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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



Napier, OCAD and Ryerson Universities collaborate:

Photo by Ava Cochrane, A Chair for My Mother, 2017

Photo by Ava Cochrane, A Chair for My Mother, 2017

Please join us on International Women’s day, Wed, March 8th, from 5-7pm for the opening of the Gender & The Lens exhibition at:

Ada Slaight Student Gallery, OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor (North side)
Wheelchair accessible

Artists Include: Maddie AlexanderYuling ChenClea Christakos-GeeAva CochraneMara Gajic, Antonio GiacchettiRaelene GiffinAshley HiltzJesse King,  Morgan Sears WilliamsMichael SeleskiFarihah ShahAlia Youssef Curated by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel


L to R:  Farihah Shah, Laden Hands, 2017, Michael Seleski, Spectrum, 2016, Alia Youssef, Rayhanah, 2016

The exhibit runs from Mon, March 6 to Sat, March 11 and showcases artworks by feminist-minded students and recent graduates from Ryerson and OCAD University whose artwork explores themes of gender through lens-based mediums.  Within this installation is a slideshow entitled When The Light Shifts, by members of WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland.  This initiative is part of an  ongoing series of research and networking events  between Napier (Edinburgh) University,  Ryerson University and OCAD University that focus on gender and photography.  

Photos left to right: Ashley Hiltz, selections from A Woman's Guide manual, 2016, Clea Christakos-Gee, Alexandra Rose, 2016

L to R: Ashley Hiltz, selection from A Woman’s Guide manual, 2016, Clea Christakos-Gee, Alexandra Rose, 2016

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 gender and 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 is the first public presentation of this network and 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 gender.

Photos left to right: Yuling Chen, still from Adios, Catalonia, 2016, Morgan Sears Williams, still from Stop, 2017

L to R : Yuling Chen, still from Adios, Catalonia, 2016, Morgan Sears Williams, still from Stop, 2017


L to R:  Raelene Giffin, Gatherer, 2016, Mara Gajic, Untitled, from The Room series, 2014


Maddie Alexander, Antonio Giacchetti, & Jesse King, still from Interaction, 2016




Career Launcher 2016


Mara Gajic: This City, A Group Photography Exhibition

Summer Exhibitions you won’t want to miss!

OCAD U Photo Alumni, Mara Gajic’s current exhibition, This City:  A Group Photography Exhibitionis running until May 31st at Coldstream Fine Art Gallery.


This City: A Group Photography Show, brings together an eclectic group of 12 Toronto-based photographers, each with their own interpretation of their city through the camera’s lens. Each artist was tasked with presenting an image that represents their own subjective perceptions and experiences. The diverse styles and backgrounds of the group resulted in a unique array of imagery connected to the theme. 

Exhibiting Artists: Mara Gajic, Paul Alexander, Petar Boskovic, Cosmo Calisse, Ryan Emberley, William Emerson Gaydos, Trevor Godinho,  Pamela Julian, Nick Kozak, Tom Ridout, Chris Reign and Harrison Taylor.

Mara Gajic, Photo Series: Boundaries

Mara Gajic, Photo Series: Boundaries

Mara Gajic is an OCAD U Photography Alimni. Her work is driven by elements of performance and costume to explore open narratives of self-construct, personal psychology and the quiet space between imagination and reality. Often using herself to stage her images, she imposes new realities on both herself and the photographs through the embodiment of a performative role to communicate underlying personal states in the form of colourful visual narratives and to initiate an unspoken dialogue between the viewer and artist.

To view more of Mara’s work, check out her website and this feature on Format Magazine.


NEW CENTURY Exhibition


TONIGHT: Flash Forward Book Launch and Exhibit

Mara Gajic, Alphabet, 2014, 32"x70" c-print.

Mara Gajic, Alphabet, 2014, 32″x70″ c-print.


  • Petar Boskovic
  • Nathan Cyprys
  • Mara Gajic
  • Shirin Fathi
  • Matin Zad

The Book Launch & Exhibition will take place:
Division Gallery, October 1–13, 2015
Opening: October 8, 2015, 7pm


OCAD U is well represented in PhotoEd Magazine’s 2015 Schools Issue!


When you open up the 2015 Schools Issue of PhotoEd Magazine, you will find major representation from OCAD U!

Congratulations to:

Emma Blackshaw (2015 Graduate)
Genevieve Blais (2015 Graduate)
Gabby Frank (2015 Graduate)
Mara Gajic (4th year Photo Major)
Allison Morris (2015 Graduate_
Cailen Speers (2015 Graduate)
Alexandra Votsis (2015 Graduate)

Pick up your copy of PhotoEd Magazine today!
Current Issues $8, 1 year subscription $18





Congratulations to Students Mara Gajic and Petar Boskovic, Winners of the Flash Forward Competition!!!


Congratulations to  third year photo student Mara Gajic and fourth year photo student Petar Boskovic for being Winners of The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward competition.

The OCAD U photo community was well represented on the list of winners this year with both current students and recent alumni.  Congratulations to all!!!!

Flash Forward winners, Current Students:

  • Mara Gajic
  • Petar Boskovic

Flash Forward winners, Recent Alumni:

  • Nathan Cyprys
  • Shirin Fathi
  • Matin Zad

For more info check out the Magenta website, follow the link below.


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