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Farihah Shah at Studio Sixty Six

Farihah Shah, Untitled 1, Cityscapes III

Farihah Shah, Untitled 1, Cityscapes III

If you are in Ottawa this month, stop by Studio Sixty Six to see new work by Photo alumna Farihah Shah!

IN·HABIT | on now until  June 30
Studio Sixty Six, 66 Muriel St #202, Ottawa, ON K1S 4E1

Text by Rose Ekins, Curator

From the interior of our homes to the expanses of the planet, the spaces humans inhabit shape much of our lives, and, in turn, have been massively affected by our presence. In·habit (June 8 – June 30) explores the broad range of this topic from the dichotomy between industrialization and nature, to the various items we discard into the world, and those we can’t seem to release from our personal collections.

Joyce Crago’s work continues along the theme of the Flotsam series, wherein the artist shaped discarded refuse into elaborate and intricate still-life photographs. For In·habit Crago visited Washington, D.C. and collected discarded items from both the inauguration of President Trump and the subsequent Women’s March on Washington. While Crago’s works tell a narrative of the historical events they reference (and the current political climate in North America), they also reveal the intriguing stories that are left behind in our waste.

Marisa Gallemit tackles this theme with mixed-media sculptural work created from objects accumulated over decades of life. As the artist finds their life undergoing a massive shift, Gallemit transforms accrued and often unneeded objects (such as cowhide from family in the Philippines and old bike tube valves) into concise and measured works of art.

Kelsey McGruer incorporates traditional floral patterns into her framed collages. The artist mixes source material of various origins and texture – from old pillow fabrics to reproduction prints from second-hand stores. Reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts movement, the work references the trend of decorating the home with scenes of nature. The patterns themselves inspire a sense of nostalgia, immediately offset by their clean, contemporary presentation.

Troy Moth’s photo-based artwork from the series Nature Merchant tells the story of a future dystopian society wherein the sole remaining form of currency is nature itself. Moth’s monochromatic images of Earth’s few remaining humans are stark, telling a story that forces the viewer to consider how our present (and ultimately finite) natural environments are used for commercial profit.

The layered photographic images of Farihah Shah juxtapose urban and natural landscapes. From the series Cityscape III, Shah combines scenes of varying locations, calling to mind the intervention and destruction of nature for our urban environments, while also recognizing the statuesque beauty of man made city structures. Shah’s work is subtle – the overlapping of images invites the viewer in to discover layer under layer.

Crago, Gallemit, McGruer, Moth and Shah explore the various environments we inhabit – reflecting their (and our) ever changing natures.


REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards

Melissa General, Kehyára’s, 2013

Congratulations to Photography alumnus Melissa General and Meryl McMaster, recipients of the prestigious Reveal Indigenous Arts Awards!  Melissa and Meryl were two of the 150 artists honoured in Winnipeg last month for their artistic excellence.

Melissa General is Mohawk/Oneida from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a graduate of OCAD and completed an MFA at York University. Working in photography, installation and video, her practice focuses on concepts of memory, history, land and her Indigenous identity. Her work has been exhibited at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), Harbourfront Centre, Art Gallery of Peterborough and Gallery 44 (Toronto).

To learn more about Melissa, check out  Tea & Bannock!

Meryl McMaster is an Ottawa-based artist and holds BFA in Photography from OCAD University. McMaster’s work takes advantage of both the spontaneity of photography and the manual production of props or sculptural garments, performance and self-reflection. She is interested in exploring questions of how we construct our sense of self through lineage, history and culture. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She currently has a solo touring exhibition across Canada titled “Confluence” traveling until 2018. McMaster is the recipient of the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists, the Canon Canada Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the OCAD U Medal and was long listed listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award. 

Apply for INTAC before June 30!


INTAC Exhibition, May 2017, Osaka University of Arts, Japan

Now Accepting Applicants from all Programs

International Collaboration Studio: Photo 3018
International Collaboration Studio II: Photo 3019
International Collaboration Studio III: Photo 4016
International Collaboration Studio IV: Photo 4017
1.0 credit Sept–April, 2017-18

Early deadline: June 30, continuing until course is full. Approvals at latest by end of July.  Apply in writing by e-mail to: psramek@ocadu.ca

Work on collaborative projects with students from universities around the globe in an informal, team-based environment with 15 OCAD U students. Work towards collaborative visual projects, online presentations, book publications and international exhibitions. Travel may be an option. Current collaborations feature students in Tampere (Finland), Seoul (S. Korea), Berlin (Germany), Osaka (Japan), Ahmedabad (India), Toluca (Mexico).

This past year’s work focused on the theme of ‘Turmoil’ which was explored in multiple ways as proposed and developed by student participants. Final works spanned the range from photography and video to drawing, sculpture, books and music performance. The year led to exhibitions in Osaka, Japan and at OCAD U.

This year’s theme will be Rituals.

Future exhibitions in various international countries are a possibility. Although not specifically built into the course, travel may be possible, as we hope to exhibit in Slovakia in November, 2017 and then another venue in May, 2018. In the past, groups have travelled to Japan, Finland, China, Slovakia, Berlin and South Korea in conjunction with INTAC exhibitions.

