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A lone man looks at art at the opening of the summer season of exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre in 2019
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey (opening party), Ryerson Image Centre, 2019 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

People in an art gallery interacting with a touch screen
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Soon We Were on Route Again (opening night), Ryerson Image Centre, 2018 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

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CANADA NOW Artists in Conversation: Morris Lum and Kablusiak

This is the second instalment in The Image Centre's four-part series of artist talks featuring conversations between the multi-disciplinary image makers presented in CANADA NOW: New Photography Acquisitions, on view through December 3, 2022. 

In dialogue with exhibition curator Denise Birkhofer, Morris Lum and Kablusiak discuss parallel aspects of their works. With reference to their respective series Tong Yan Gaai (Chinatown) and akunnirun kuupak, Lum and Kablusiak explore notions of diaspora and how ones identity can be irrevocably and intrinsicly tied to a particular place. 

Artist Bios

Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk who creates art in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, lingerie, soapstone, Sharpie, bed sheets, felt, and words. Their work explores the dis/connections between existence in Inuit diaspora while maintaining family and community ties, the impacts of colonization on Inuit gender and sexuality expressions, as well as on health, wellbeing, and the everyday. Kablusiak holds a BFA from AUArts in Mohkinstsis, where they are currently based. Their work can be found in the collections of the Indigenous Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and Global Affairs Visual Art Collection among others.

Morris Lum is a Toronto-based Trinidadian-born photographer/artist whose work explores the hybrid nature of the Chinese-Canadian community through photography, form, and documentary practices. His work also examines the ways in which Chinese history is represented in the media and archival material. Lum’s work has been exhibited and screened across Canada and the United States.

October 19
7 pm ET

Artist Talk

Online via YouTube Premiere
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Artist and Curator in Conversation: Deanna Bowen and Crystal Mowry - CANCELED 

We regret to report that the artist has withdrawn from participation in this event, and it has been canceled. 

Canceled

Artist Talk

Online via Zoom

CANADA NOW Artists in Conversation: Alyssa Bistonath and Zachary Ayotte

This is the third instalment in The Image Centre's four-part series of artist talks featuring conversations between the multi-disciplinary image makers presented in CANADA NOW: New Photography Acquisitions, on view through December 3, 2022.

In dialogue with exhibition curator Denise Birkhofer, Alyssa Bistonath and Zachary Ayotte discuss parallel aspects of their works. While Ayotte strives to understand how we sink into our perceptions in the re-photographed and distorted images of Western U.S.A, in their series Wish U Were Here, Bistonath documents their own unique perceptions of a life removed from loved ones during the pandemic in Toronto, Canada, in their series Isolation Photographs. With reference to their respective series, the artists reflect on the visual diaries that chronicle their personal experiences of a particular time and place. 

Artist Bios

Alyssa Bistonath is a photographer and filmmaker based in Toronto. The daughter of Guyanese immigrants, she focuses on themes of memory and belonging by investigating intimacy, evidence, and the archive. Most recently, she was featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s “Art in the Spotlight” and Canadian Art online for her series Isolation Photographs. The series is on display at the AGO in the exhibition I AM HERE: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces through August 14, 2022.

Zachary Ayotte is a visual artist based in Edmonton working primarily with photography and installation. With light and form, he uses depictions of bodies and space to explore gender and sexual identity, power, distance and experiences of the unknown. A sense of otherworldliness hovers over his work. Interested in the relation that intimacy and familiarity have to disconnection and uncertainty, Ayotte allows the forces in his work to elide and collide, generating tension. This process allows him to embrace and comment on the superficiality of the photographic image, exploring it as both a manipulation of light and a mode of delivering information

November 9
7 pm ET

Artist Talk

Online via YouTube Premiere
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Public Tour: Scotiabank Photography Award: Deanna Bowen. Black Drones in the Hive

Details to be confirmed.

November 16
6:30 pm

Exhibition Tour

Main Gallery (IMC)
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CANADA NOW Artists in Conversation: JJ Levine and Kali Spitzer

This is the final instalment in The Image Centre's four-part series of artist talks featuring conversations between the multi-disciplinary image makers presented in CANADA NOW: New Photography Acquisitions, on view through December 3, 2022.

In dialogue with exhibition curator Denise Birkhofer, JJ Levine and Kali Spitzer discuss parallel aspects of their works. The artists discuss their shared mission of community representation, a central theme in both Levine's Queer Portraits series and Spitzer's An Exploration of Resilience series. While Levine sets out to contribute to visual representations of alternative, queer, and trans family structures with their staged portraits of friends, lovers and siblings in the LGBTQ+ community; Spitzer endeavours to tell the story of her own community, capturing images of primarily BIPOC, queer, femme, trans and gender non-confirming kin to challenge pre-conceived notions of race, gender and sexuality. 

Artist Bios

JJ Levine is an image-based artist living in Tiohti:áke/Montreal, known for his compelling body of work in portraiture. Represented by ELLEPHANT (Montreal), Levine’s artwork has been exhibited at museums and galleries internationally. A major retrospective of his work, JJ Levine: Queer Photographs, is currently on view at the McCord Museum (Montreal). His images have been featured in such publications as Photography and Culture, CV Photo, Esse, Slate, The Guardian Observer, and Society. Levine holds an MFA in Photography from Concordia University. In 2015, he self-published two artist books: Queer Portraits: 2006-2015 and Switch. Levine’s art practice balances a queer ethos with a strong formal aesthetic.

Kali Spitzer
Vancouver-based artist Kali Spitzer’s work embraces the stories of contemporary BIPOC, Queer, and trans bodies, creating representation that is self-determined. Spitzer’s collaborative process is informed by the desire to rewrite the visual histories of indigenous bodies beyond a colonial lens. Kaska Dena from Daylu (Lower Post, British Columbia) on her father’s side and Jewish from Transylvania, Romania, on her mother’s side, Spitzer’s heritage deeply influences her work as she focuses on cultural revitalization through her art. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions including Women: A Century of Change at the National Geographic Museum, and Larger than Memory: Contemporary Art From Indigenous North America at the Heard Museum.

November 30
7 pm ET

Artist Talk

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