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MYTORONTO Photography Exhibit

MYTORONTO is a photography contest and calendar project for individuals with lived experience of poverty and homelessness. The initiative is inspired by MyLondon, which was started by a UK-based social enterprise called Café Art, and then expanded to various cities around the world. This is the second year of the MYTORONTO Program presented by Ve’ahavta, a Jewish humanitarian agency serving marginalized individuals, in partnership with various community organizations. Funds for the program were raised by Ve’ahavta through the sponsorship of calendar pages and individual donations, as well as a crowdfunding campaign.

Creative skills workshops were facilitated for people with lived experience of poverty and homelessness at The 519 community centre. On May 10, a camera distribution day was held at The Ryerson School of Image Arts. One hundred and eleven participants were given 35mm single-use cameras, donated by Fujifilm. The participants were invited to capture what #STRENGTH meant to them in the City of Toronto and what inspired them. Ninety-three cameras were returned for processing and approximately 2,600
photographs were printed featuring shots of nature, architecture, Toronto iconography, living spaces, objects, animals, celebrations, street corners and people. The pictures illustrate the strength, beauty and joy that exist alongside the challenges associated with poverty and homelessness.

A jury of eight individuals with backgrounds in professional photography, community services, the arts, social servivces and homeless advocacy selected the 40 exhibit photos on display at Artscape Youngplace 2nd floor gallery. Thirteen of these have been chosen for the 2019 calendar and greeting cards, which will be sold on the streets and various venues by participants of the MYTORONTO Vendor Training program. Half of the vendor sales goes to the participants while the other half funds the program.

For more information visit
mytorontocalendar.com

Opening Reception – EXPOSING LIMINALITIES

EXPOSING LIMINALITIES

Opening Reception Saturday, August 11th from 2–4 pm

On View August 11-26, 2018

Gallery HoursThursday–Sunday from 12-5 pm through August 26th

Featuring Azaeb AdaneClayton BatsonEli CarmonaTahoy Jamesand Ebti Nabag
Curated by
 Emma German

 

In partnership with Gallery 44, EXPOSING LIMINALITIES brings together the work of five artists that expand, challenge, and question notions of the in-between. Employing elements of both analogue and digital photography practices, this exhibition considers the myriad intersections that can define oneself.

Liminality holds flexible meanings: it encompasses the transitional stage of a process, and the act of occupying a position at or on both sides of a boundary or threshold. Reflecting on liminality as a critical discourse, these artists probe places and contexts that are immediate yet deeply personal – embodying and responding to conditions that approximate liminal space through investigative means. Different states of being are examined through the eyes of these artists: between what was once home and what is now home; between disparate temporal and spatial coordinates; between boundaries, borders, or margins; between success and failure; between the visible and the unseen; and between liberation and restraint. By drawing on moments that are overlooked with deep criticality and inquisitive gaze, the artists featured in Exposing Liminalities aim to bridge the gaps between us. Together, the artists carve out a new space for inquiry, where the liminal becomes the limitless.

The artists featured in this exhibition are alumni from Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, and winners and honourable mentions of the David Barker Maltby Award. All of the work was shot on 35 mm film and developed in Gallery 44’s darkroom and digital printing facilities.

 

Image: Eli Carmona, I can see the light, from the series “.~This is home now” (2018). Image courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition – 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 emotional connection. This body of work, compiled together for the first time, showcases his journey home as an outsider, examining this foreign land.

Dear Ayeeyo is intended as a tribute to the photographer’s grandmother. Osman endeavours to draw the viewer into his personal experience of coming to this country—in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, a severe drought, and futile violence—and illuminates its resilient human spirit. His images contest the misconceptions of the media’s destructive images. Osman fosters trust and camaraderie with his subjects, actively engaging with them to create portraits that reflect their strength and perseverance.

 

Website: yescene.com

Instagram: instagram.com/yescene

Twitter: twitter.com/yescene

Opening Reception: Career Launcher 2018

Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher 2018

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD U is pleased to present a photography exhibition of the recipients of the 2018 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher. Congratulations to those who have been selected!

This exhibition will be held on the 2nd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents recent work by the artists:

Patrick Corrigan:        patrick-corrigan.format.com

Abigail Holt:               abigail-holt.format.com

Michelle Homonylo:  michellehomonylo.com

Qirou Yang:                 kiyoyang.ca

 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Exhibition Dates: June 26th – July 26th, 2018

Location: Artscape Youngplace, 2rd Floor Hallway Gallery. 180 Shaw Street, Toronto ON

#OneWithHer

#OneWithHer is a mixed media exhibition intended to explore the complex multi-layered oppression that Christian women face on account of their gender, religion and socio-economic status. #OneWithHer will tell the stories of persecuted women worldwide through photography, video, paintings and photoblogs while also highlighting their incredible determination, faith and resilience.

Nuit Rose 2018 Opening Night

NUIT ROSE is back for its fifth festival with the theme UNBOUND. This year, NUIT ROSE returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Musical and DJ performances will activate our FREE opening night. Come for the art and stay for the party.

Opening Night: Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Exhibition: June 13th – June 23rd

#NUITROSETO

Nuit Rose 2018 Group Exhibition

NUIT ROSE is back for its fifth festival with the theme UNBOUND. This year, NUIT ROSE returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture.

Exhibition: June 13th – June 23rd, 1st 2nd and 3rd floor hallway galleries.

#NUITROSETO

www.nuitrose.ca

Opening Reception – Mindset 2018: Exposure

Mindset 2018: Exposure

Workman Arts

Opening Reception: Wednesday May 23 | 7:00-9:00PM

Exhibition runs from May 20-June 9, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm

Workman Arts presents MINDSET 2018 : EXPOSURE. Artists respond to the theme of EXPOSURE from the standpoint of its formative effects/affects, whether from the point of view of having been exposed to external factors or influences, or assertively self-disclosing, exposing, and bringing to light.

Curated by Claudette Abrams
Juried by David Hlynsky & P Elaine Sharpe
Contact Photography Festival – Mindset 2018: Exposure

Mindset 2018: Exposure

Workman Arts

May 20-June 9, 2018

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 9pm | Opening Reception: Wednesday May 23 | 7:00-9:00PM

Workman Arts presents MINDSET 2018 : EXPOSURE. Artists respond to the theme of EXPOSURE from the standpoint of its formative effects/affects, whether from the point of view of having been exposed to external factors or influences, or assertively self-disclosing, exposing, and bringing to light.

Curated by Claudette Abrams
Juried by David Hlynsky & P Elaine Sharpe
Opening Reception & Curator’s Talk: FORWARD FACING

FORWARD FACING

Opening Reception & Curator’s Talk: April 21, 2018 | 2-4 PM | FREE

Exhibition Hours: April 5 – June 3, 2018 | Critical Distance Centre for Curators (Suite 302)

Gallery Hours: Thursday–Sunday from 12–5 pm (except statutory holidays) and by appointment. Information to plan your visit or get in touch can be found here.

Critical Distance and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective present FORWARD FACING, curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn). Forward Facing examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary).

Indigenous peoples from across 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. Utilizing the device of the mask, the artists in Forward Facing provoke and question how the face – or the absence of it – creates a powerful commentary on contemporary Indigenous culture.

Bike Tube Flogger-Making Workshop with Dayna Danger: April 22 from 2-4 pm at Project Studio.

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