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Month: July 2016 (page 1 of 2)

Allison Morris: Vogue Italia

Congrats to Photo Alumni, Allison Morris on another feature in Vogue Italia!

allison morris

BIO:  Allison Morris is an emerging fine art photographer living and working in the Greater Toronto Area. She has exhibited in Toronto, Ontario and Florence, Italy. Allison has recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and spent her third year of study abroad as part of OCAD University’s Off-Campus Florence program in Italy.

Allison Morris

Allison Morris

Allison’s artistic practice explores themes of female representation, the construction of femininity, beauty, youth, identity, and performance from a feminist perspective. She uses self-portraiture as a tool with which she can control her images and challenge the male gaze by consciously performing for the camera and herself.

Opportunities: Apply Now!

Residency in Nepal: July 25th Deadline

Photo Kathmandu is very pleased to invite 6 artists to Nepal for a period of 4 weeks to come together and explore intersections between photography, sound, video, writing, performance, poetry and other mediums. The festival encourages artists to experiment, collaborate and respond to each other and the historic city of Patan. Artists will live together in Patan, and work with the residency curator Mabubur Rahman (Bangladesh) to create a site-specific body of work that will be included in the main exhibition program of Photo Kathmandu 2016.

Artists will be provided shared accommodation in Patan and a daily meal stipend. They will be provided a shared work space and a production budget for the final site-specific installation. Artists are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Kathmandu and arrive by 19th September. Residency accommodation will be provided until 28th October which is the end of the main programming week of the festival.


Outdoor Arts Festival in Florence – Deadline July 31, 2016

Creative People in Florence and Crazy Dames are organizing a unique one-evening outdoor arts festival and are looking for participants to respond to the theme of ‘place making.’ We welcome proposals form artists and performers to share temporary public works or lead workshops connected to community building and art in public spaces. Works can speak to ideas connected to social or personal engagement with place – making one’s imprint or finding one’s footing in new environments, highlighting individual’s connections to specific sites, looking at how communities and physical spaces are built or developed, etc.

There are no fees to apply or participate, however participating artists will be required to cover all costs associated with the presentation of their work. Therefore, we suggest applying with ideas for works that take this into consideration, by sharing works in progress, documentation of previous or ongoing projects, or DIY community engagement activities.

Keep in mind that this is an outdoor garden with no walls or structures for hanging/installing. Some equipment for live performances and screening of multimedia work can be supported.

Interested individuals or groups are asked to write a proposal of maximum 250 words outlining the work they would like to share or create, and up to 3 images of relevant work with descriptions.
Application deadline: July 31st, 2016
Send all applications or questions to: thecrazydames@gmail.com
Please indicate if you are will be in Florence on the date of the exhibition.

Crazy Dames is a reclamation and an ode to Jane Jacobs, the seminal urban theorist who was often dismissed as a ‘crazy dame’ by male counterparts. We use the artist’s studio as an experimental lab to test Jacobs’ ‘crazy’ ideas – her focus on people and her tradition of fostering tactical and collaborative approaches to citybuilding. As a collaboration between Jennie Suddick, a visual artist/educator, and Sara Udow, an urban/community/cultural planner, we develop creative, and experiential spaces aimed at generating conversations and new ideas about how we design, interact and play in our cities.

Patch: Deadline Aug 1, 2016 (Toronto Specific Call)

Millions of feet of construction hoarding (the plywood that surrounds construction sites) line our city’s streets – this could be your next canvas.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to exhibit existing or newly commissioned artwork. Apply to be a PATCH Artist today!

Fake Geek Girls Like Us: TONIGHT



This exhibition brings together art works that look at pop culture and nerd culture through a variety of feminist lenses. Working in various disciplines, artists explore gender representation in comic books, video games, movies and different forms of media. While some pieces are critical of the ways in which we consume pop culture, others celebrate characters or representations with whom the artists identify. Fake Geek Girls Like Us aims to create a community space in which people who are made to feel unwelcome in geek culture because of their gender feel safe expressing themselves and sharing their artwork.

There will be a merch table full of zines, stickers, prints and other amazing things for sale.

Poetry and acoustic performances will start at 9pm. PWYC.

Featuring artwork by: 23kg50lb, Alison Postma, Anna Campbell, Brianna Hoy, Caitlynn Fairbarns, Carly Whitmore, Christine Shepherd, Couture by May, Dana McCool, Deena Pagillero, Emily Adams, Emily Norry, Emma Arkell, Jay Chau, Joanna Yetter, Kelsey Whyte, Ketzia Kobrah, Lenox Daley, Mariah Ramsawakh, Martine Romero, Matt Tribe, Morgan Sears Williams, Okay Collective, Roha, Shanna Van Maurik & Sophie Paas-Lang

Performances by: Robyn Matuto, Rachel Chiong, Amy Hurst & Taylor Murray.