Visit INTACnet.ca to see a description of our process and examples of current and past students’ activities.

You can also check out one of our public Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/INTACinfo/

Questions and applications by e-mail to psramek@ocadu.ca

(L) INTAC Strategy Workshop, Osaka University of Arts (R) Group with Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, May 2017

(L) INTAC Strategy Workshop, Osaka University of Arts (R) Group with Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, May 2017

What is INTAC?

This hybrid studio course takes place over two semesters during which time students design and undertake collaborative projects with international partners. Directions identified by the group will vary from year to year, but address the ongoing goals of engaging global issues and communicating across cultures. The coming year’s overarching theme will be Rituals and participants will respond with project propsals in whatever way they may interpret this, although we hope that global and cross-cultural issues will be fore-fronted. Projects will be developed in a range of media, but particularly those that may be shared readily through online channels. For this reason, photographic and time-based formats are a primary focus, however past students have also worked in other media – most recently audio, sculpture, writing, quilting, jewelry, drawing, painting and performance.

There is also the possibility of engaging the course as an online moderator and helping to develop the online presence and functioning of the INTAC network, which is a growing international program.

Along with creating relationships with students in the various schools, you will propose project concepts, join a few project groups and produce collaborative artworks within each group. You will maintain online communication and build a sense of community with the OCAD participants in group crits, fundraising activities, an exhibition event and possibly publication. Guided by two Professors, Peter Sramek and TBC, you will take responsibility for cooperative leadership and initiative in these areas.


Using class meetings, video conferencing (sometimes very early in the morning) and online blogs and popular social networking tools, students will communicate and develop projects under the guidance of the instructors at each school.  Scheduling will be flexible, responsive to the needs of the activities while much of the work will be done on the students’ individual time with their project partners using various platforms: Skype, FaceBook, E-mail, Tumblr Blogs and other channels. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be short-term objectives and deadlines over the 8 months of the course.

It is important to note that the course structure consists of a flexible meeting schedule and the class group will not meet physically every week.


• This course is open to students in years 3 and 4 from all programs – Art, Design, INVC, LAS, DigF

• There are two sets of course codes and you must register for the paired Fall and Winter sections.

• Students who have taken the 300-level courses may continue in INTAC by registering for the 400-level ones.

Acceptance to this course is limited and will be by prior written application. Of key importance will be your commitment to exploring global perspectives. You must be self-motivated and able to work well in an environment where activity is self-initiated and online communication is at the core of the process. This is a less-structured context where you will be responsible for much of your work time on your own. You should be willing to take the lead in building new relationships, sharing ideas and communicating online. Comfort and proficiency with working in online environments is a definite plus.

The Application Process Apply Now!!

Deadline for Approval by the Faculty of Art Office is mid-July, but students will be approved in June/July as applications are received, until the positions are filled. If accepted, you will be given instructions on completing the online registration process using the appropriate codes.

Please provide: Name, Student Number, Program/Major, Year Level, Number of Accumulated Credits (at least 10),

Overall Average and E-mail address you will respond to over the summer.

Write a 500 word Statement of Intent including why you are interested in, and an excellent candidate for:

• international collaboration

• team-based project development

• socially-engaged art practices

• online learning and communication environments

• photographic, time-based and/or online formats

Describe the primary media you are thinking of working in and how you would see collaborating with a group that is in different parts of the world. Describe any previous international experiences: living, travel, programs, languages, etc.

Discuss how this course experience will fit your educational goals.

Include 5–10 captioned images of recent works in your application document (PDF, Word or Pages), which you feel

illustrate your approach to artmaking.

Email your application to psramek@ocadu.ca

Note: It is highly recommended that, unless you have already received approval for this course, you first register for a full load of courses during the registration period. All applicants will not be selected for this

program. Once registered you can drop 2 studio courses. This 1.0 credit will be equivalent to 1.0 Studio Option credit in Photography or as an elective in your major program. It can be approved as a Program Studio Option outside of Photography with special permission of your Chair.

Antonio Giacchetti at Gallery 44

Antonio Giacchetti detail from Sense and Sentiment, 2017 Liquid light, polyurethane on cold rolled steel

Antonio Giacchetti
detail from Sense and Sentiment, 2017 Liquid light, polyurethane on cold rolled steel

Congratulations to Photo alumni and 2016 Verant Richards Award Recipient Antonio Giacchetti on the opening of Sense and Sentiment at Gallery 44!

Opening Reception June 9,6:00PM to 8:00PM
Friday, June 9, 2017 to Saturday, July 8, 2017
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond St W, ste 120, Toronto


Drawing influence from the history of non-representational photography, and recent practices by the artist in this field of production, this series serves as an active rejection of sensibility and sentimentality. Using steel, a material foundational to the social and economic structure of the artist’s hometown Hamilton, Giacchetti creates images that are fundamentally reductive in both form and meaning; offering up the representational history of photography in exchange for a photograph that essentially refers to and depicts nothing but itself. After sensitizing plates using a silver-gelatin emulsion, the plates are then exposed to ambient light in Giacchetti’s hometown. Although definitive in intention and execution, this work embraces objectivity in its purest form, reducing an image of the artist’s history to a flat black plane.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with OCAD University.


