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OCAD Alumni Featured in CONTACT Photography Festival

Left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; Right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

Left: Sebastian Benitez, Untitled (from the series Not This Way Either), 2012; Right: Josée Pedneault, NÆVUS, 2013–in progress

Be sure to check out the upcoming exhibition SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS, a featured CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition, showing at the Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC). Curated by Katelyn Gallucci, the show includes work from OCAD alumni Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, and Jimmy Limit.

Where: Suite 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON
When: April 27–June 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27th from 6–9 pm

For more information, visit the Critical Distance website.

Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez at Project Gallery

'Love Birds' by Ravinder Rai

‘Love Birds’ by Ravinder Rai

DIVERSIONS, curated by Devan Patel, showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, image, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Navigating through objects to compose and create playful and clever photographs, this exhibition also incorporates elements of installation.

Ravinder Rai’s practice pursues a reflexive exploration of identity, desire, and the presentation of the self. Positioning himself as the subject of abstract study, he uses photographic still lifes to interpret his experiences as a closeted gay individual. In this way, the work construes otherwise repressed narratives and ruminations while visually retaining a degree of authorial anonymity.

Sebastián Benítez’ series Feint navigates and negotiates through a myriad of objects and images marketed towards gay men, such as movie memorabilia, novelty items, and gay travel guides. Benítez’ work explores his own personal positioning in relation to these commodities, while inviting the viewer to consider the different motivations, relationships and underlying discourses that underpin these objects.

Opening Reception: Thursday April 28th 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 15, 2016

Project Gallery
1109 Queen St E , Toronto
Wed-Sun 12-5pm

This exhibition is Featured with the CONTACT Photography Festival 2016


Exhibition: Those that belong to the Emperor

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Those that belong to the Emperor explores, analyzes and playfully disrupts the seemingly invisible order that governs the way in which we group, juxtapose, compare and categorize things.  Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Gregory McCarthy, Rachel Guglielmelli, Sonet Providence and Taikun Kambashi explore language; perception; and the organization and hierarchy of personals experiences as sites where this order of things manifests itself. In their works, these artists propose new arbitrary ways for indexing memory. They have created systems that reveal their own structural contradictions. The exhibition’s title references the fictitious taxonomy presented by Jorge Luis Borges in his 1942 Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge.

Curated by Sebastián Benítez

Opening Reception: September 10 / 7 – 10 PM

Panel Discussion: September 23 / 4 PM
Moderated by Rachel Guglielmelli, OCADU Faculty and guest panelists will talk about the professional field of publications and opportunities for artists/designers.

OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul St, Toronto, ON

HERE: opens Feb 5, 7pm

Abigail Lomboy

Abigail Lomboy

Opening Reception: Thurs, Feb 5, 2015, 7pm
Exhibition Runs: Tue, Feb 3 -Feb 15, 2015

A photography exhibit showcasing work from 10 emerging OCAD U artists exploring the self as a performative subject within the photographic frame.  Curated by: Madelyn Alexander

Featuring: Madelyn Alexander Sebastián Benítez Mara Gajic Antonio Giacchetti Abigail LomboySheana KanthanDainesha Nugent-PalacheNaz Niazi, Karella Mara Raffinan & Victoria Wojtan



478 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON, M6R 2N5


Every Object Has a Story


Every Object Has a Story is a partnership publication between the Royal Ontario Museum and The Walrus Foundation in celebration of the ROM’s 100th anniversary.  An exciting part of this book is the inclusion of student photographers from Humber College, OCAD University, Ryerson University & Sheridan College who were selected to create works of art in response to artifacts from the ROM’s collection.  From the Photography Department, I’d like to congratulate: Marvin AntonioSebastian BenitezGenevieve Blais, David Clark, Christine Mclean, & Raymond Salaber on their contributions to this book.

Pick up your copy of this beautiful publication at the ROM, through the Walrus Foundation’s web store, and in other major bookstores.

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