Poster by Sophie Paas-Lang


Hidden Publication Launch: TONIGHT


Photo by Katelyn Gallucci

Hidden is the first publication presented by 23kg50lb artist collective. This limited edition book features a selection of photographic portraits by thirty-eight artists. The work was produced as a collaborative effort between Toronto based and international artists. Hidden explores the contemporary nature of the self-portrait. Artists challenge the tradition of exhibiting their face as the main component of the photographic portrait, gaining control of representation.

Hidden Publication Launch – Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 6:30pm
The Open Gallery, OCAD University
49 McCaul St, Toronto

23kg50lb Collective – 2350collective.com
23kg50lb is a collective of photographic artists practicing around the world, producing collaborative artworks, publications, and exhibitions that bring together the cultures and ideas of its members and their communities. The Collective’s intent is to foster rewarding local and international partnerships that help bridge together emerging artists with a global platform. The members of 23kg50lb met within an international arts collaboration course through OCAD University in Toronto, TAMK University in Finland, CAU in Korea, and BTK University in Germany. Intent on continuing the project of global collaborative approaches to making artworks, the members founded 23kg50lb.

Featuring Artists:
Sebastian Benitez (Canada)
Petar Boskovic (Canada)
Jazmine V K Carr (Canada)
David Caterini (Canada)
Joanne Chung (Canada)
Giselle Mira Diaz (Canada)
Naoise Dunne (Canada)
Danya Ensing (United States)
Sardar Farrokhi (Canada)
Júlia Félix (Brazil)
Shanon Fujioka (Canada)
Katelyn Gallucci (Canada)
Nilou Ghaemi (Canada)
Eve Heino (Finland)
Niina Kiiveri (Finland)
Tuomas Koskialho (Finland)
Merituuli Laatu (Finland)
Anna-Elina Lahti (Finland)
Anne Lehtelä (Finland)
Laura Lehtinen (Finland)
Abigail Lomboy (Canada)
Sofia Matus & Juan Adán Arzate Hoyos (Mexico)
Hyungjo Moon (South Korea)
Anu Mustonen (Finland)
Pat Nav (Canada)
Heidi Persaud (Canada)
Sanni Saari (Finland)
Felipe Sarmiento (Canada)
Chinar Shah & Sun Photo Studio (India)
Farihah Aliyah Shah (Canada)
Niko Skorpio (Finland)
Anna Snyder (Canada)
Elsa Trzaska (Finland)
Christopher Van Doorn (Canada)
Nick Vo (Canada)
Kumiko Wakabayashi (Japan)
Anni Waris (Canada)

In addition to the physical publication launch, there will also be performances from local electronic artists Precipitation and OS/MOS.

Precipitation is the brainchild of Zefan Sramek.  He has been making electronic music using modern and vintage hardware and software since early 2011.

OS/MOS is the collaborative efforts of Sid Tangerine and Brian Pierce. As OS/MOS, they explore not only the traditional sounds and performances of a modern alternative rock band, they also push the limits of sound art and the concepts of being musicians in the digital age.

Cash Bar & food will be provided



Heike Reuse: Rouge Park Resident Photographer

Congrats to  2016 Photo Grad, Heike Reuse on landing her dream job photographing wildlife in Rouge Park!  Check her out on CBC’s  Metro Morning!

Rouge Park resident photographer, Heike Reuse.

Rouge Park resident photographer, Heike Reuse.

As the Park’s first  resident photographer, Heike will spend the summer on the park’s trails, documenting its landscapes, wildlife and the visitors who come to escape the city just beyond its borders.

You can read more about the Heike’s residency experience in this feature by the Metro.

BIO: Heike Reuse is a Canadian-based landscape and wildlife photographer, with a curiosity for urban exploration. After receiving a BFA in photography at OCAD University, Heike has been pursuing a photography contract with Parks Canada. As an artist, Heike is fascinated by wildlife and the idea of nature as an unstoppable force. She predominantly shoots landscapes, many echoing a theme of industrial abandonment or exploration and rediscovery of forgotten spaces. For Heike photography is not solely about the image, but also the thrill of adventure and exploration of the natural world.

Morgan Sears Williams

Check out 3rd Year Photo Major, Morgan Sears Williams featured on theBUZZ Community Gallery!

Morgan Sears Williams

Morgan Sears Williams

BIO:  Morgan is a Canadian-born visual artist currently working and living in Toronto, and attending OCAD University. Her art practice explores and is influenced by feminist and queer movements, contemporary and intersectional feminist art practices and archiving, and interpersonal communication. Experimenting through zines, artist books, and lens-based works, She explores interpersonal relationships, queerness and erasure, online sexual harassment and violence, and disability. Storytelling is a common tread in her work, where she is a facilitator rather than a narrator, focusing on the voices of the individuals in my work who can speak to their personal experience.

