to the Arctic… Read More

Plural Dreams of Social Life

Plural Dreams of Social Life marks the first exhibition in North America by Franco-British filmmaker Beatrice Gibson. Its title derives from Bernadette Mayer’s The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), written during and in response to the gestation of Mayer’s third pregnancy. Her book is comprised… Read More

The New Generation Photography Award

The New Generation Photography Award recognizes outstanding photographic imagery by three emerging Canadian lens-based artists, age 30 and under. The 2019 award winners—Luther Konadu (Winnipeg), Ethan Murphy (Toronto), and Zinnia Naqvi (Montreal)—each receive a $10,000 prize and group exhibitions in the CONTACT Festival and at the Canadian Photography Institute… Read More

The Audible Language of Flowers

The Audible Language of Flowers presents 30 lush images created through innovations in digital technologies. Over the past several years, Toronto-based artist T.M. Glass has developed a signature style of image-making to create striking large-scale photographs and sculptures of flowers in vessels. Dramatically lit and set against black backgrounds… Read More

Idea Projects

Idea Projects is a product of the Ontario Science Centre’s partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, which provides three-month studio residencies to selected artists exploring science and technology through art. This exhibition brings together five of the resulting projects, all made in 2019, which engage science through… Read More

Suspended Time

An hourglass is a vessel consisting of two glass orbs stacked one atop the other and connected by a narrow passage through which grains of sand flow. One of the earliest timekeeping devices, the hourglass was rendered largely obsolete by the invention of the mechanical clock. Nevertheless, it endures… Read More

As Immense as the Sky

As Immense as the Sky is a photographic series of performative self-portraits set in specific landscapes across Canada where the Ottawa-based artist Meryl McMaster examines the overlapping cultures and histories—public and private, familial and non-familial—of both her Indigenous and European ancestors. Here, McMaster speaks to her position in this… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey

Born in Toronto and based in New York, Moyra Davey is the recipient of the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award—the largest peer-reviewed photographic art award in Canada, recognizing an established artist working in the medium. Davey is renowned internationally for her multimedia practice examining interiority and disclosure, and the intersection… Read More

It is now here that I have gathered and measured yes.

Often working with staged objects and performative actions across disciplines, Scarborough-based artist Erika DeFreitas’ new body of work explores intuitive processes and their representation as extended ways of knowing. Influenced by 19th- and early-20th-century spirit and occult photography, It is now here that I have gathered and measured yes. Read More

Heave

This is a story within a story, how to enter this history, what to show, what to say, what to feel. It is a creation myth—how things came to be as they are.—Carrie Mae Weems, Constructing History (2008) Carrie Mae Weems testifies, without equivocation, to how violence is an ongoing… Read More

The Photobook Lab

The Photobook Lab brings together three projects of which books are the central subject: The Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Book Exhibition; the Toronto Photobook Library reading room, consisting of a curated selection of photobooks; and work by the 2018 Burtynksy Grant recipient, artist Birthe Piontek. This eclectic gathering of… Read More

The Loudspeaker and the Tower

Through an immersive environment constructed of coloured lights, megaphones, masks, videos, photographic images, and sculptures, Toronto- and Cairo-based designer, artist, and architect Manar Moursi presents a multitude of considerations to the viewer: What if singular patriarchal voices of religious sermons were interpreted through mime and dance? How would neon… Read More

The Castle

Richard Mosse’s series, The Castle, is a meticulous documentation of refugee camps and staging sites along mass migration routes into the European Union from the Middle East and Central Asia. To create each “heat map,” Mosse employs a military-grade thermal video camera that can detect human body heat from a… Read More

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s work celebrates—and reframes—vernacular cultural forms as they have manifested through time; as popular traditions become pop culture, for instance. Through photography and film, the artists examine a space in between, where cultural forms of the past adapt in response to changing economic conditions—particularly… Read More

Radicalia

Piero Martinello travelled across his home country of Italy in search of “outsider” men and women who embrace radical choices. The resulting project, Radicalia, comprises five sections that each connote a different kind of radical—including nuns, criminals, ravers, saints, and town fools—captured through portraits in a range of photographic formats,… Read More

