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Ryerson Image Centre‎ | Exhibitions Opening Party

Ryerson Image Centre | ‎Exhibitions Opening Party

Join us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibitions:

Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz

Annie MacDonell: Holding Still // Holding Together

Locrin Stewart: Timed Decay


With more than 70 works spanning the 1980s to the present day, Scotiabank Photography Award: Angela Grauerholz surveys this celebrated Canadian artist. Grauerholz’s work is full of intimate moments that reveal the passage of time. She is interested in the persistence yet unreliability of cultural memory — in her words, “a kind of amnesia, a vague recollection of something that can be conjured up, triggered by an event or site, but remains blurred.” Presented by Scotiabank, this exhibition is organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. 

As Robert Bean, professor, curator, and jury member of the Scotiabank Photography Award has written: “The work of Angela Grauerholz is evocative and thoughtful. The strange beauty of her photographs invites the viewer to reflect on the depth of meaning that the ubiquitous presence of photographs may convey.”

Annie MacDonell: Holding Still // Holding Together originates in images of political resistance gathered by the artist from the RIC’s Black Star Collection and other sources. Working with choreographer Ame Henderson and six contemporary dancers, MacDonell studied and dissected these scenes of passive resistance in order to reproduce them using performance and video. At times deceptively peaceful, the photographs express a struggle and imbalance between the police officers and the limp bodies of protestors being forced to move. Despite the variety of circumstances, political situations and historical moments documented, these images demonstrate a clear continuity in the distorted postures of dissidents as they are taken down. A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Locrin Stewart: Timed Decay
The photochemical arts all touch on aspects of time and space. Regardless of the method of photographic capture, the subject matter, or reasoning behind the image, the dialogue between time and the space of the photograph is one of the medium’s defining features. Timed Decay directly addresses the inevitable and ongoing progression of these elements through a series of analogue, black and white fiber-based prints using an unstable developer.

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