Morgan Sears Williams, Queer Enough Series.

Morgan Sears Williams, Queer Enough Series.

You can see more of Morgan’s work at morgansearswilliams.com and on Instagram @morgansearswilliams.

Melissa General: Terraforming

Congrats to Photo Alumni Melissa General on her upcoming exhibition:


July 6th- August 25th 2016

South Asian Visual Arts Centre,

401 Richmond St. W. Suite 450


 Melissa General, Reclamation, 2014, Digital Video, Running Time 6:27

Melissa General, Reclamation, 2014, Digital Video, Running Time 6:27

Featuring artists Melissa General, Kristina Guison, Trudy Erin Elmore, Anna Eyler, and Safiya Randera, this exhibition encounters Nature as a medium for creating options in relation to the established socio-economic order. From the physical movement of bodies from one place to another, through the regenerative qualities of fire and water; to expanded virtual landscapes and digital subjects; these artists engage with the elements of nature to alter, transfer, move, and reorganize established social systems or prescribed modes of thinking and acting. In resisting the naturalization of socio-political hegemonies, these works find in the earth the tools to rethink our histories and futures.


Bio : Melissa General is from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of OCAD University and completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at York University. Working in photography, installation and video, concepts involving memory, history, land and her Indigenous identity have been a focus in her practice. Her work has been exhibited at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Gallery 101, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and has been included in the 2016 Contemporary Native Art Biennial in Montreal.


Exhibition details here: http://www.savac.net/terraforming/

Measured Time: April Hickox, Kotama Bouabane & Alex Kisilevich

April Hickox. "Variations (Grey)," 2016. Video still. Image courtesy of the artist.

April Hickox. “Variations (Grey),” 2016. Video still. Image courtesy of the artist.

Measured Time

Harbour front Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

June 25 – September 18, 2016


Exhibition featuring: Mark Bell, Kotama Bouabane, Jamie Campbell, Martha Eleen, Eric Glavin, Maggie Groat, April Hickox, Alex Kisilevich

Curated by Patrick Macaulay.


Kotama Bouabane

Arrow is an appropriated image taken from the 1980 October Issue of National Geographic’s magazine that focused on bamboo. The image is printed on Hahnemühle bamboo-fibre paper and the arrow is cut out to highlight how images are constructed in relation to representation, materiality and commerce. The National Geographic brand of black sand fabricates the natural and creates an illusion of another environment that is foreign and unfamiliar.

– Kotama Bouabane

Kotama Bouabane. "Arrow" (detail), 2016. Digital print on bamboo paper & National Geographic Black Sand. Image courtesy of artist.

Kotama Bouabane. “Arrow” (detail), 2016. Digital print on bamboo paper & National Geographic Black Sand. Image courtesy of artist.

Kotama Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts (Photography) from Concordia University, Montreal and an AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), Parisian Laundry (Montreal), Gallery 44 (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Erin Stump Projects.




April Hickox

Variations (Grey) is parts to a series of videos and stills that renew my exploration of the object through photography. This work begins to question issues of value, providence, and authorship. In particular, Variations will reflect on the construction, symbolism and nature of a still life built by the contemporary artist. I have been working initially with the objects available through the drawing and painting prop cupboard at OCADU University. This well worn resource includes white cones and spheres and other common objects that are chosen for their texture and form for the purpose of students learning traditional drawing and painting skills. (Grey) is one of six films and part of the series of work entitled, Primaries.

Thanks go to Alexa Hickox and Ray Salaber.

– April Hickox

April Hickox is a Canadian lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Hickox’s work is based in narratives, with a broad range of approaches to subject, with an affinity to landscape, encompassing history, memory, and site. She has produced work in various media including photography, film, video and installation. Supported by all levels of funding throughout her career she has exhibited nationally and internationally. An active community leader, the founding director of Gallery 44 Center For Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio, and Artscape. Notable exhibitions include the, Harbourfrount Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Maclaren Art Centre, The Oakville Galleries, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.



Alex Kisilevich

My work frequently reconfigures everyday objects to produce new and often absurd meaning. Playfully blending medium and materiality, my practice both alludes to and incorporates photography, sculpture, painting and the moving image.

In Under Padding, I arrange varying types of carpet under padding together (a material used often in my photographs), to encompass the surface of this vitrine. The painterly quality of the material is interrupted by each successive pad, as the piece becomes an immersive installation.

– Alex Kisilevich

Alex Kisilevich. "Under Padding," 2016. Urethane foam, rubber. Image courtesy of the artist.

Alex Kisilevich. “Under Padding,” 2016. Urethane foam, rubber. Image courtesy of the artist.

 Alex Kisilevich is an artist living and working in Toronto. His work has been featured in publications such as Magenta Foundation’s Flash ForwardBlackFlash Magazine and Canadian Art. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including a recent exhibition at Louis B James Gallery in New York.


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