Arcades

The 21st century has seen a dramatic shift in the way that architecture is experienced. Advancements in technology have enabled architectural representation to visualize the built environment through the lens of the virtual, generating digital renderings that depict both proposed and already-built structures as future projections. Through her new site-specific… Read More

…Everything Remains Raw: Photographing Toronto’s Hip Hop Culture from Analogue to Digital

Image increasingly rules the realm of shaping, sometimes becoming, often contaminating, knowledge. Provoking language or eclipsing it, an image can determine not only what we know and feel but also what we believe is worth knowing… — Toni Morrison …Everything Remains Raw draws on the work… Read More

A History of Misogyny Chapter Two: On Rape

A critical examination of the prejudices and misconceptions that perpetuate sexual violence Read More

The Double Room

Evoking the daydream languor of inner experiences and an enigmatic, parallel world Read More

Acts of Erasure

Interrogating perceptions of cultural identity, indigeneity, and the notion of the nation-state Read More

A Field Guide to Ideology

A parodic and critical take on internet culture as a complex space of hyperconnectivity Read More

Fable for Tomorrow

In this first survey exhibition of work by the late Wendy Coburn (1963 – 2015), Fable for Tomorrow examines the breadth of her practice as an artist who demonstrated tremendous facility with sculpture, installation, photography, and video. The exhibition’s title draws from a sculpture of the same name, comprised of… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award: Stephen Waddell

This survey exhibition celebrates the career of 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award winner Stephen Waddell, renowned for his urban scenes made in Canada and Europe. It highlights the Vancouver-based artist’s experiments with various photographic techniques and processes, and brings into focus his careful attention to scale and light. Waddell’s elegiac images—colour… Read More

The Natalie Brettschneider Archive

In her ongoing project, The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, Vancouver artist Carol Sawyer assembles a fiction as truthfully as possible to tell a needed story. Convincingly manufactured photographs and documentary materials imagine the life and work of a genre-blurring, avant-garde artist leaving a fragmentary imprint through Modernism’s exclusionary narrative. The archive… Read More

Photographs, 1956 – 1971

Please visit ago.ca for visitor guidelines. “I would like to photograph everybody.” —Diane Arbus, 1960 In 15 short years, from 1956 to 1971, American photographer Diane Arbus (1923 – 71) produced one of the most compelling and demanding bodies of work in portraiture in the 20th century. Read More

Documents, 1960s – 1970s

An international perspective on documentary practices during a period of profound change Read More

Dawoud Bey, John Edmonds, Wardell Milan

Three generations of African American artists consider how photographs continue to shape Black experiences Read More

Alone in the House (Still Life with Clarice Lispector)

It wasn’t until she tried reading Clarice Lispector for the second time that the author’s work really resonated with Edmonton-based artist Elisabeth Belliveau. Lispector was a Brazilian avant-garde short story writer and novelist, who began writing in the 1940s. In her narratives, which centre around the lives of women, time… Read More

Absence/Presence: Morant Bay

A selection of works from this exhibition can be seen outdoors on the fence outside of the gallery until Oct 4.  In celebration of its 10th anniversary, BAND Gallery welcomes back Jamaican-Canadian photographer Christina Leslie with her exhibition Absence/Presence: Morant Bay, a decade after the gallery first showed her work… Read More

Forest On Location

Highlighting landscape as a socially constructed and highly politicized entity Read More

Mirage

Prefix ICA presents Mirage, a solo exhibition of the work of Toronto-based artist Lyla Rye. Throughout the gallery, Rye uses still and moving images to offer a nuanced vision that allows viewers to contemplate the influence of architecture and how it impacts living in the world. The exhibition actively engages… Read More

Performing Lives

Featuring recent video works, Performing Lives boldly bridges the supposed gap between documentary and entertainment, information and spectacle, fact and fiction. Making references to and borrowing methods from television, film, dance, and music, these videos represent various social and cultural groups, through the use of strategies that venture beyond the… Read More

