In Fall 2016, a collaboration was formed through faculty members Mary-Ann Kennedy (Napier University), Jennifer Long (OCAD University), Katherine Parhar (Napier University) and Clare Samuel (Ryerson & OCAD University). With a focus on research and creating networks to explore current trends in feminist photography, we began piloting projects in Edinburgh and Toronto with the goal of sharing information and providing opportunities for art creation and dialogue The  Gender & The Lens exhibition in OCAD U’s Ada Slaight Student Gallery was  the first Toronto presentation of this network.  As part of our network project, within  this exhibition, we are showcasing the slideshow  When The Light Shifts, an exhibition by WILDFIRES: Women Photographers Network in Scotland which is currently on display at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

In May 2017, we begin our first collaborative project, Create & Converse.  This research hub will be an online platform dedicated to artworks and dialogue by lens-based artists exploring themes related to feminism.  Keep posted for more exciting news!

Installation shot from Gender & The Lens at OCAD University’s Ada Slaight Student Gallery. Front monitor: WILDFIRES: Women Photographers Network in Scotland, WHEN THE LIGHT SHIFTS Back wall by Ava Cochrane (OCAD U) and Alia Youssef (Ryerson University)

Installation shot from Gender & The Lens at OCAD University’s Ada Slaight Student Gallery. Front monitor: WILDFIRES: Women Photographers Network in Scotland, WHEN THE LIGHT SHIFTS Back wall by Ava Cochrane (OCAD U) and Alia Youssef (Ryerson University)

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