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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

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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

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

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

 

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NEW CENTURY Exhibition

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AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

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Thanks to the generosity of Epson Canada and our supportive local representative Andrew Patrick, OCAD U’s Photography Program is pleased to announce the 2016 Epson Awards have been granted to:  Antonio Giacchetti and Michael Seleski!

Antonio Giacchetti, Mark #8, 2016

Antonio Giacchetti, Mark #8, 2016

Antonio Giacchetti is a writer and visual artist based in Southern Ontario, currently completing 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.

 

Michael Seleski, Spectrum, 2016

Michael Seleski, Spectrum, 2016

Canadian-born, Toronto based fashion photographer, director  and image-maker Michael Seleski seeks to explore  individuality and identity through high impact visuals.  Seleski pursued their BFA in photography at Toronto’s OCAD University and was accepted into the Mastered Photography Program with Nick Knight in 2015.  Their work showcases their ability to shoot both fashion and  portraiture to a consistently innovative and modern effect. With a bold aesthetic and refined use of lighting Seleski looks to the future of fashion image making while challenging notions of the gender binary and beauty.   Seleski’s inspirations are varied, culled from contemporary art, design, music, and literature.

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