Bureau of Aesthetics

You must book your visit to Mercer Union in advance here. Mercer Union presents the first Canadian exhibition of Native Art Department International (NADI), a long-term collaborative project created and administered by Toronto-based artists Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield. While Hupfield and Lujan have respective artistic practices,… Read More

Performing Change

Performing Change is a survey of lens-based work, participatory performance, and installations made over the last decade by Trinidadian-born, Toronto-based artist Natalie Wood. Positioned across two venues, Wood’s work reflects on the fugitive and the imaginary as forms of resistance to colonialism and slavery’s afterlife. It counters heteronormativity by presenting… Read More

BAD STARS

BAD STARS is a new body of work and discursive programming series by London, Ontario-based artist Christina Battle, whose research investigates the limits of disaster. Battle regards disaster as more than a singular event and instead as a framework operating within larger systems of power. The root of the… Read More

The Family Camera: Missing Chapters

The Family Camera invites viewers to think about the complexity of family photographs. Functioning not only as images, family photographs are also objects that are created, held, shared, moved, abandoned, or lost. They are personal; however, they are also part of a larger, shared cultural practice. Family photographs are seemingly… Read More

Photography Collection 1840s to 1880s

The photography collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) reflects the medium’s artistic, historical, and social impact. It includes not only canonical photographs by well-known figures in the field, but also a broad range of photographic objects highlighting the medium’s key role in visual culture. The collection has grown… Read More

It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment

On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Art Museum presents an exhibition that challenges basic assumptions about Canada’s relationship to nature. Richly narrated through archival and documentary materials as well as artists’ photographic works, the exhibition provides a case study of the contrast between romantic ideas of nature and… Read More

Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s-1990s

Toronto in the 1970s and 1980s evokes memories of reggae star Peter Tosh appearing at the O’Keefe Centre, Caribana as a giant block party on University Avenue, large Africa Liberation Day marches taking over downtown streets, Bathurst and Bloor as “the Caribbean area,” and growing tensions between the Black community and… Read More

a shape to your shadow

The meticulous acquisition of objects, the recasting of belongings across time and localities, and the premeditated display of artifacts are all common museum practices—they also comprise some of the impulses guiding Celia Perrin Sidarous’ work. Both entities orchestrate the production of exhibitions, and reference complex histories through mise en scène. Read More

What does one do with such a clairvoyant image?

What does one do with such a clairvoyant image? is a group exhibition presented across two venues—Gallery 44 and Trinity Square—that explores questions of sovereignty, nationhood, and identity through strategies of speculative fiction and alternative histories of land and landscape. These artists ask how images might produce resistance to power… Read More

Habitat

The centrepiece of Luis Jacob’s exhibition Habitat is Album XIV, the newest iteration in a series begun almost two decades ago. Each of Jacob’s unique Album works consists of hundreds of images physically cut out from various books and magazines, which are then arranged in small groupings within laminated sheets,… Read More

Coastal

Hailing from the Scottish Highlands and living in Canada for more than ten years, Johan Hallberg-Campbell travels to explore communities and what it means to belong. In 2009, while visiting family in Scalpay, a small fishing community in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, he lamented the dying tradition of his… Read More

An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto’s Natural Parklands

It has been argued that society’s relationship to nature was redefined by the Industrial Revolution that took hold in 19th-century Europe. As the masses moved from farmland to factory, their lives were no longer shaped by the rhythms of the natural world, yet their desire for the countryside persisted. Crowded… Read More

His and Other Stories

Assuming the multiple roles of artistic director, photographer, and performer, 2Fik stages elaborate tableaux that often re-enact familiar compositions derived from famous paintings. Toying with reality, his constructed images destabilize the viewer’s assumed points of reference, playfully orchestrating scenes that comment thoughtfully on current society. Born in Paris to a… Read More

Size Matters

Toronto-based artists Steve Driscoll and Finn O’Hara met on matters of size. Driscoll felt that his robust landscape paintings, which use urethane to deploy pigments across vast plastic panels, were lacking any sense of scale when appearing as reproductions in print or online. He asked O’Hara to photograph his work,… Read More