Antonio Giacchetti is a writer and visual artist practicing in Southern Ontario, and has recently completed a BFA in Photography at OCAD University. His practice includes a variety of experimental image making methods, conceptual and studio based photography as well as short performative and experimental films. Recent works have explored visual articulations of existential philosophy, deconstructions of the photographic image, mark-making, and notions of home, memory and formative experiences from the context of the male form. His work has been exhibited at various locations in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario as well as internationally in Tampere, Finland and Berlin, Germany.




GUYS AS DOLLS: Explore thoughts and dreams of belonging, gender and identity with artist Walter Segers in his photo-based series “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” as he uses vintage male fashion dolls to create autobiographical visions.

Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Rd. Markham, ON L3P3J3

Born and raised in Belgium,Walter Segers has been happily creating art in Toronto since 1993. He graduated from the OCAD University in 2008 and received OCAD U’s prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009. His photo-based works have been shown in Toronto at 1313, Spin, Show, Propeller, P|M, John B. Aird and the Gladstone galleries. In Ontario, he exhibited at Open Studio in Sudbury and at FHM in Cambridge.  Segers’ photographs have been shown internationally in Prague and Zlín in the Czech Republic, New York, and his most recent exhibition ‘double vision’ was in Belgium. The online magazine and art app Wondereur featured the series What I Did On My Summer Vacationand Segers has been published in Frank by The Genteel, Fab Magazine, IN TORONTO, Pixie & Rotter and Papirmasse. His latest work was published in ArtWindsor magazine.




Bloom Magazine has arrived!

The  Womenfolk (WMNFLK) Collective, a dynamic team which includes Photo alumni Lana Missen (Director of Marketing), has launched Bloom Magazine!  Bloom is a new exciting magazine that celebrates the creativity and diversity of woman-identified artists and artists in the Toronto area.   Pick up your copy today and see what Betty Julian and Ilene Sova have to say!  Then flip through to check out the work of OCAD U Photo alumni Farihah Shah, Kelsey Whyte and Mara Gajic!  Start following Bloom on Instagram and reach out to the team to get your own copy of issue #1!

The WMNFK collective celebrating the launch of Bloom Magazine!

The WMNFK collective celebrating the launch of Bloom Magazine at Glad Day Bookstore!

Some words about Bloom by WMNFK: 

Our aim is to produce “Bloom”, a publication to showcase the growth and achievements of women in the Toronto arts industry. By focusing on subjects of empowerment and resilience and community, the magazine will:

provide a space to celebrate women in the arts
provide a source of inspiration to fellow women in the arts industry
and foster an artistic community of united women

“Bloom” will be a publication that acts in service to all artists and arts workers who identify as women. Through artist profiles, interviews, and creative submissions such as creative writings and artworks, we will both seek out and encourage a diverse range of Toronto artists at all levels of their careers to be participants within this publication.

We believe that by collectively sharing our stories, perspectives, and journeys with each other, we can create engagement and unity with the community of Toronto. Knowledge sharing is empowerment, and we aim to be the catalyst to this.

Artist Farihah Shah at the Bloom launch

Artist Farihah Shah at the Bloom launch



Maisha Marshall-Ende

Congratulations to Maisha Marshall-Ende for being the OCAD U representative for the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Scholarship Prize!  Maisha’s portfolio has now moved onto the next stage of the jurying process and will be reviewed by the AIMIA | AGO jury, alongside 15 other students representatives from across the country, in hopes of receiving one of the three $7,000 scholarships! 

The OCAD U faculty jury who selected Maisha to represent OCAD U had this to say about her practice:

Maisha Marshall-Ende works with a confidence beyond her years, seeking and finding new ways to explore the fluidity of representations of bodies. Employing studio colour, b/w and video, her strategies engage the viewer in an intimate vision that disrupts interpretations of beauty and physicality. Her video work is a lovingly shot and an irreverent contribution to the long and illustrious herstory of black hair.

Marshall-Ende uses the figure to skillfully transform the complicated nature of bodies politicized by gender and race. The gestures captured are both subtle and powerful in a stillness that questions and subverts how bodies are seen. The resulting photographs offer dramatic sculptural forms through the intersections of human bodies, hands and faces with lingering close-ups revealing fine-grained and richly textured landscapes of touch. 

Maisha Marshall-Ende, Black bodies: Partner Body Series, 2016

Maisha Marshall-Ende, Black bodies: Partner Body Series, 2016

Grad Party Tonight!


Grad Ex exhibitors, Thesis, Landmarks & DS students
Jenn Long is throwing a KARAOKE PARTY Tonight: May 5th, 9-11pm!

After Grad Ex closes at 8pm, we will meet at the Print Finishing room and then head to/meet at Bar + (360 Yonge St, 2nd floor above Swiss Chalet) for 9pm. For the price of $5, you will be served pizza, sugary treats and some wonderful memories in our private room! (Everyone must purchase their own beverages from the bar.)

Space is limited to 30 people (19+), so make sure your name is on the list my emailing Jenn Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca

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