Newfoundlandings

One of Canada’s most renowned contemporary artists, Michael Snow is also one of its most prolific. Although perhaps best known as a film, video, and photographic artist—particularly for Wavelength (1967) and La Région Centrale (1971)—he is accomplished in diverse media, including music (performance and composition), painting, drawing, and sculpture. Always… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award

Suzy Lake is always working. She makes things and she makes things happen. This is more than a description of her work ethic, although she is quick to proudly reference the values of her Prussian heritage and her working-class upbringing in Detroit. Her practice is as physically laborious as it… Read More

As Yet Untitled

Max Dean’s robotic installation As Yet Untitled (1992–1995) speaks to the artist’s recurrent interest in technology combined with everyday objects. Recently restored by the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Conservation Department, As Yet Untitled places the choice of archiving or tearing up found family photographs under the authority of gallery visitors. Read More

Souvenir

Souvenir presents four films addressing Indigenous identity and representation through reworked material from the National Film Board of Canada’s archives. Using various forms of montage, intercutting, and juxtaposition, contemporary Indigenous artists Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Jeff Barnaby, and Michelle Latimer have a shared interest in exploring and deconstructing cinematic stereotypes… Read More

Right Now

Modernity appears, in accounts dating as early as the 19th century, as the escalating “annihilation of space by time.” Following technology’s increased efficiency, the circulation of capital, objects, and people seemed to transcend the once unshakeable limitations of distance, gravity, and even materiality itself. From our contemporary vantage point of rapid-fire… Read More

A City Transformed: Images of Istanbul Then and Now

The city now known as Istanbul, Turkey’s largest and most vibrant metropolis, has for centuries been a major cultural and economic hub. Under its many guises—first as Byzantium, then Constantinople, and finally Kostantiniyye or Istanbul as the Ottoman capital—this place has witnessed a succession of empires, the migration of peoples,… Read More

Hypnagogia

He is outstretched on a bed, his body framed by the pallor of sheets and surrounded by the darkness of night. Overlaid with shadows and city lights that glimmer like stars, he is shrouded by a dreamlike world. Alec Soth’s self-portrait mirrors his enduring interest in sleep and beds as… Read More

Object Relations

In 1989, German artist Thomas Ruff began the series Sterne (Stars, 1989 – 1992). Combining his interests in astronomy and photography, Ruff acquired negatives from the European Southern Observatory and enlarged sections of them to produce large-scale photographs, suggesting the vastness of the night sky. This marked the first time that Ruff… Read More

Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s – 1980s

“Nothing is the same as they said it was. It’s what I’ve never seen before that I recognize.” — Diane Arbus, 1972 Outsiders highlights the groundbreaking work of a select group of photographers and filmmakers who put forward new views of the American social landscape from the 1950s to the 1980s—a… Read More

What We Lose in Metrics

A popular colloquialism is that one “can’t see the forest for the trees.” And yet, can we even see a tree for what it is? “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way,” William… Read More

Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections

Presented in both galleries that comprise the new Art Museum, Counterpoints gathers more than 100 images from over 20 private collections, revealing a remarkable breadth and depth of interest in photography in this city. The exhibition has evolved through the generosity of passionately committed collectors who granted the removal of… Read More

Public Exposures: The Art-Activism of Condé + Beveridge (1976-2016)

For more than 40 years, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge have constructed images that illuminate the contest between private interests and collective needs in the workplace, communities, and the environment. Public Exposures, a grassroots initiative that grew out of the artist-run and activist communities they have worked within for decades,… Read More

Ever Young

Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. His long career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving toward independence from colonial rule, and London becoming a… Read More

Bottom of the Lake

Bottom of the Lake is an elusive exploration of New York artist Christian Patterson’s hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Less interested in a conventional portrait of his youth than using the subject to consider ways of looking and understanding, Patterson takes a semiotic approach to delve into ideas of… Read More

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow

We’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow is a new body of work by Kotama Bouabane that examines the relationship between object and image through an experimental ethnographic approach. Taking its title from the Beach Boys’ 1988 song “Kokomo,” which describes a lush fictional island off the… Read More

Isla Santa Maria 3D

The films of Toronto artist Oliver Husain consistently play with cinematic languages and visual codes. Drawing from theatre, dance, puppetry, and animation, with unique costume and set sensibilities, Husain employs his seductive tactics in ways that both absorb and shock viewers into an awareness of their role as spectators within… Read More

some landings/certains débarquements

As a discipline and tool for observation, photography occupies a place in both the sciences and art. In turn, photo-documentary practice is predicated upon a kind of inductivism, one reliant upon acquiring knowledge through detailed observation. Landscape has always been an important genre and subject matter for this process. To… Read More

Over a Distance Between One and Many

The practice of Vancouver artist Raymond Boisjoly has consistently gravitated to photographic means of emphasizing the act of transmission. Through an ongoing strategy that foregrounds the misuse of common imaging technologies, he generates abstractions of source images that subvert photography’s frequently performed role of commemorating the finite. Boisjoly’s accentuation of… Read More

Field Trip

Field Trip: Sarah Anne Johnson is composed of works from the Winnipeg-based artist’s latest series of photographs, inspired by the social climate of outdoor music festivals. A rite of passage for Johnson during adolescence, as it is for many others, the festival exposed her to an immersive, pleasure-seeking lifestyle. In… Read More

Mother of This Domain

One could say I am the mother of the Internet 
in Yugoslavia, the mother of this domain. — Borka Jerman Blažič Borka Jerman Blažič, a professor at the University of Ljubljana, was one of two women computer scientists who were integral to the inception and growth of the Internet in… Read More

Corin Sworn

For her first museum exhibition in Ontario, Glasgow-based, Toronto-raised artist Corin Sworn brings together two works that focus on perception, chance, and the unstable, transformative nature of the visual and material world. Staged at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, the exhibition draws on the unique character of this former residence… Read More

Jack of All Trades

Renaissance man, gifted amateur, jack of all trades—these are the personas adopted by Canadian artist Rodney Graham within an artistic practice that has spanned more than 40 years. Graham’s characterization of himself as a dilettante belies the fact that, as a writer, musician, painter, filmmaker, and photographer, as well as… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award

Angela Grauerholz is a Canadian photographer creating imaginary spaces, glimpses of interiors (either public or private), and ethereal rural and urban landscapes. Grauerholz’s subjective vision is contemplative, presenting intimate moments that reveal the passage of time. With their out-of-focus quality, her photographs appear as an autobiographical stream of consciousness, which… Read More

Holding Still // Holding Together

Annie MacDonell is a visual artist working with photography, film, installation, and live performance. Her work draws attention to how still and moving images are used and misused, how they are circulated and appropriated, and how they are staged in galleries, cinemas, and beyond. In this newly commissioned, site-specific exhibition… Read More

Cutline: The Photography Archives of The Globe and Mail

Despite the pronouncements of their imminent demise, newspapers stubbornly resist printing their own obituary. The urban delight of sitting in a café tussling with the myriad sections of a weekend edition persists. City commuters grab abandoned papers on vacated seats in the long, slow, subway haul, tunnelling beneath the Wi-Fi… Read More

Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross

Memory Unearthed features the photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910-1991), one of the official Lodz ghetto photographers. From 1940 to 1944, Ross took work-permit identification card photos for the ghetto's ever increasing Jewish population consolidated into Lodz ghetto by the Nazi regime. He also took “official” images, promoting the… Read More

Beaux Gestes

The work of Yto Barrada addresses the complex geopolitical relationship between Morocco and Europe, emphasizing its often adverse social, psychological, and economic effects on Morocco’s citizenry while foregrounding the people’s resourcefulness and ingenuity. Combining documentary strategies with a metaphoric approach to imagery, she has created a compelling body of work… Read More

Watchers, Seekers, Keepers

In the more than 50 years since he first picked up a camera, Vanley Burke’s iconic images of 1970s black Britain have become so ubiquitous that they often replace the memories of those who were there and become the archetype for those who were not. The turbulent 80s cannot be pictured without… Read More

Dalston Anatomy

When Venetian-born artist Lorenzo Vitturi moved to Dalston, East London, he explored in his usual manner, searching for vibrancy and excitement. He found what he was looking for in Ridley Road Market. One of London’s oldest street markets, in recent years it has become a point of convergence for Nigerian, Caribbean,… Read More

La Mirada en el Otro: Conexiones/Confrontaciones

Over the last 60 years, Spain has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis, from post-civil war hardship and the transition to democracy, to prosperity within the European Union. This group exhibition is a veritable palette of the diverse range of approaches adopted by photographers working in this region throughout these decades. Extending… Read More

Makeshift

Makeshift ventures inside the studio and sites of production, turning outward these layered spaces of making. Brea Souders and Maegan Hill-Carroll call upon studio vestiges and the remnants of personal archives in much of their ongoing photographic experiments. In her series Unexpected Light, Hill-Carroll constructs the byproducts of her practice into compositions… Read More

Episode of the Sea

The film Episode of the Sea is the outcome of a two-year collaboration with the fishing community of Urk, a former island in the Netherlands. In the previous century, the Dutch closed off and drained their inland sea to reclaim new arable land. The island of Urk, situated in mid sea, suddenly… Read More

Beaux Gestes

The work of Yto Barrada addresses the complex geopolitical relationship between Morocco and Europe, emphasizing its often adverse social, psychological, and economic effects on Morocco’s citizenry while foregrounding the people’s resourcefulness and ingenuity. Combining documentary strategies with a metaphoric approach to imagery, she has created a compelling body of work… Read More

Generations

This exhibition presents the photo-based work of contemporary artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, whose recent body of work focuses on the family photograph. For Matthew, the family photograph is an object filled with emotional and psychological energy. It is also a productive site from which to explore the larger dynamics of… Read More

Canada By Rail and By Sea

Canada By Rail and By Sea (2007–2011) presents a selection from two series of elegiac landscapes by acclaimed Canadian artist Scott Conarroe. Capturing vast stretches of North America, Conarroe travelled the continent to systematically document railways, ports, coastlines, and their immediate environments with a contemporary, clear-eyed romanticism. Seen together, the… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award

  Mark Ruwedel (b. 1954, American, Canadian citizen) has become one of Canada’s most respected landscape photographers during a career spanning three decades. Working primarily in the western territories of the United States and Canada, Ruwedel documents traces and imprints of human activity on the earth. He describes the process… Read More

Broken Steps and Haunted Screens
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Presented in two separate but interrelated parts, this exhibition explores the widths and depths of vernacular photography. Since the beginnings of photography, the camera has been used in service of a wide range of scientific pursuits, including medicine, physics, forensics, criminology, and botany. It has brought the news of the… Read More

Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs

Scott McFarland works at the point of transition between analog and digital technologies. Where analog photography is often discussed as a representation of a decisive moment, McFarland’s photographs are constructed from many images, taken at different times and under different conditions. The resulting composite images render familiar places and subjects… Read More

Portraits

Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of 20th century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he documented many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil… Read More

The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

Photographer Rob Hornstra and journalist Arnold van Bruggen have been collaborating since 2009 to document the turbulent region of Sochi, Russia. Over the course of five years and eleven visits, they practiced a form of “slow journalism” in order to delve deeply into the area’s complexities, and its remarkable transition… Read More

Light My Fire: Some Propositions about Portraits and Photography

In 1977, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) purchased its first photograph: Arnold Newman’s collage portrait of Henry Moore, a fitting complement to the recent gift of Moore’s plasters to the gallery. This purchase marked the initial focus for collecting photography at the gallery: portraits of artists. The photography holdings… Read More

Provenance Unknown

“Nabokov repeatedly tried … to cast a little light into the darkness lying on both sides of our life, and thus to illuminate our incomprehensible existence. Few subjects … preoccupied him more than the study of spirits … that our worldly doings are being observed by some other species, not… Read More

24hrs in Photography

24hrs in Photography explores our shifting relationship to photography during a hypermediated era, in which internet users are bombarded with images on a daily basis. Erik Kessels’ immersive installation of vernacular photography, originally conceived for the exhibition What’s Next at Foam (2011), reveals how the limited frame of a computer… Read More

KWE

KWE delves into the complicated and fertile relationship between Indigeneity, art, and colonization. Kwe is the Anishinaabe word for woman and is a term of respect. Rebecca Belmore’s artistic practice engages the question of what it is to be an Anishinaabe-kwe artist working today through photography, sculptures, videos, and performances. … Read More

Arctic Exposure: Photographs of Canada’s North

Canadian identity is strongly tied to the North, yet impressions of this vast, remote, and desolate place have largely been formed through the viewing of photography. Nearly two hundred years have passed since photographs of the Arctic were first taken; a history marked by considerable cultural shifts and changes in image making… Read More

Collected Shadows

Photographic archives invite us to piece together historical narrative, making sense of a time and place through the visual documents left behind. Collected Shadows provides a rare glimpse into the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC), an organization whose collection and exhibition practices challenge us to reassess the very foundations of… Read More

The Viewing of Six New Works

Over the course of his storied career, Michael Snow has developed a prolific body of work. The print-making and painting he began with in the 1950s and 60s gave way to his experiments with photography, film, video, and installation-based projects over the past four decades. One may be tempted to… Read More

Genesis

Capturing the majesty of regions not yet touched by the impact of globalization, Sebastião Salgado’s extraordinary photographs depict unspoiled landscapes, boundless wildlife, and human communities still following traditional ways of living. Genesis brings together 245 black-and-white photographs taken over the course of eight years of travel, from 2004 through 2011. Read More

Works and Days

During his long tenure as Toronto’s official photographer, Arthur S. Goss created thousands of images that capture in minute detail the Victorian city’s ambitious re-invention of itself as a 20th-century Canadian metropolis. Goss is hardly unknown to Toronto gallery-goers: his telling pictures of slum dwellings, the destitute immigrants who populated… Read More

False Fronts

The work of Steve Payne consistently engages with the idiosyncrasies of vernacular architecture, including its geographical settings and social spheres. Payne has long been drawn to architecture that speaks to the identity of a people and to the culture and history of a place, particularly that of his native Newfoundland. Read More

The Entire City Project: Royal Ontario Museum

For over a decade, Michael Awad’s practice has been focused on the ambitious pursuit of photographing every facet of the urban experience in every city. Aptly titled, The Entire City Project, its scope includes the recording of the entire physical infrastructure of Toronto. Using custom-built photographic equipment, custom software, and… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award

The work of Stan Douglas affirms the validity and volatility of photography at this decisive moment in the history of art and media. The continuous fluctuations in optical technology, the reduction of images to data, and the everyday use of photographs in social media have resulted in challenging questions regarding… Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award

Arnaud Maggs (1926 – 2012) was an artist of rigour, crystal-clear vision, humour, and a humbling sense of awe for singular moments and the connections between them. Like other great artists before him, Maggs leaves behind a wealth of artistic creation that at once challenges and adds to our understanding of the… Read More

Memory of a Certain Time

Chris Marker’s unique observations of the world left a lasting influence on how we think about the relationship between photography, cinema, and memory. Presented in conjunction with a mini-retrospective of the artist’s films and a mural installation, Memory of a Certain Time brings together selections from several distinct but related… Read More

Faces and Phases

Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases aims to address the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. This ongoing series of large-format black-and-white photographs includes more than 240 portraits, of which 36 are presented in this exhibition. As a visual activist for the rights of… Read More

Penumbra

As the exhibition title Penumbra aptly suggests, Andrew Wright creates images that investigate half-lights, zones, and procedures where the ambiguity of what we are seeing extends to an uncertainty about how the work was created, or even if we are looking at photographs at all. Using a wide range of… Read More

Through The Body: Lens-Based Works by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists

Over the past three decades, Chinese contemporary art has had a profound impact on the international art world. Yet, outside of China, this impact has been predominantly encountered through the work of male artists. Through the Body brings together the recent work of a number of Chinese women artists and… Read More

Photographs

Featuring more than 120 photographs, and a selection of books and documents never-before-shown, this is the first exhibition in Canada to cover the many facets of the American photographer, Berenice Abbott (1898 – 1991). A committed member of the avant-garde, and staunch opponent of the Pictorialist movement and the school of Alfred… Read More

Nothing Is Hidden

Scotiabank Photography Award 2011 Winner Exhibition — Proposals from the Edge With the exception of a handful of architectural exteriors dating from the early 1970s Lynne Cohen’s art has largely been confined to investigating the interiors of domestic, industrial, leisure, and educational institutions. Given our insatiable desire for variety, one… Read More

Avenue Patrice Lumumba

Avenue Patrice Lumumba by South African artist Guy Tillim, examines modern history and architecture in Africa, set against the backdrop of its colonial and post-colonial roots. These poignant photographs trace Patrice Lumumba’s nationalist legacy across numerous African countries, including Mozambique, Angola and The Democratic Republic of Congo. Patrice Lumumba was… Read More

Oil

Edward Burtynsky: Oil features fifty-three beautiful and provocative large-format photographs by internationally renowned Canadian artist Edward Burtynsky. His images explore the hotly- debated effects of oil extraction, our international dependency on the substance, and with an unflinching eye, Burtynsky presents us with the reality of oil production as its role… Read More

Illuminated Manuscripts

Marshall McLuhan was a literary and media icon of extraordinary renown. Every passing year, relentless changes in the world deepen our appreciation of the power and scope of his vision. No figure is more universally associated with our understanding of media and information, and our transformation into a digital society. Read More

Political Poetics

Suzy Lake’s rigorous and challenging approach to art-making has earned her recognition as a seminal figure in Canadian visual art. Over the past 40 years, she has captured the experience and expression of female identity within contemporary political, social, and media milieus. Widely regarded as a pioneer in body-based work,… Read More

The Mechanical Bride

The renowned Canadian theorist Marshall McLuhan applied techniques of art criticism to assess the affect of mass media upon the public in his groundbreaking book published in 1951, The Mechanical Bride. His practice of analyzing and commenting upon the persuasive strategies applied in the media of his times… Read More

Through the Vanishing Point

To reflect on the enduring influence of Marshall McLuhan and the relevance of his theories to this year’s CONTACT festival, Canadian artists Lewis Kaye and David Rokeby were commissioned to create site-specific works at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology. As the framework of the installation they drew from… Read More

The Photobook Lab

This year’s iteration of The Photobook Lab is comprised of a curated reading room focused on long-term projects and investigative journalism. It features 20 classic and contemporary titles by Canadian and international artists and photographers tackling complex subjects through research, collaboration, and innovative forms of documentation. Many titles are self-published,… Read More

Civil Disobedience

Exploring key tensions in Black male culture across space and time Read More

Is Love a Synonym for Abolition?

A collaborative project that aims to disrupt the structural silence of Black oppression Read More

Siren III

Immersing viewers in an underwater journey that references migratory rites of passage Read More

Scotiabank Photography Award

Investigating the body, the socio-political, and the spiritual within realms of Indigenous beauty Read More

Slide | Lecture

Revisiting obsolete slide collections to expose their problematic methods of representation Read More

Deployment

Experiencing the everyday challenges faced by military personnel in the Arctic Read More

We Buy Gold

LGBTQ+ artists foreground the longings and contradictions of their queer realities Read More

Jupiter in Aries, Moon in Virgo

Two video works draw from intimate familial connections to consider complex social questions Read More

Homage

Generating a new sublime from interventions into the archives of Canadian landscape painting Read More

New Generation Photography Award

Six award-winning emerging photographers convey a broad range of social and personal explorations Read More

Movers and Makers

Black diaspora artists respond to this moment of extraordinary cultural, social, political, and artistic shifts Read More

if they saw me, i would live

Portraits that forge connections to a Kenyan community and their everyday experiences Read More

The real story is what’s in that room

Addressing the problematic histories of film archives left behind by two abandoned institutions Read More

In an Archipelago

A billboard project and exhibition focus on the transitory and ephemeral aspects of narrative events Read More

The Prefix Prize

The inaugural winner of a new annual prize explores the transformative power of marine phenomena Read More