Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vid Ingelevics to gives an artist's talk at Peterborough gallery

Ontario-based photographer Vid Ingelevics gave an artist's talk at the Art Gallery of Peterborough Thursday, Nov. 26.

The talk is entitled Vid Ingelevics: hunter/gatherer where he investigates the human presence and imposition on the landscape.

"His large-scale photographs of rustic hunting platforms and woodpiles expose human-made structures that are so common to our region we rarely think about them. Capturing structures that seem to exist outside of any recorded history, his photographs document and record images of collective memory without disturbing them, states a press release.

This exhibition draws our attention to what Ingelevics calls "two of humankind's oldest survival strategies -hunting and gathering."

For more information, please go to the following links:

Friday, November 27, 2009


November 28th, 2009
Eternal Youth
3:00 PM

Dir. Christian E. Klinger (USA, 2008) 56 mins

A tale about photography and art, family and life, dealing with the history of man and woman, life and art. Many art historians consider Jock Sturges, born in 1947, to be one of the most important fine art photographers of our times.

As a catholic and graduated in psychology and photography, he survived the attacks of conservatives in the United States. Sturges has created a series of intensely powerful and moving photographs with an outstanding sensitivity for composition and light. Sturges's artistic work is an uncompromising search for truth and clarity. His private life is marked by his open nature and inspired by the love he shares with his wife Maia.

In LINE OF BEAUTY AND GRACE, the filmmaker and photographer Christian E. Klinger journeys into the life and work of this extraordinary man.

Jeff Thomas in "Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue" presented by SAVAC and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

Jeff Thomas is in the group exhibition “Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue”, curated by Srimoyee Mitra and presented by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Art Centre) and the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.

The exhibition runs from November 29th, 2009 until January 22nd, 2010.
The opening reception is November 29th, 2009, from 1pm to 4pm

With eight artists across Canada, the Glenhyrst Art Gallery in Brantford, located next to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and home to a large South Asian community, is the perfect backdrop for the exhibition “Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue”.

South Asians and the First Peoples’ communities epitomize the complexities of co-existence between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Canada. While both communities are referred to as “Indians” their experiences and histories of racial and socio-economic marginalization differ widely.

Roy Caussy, Bonnie Devine, Ali Kazimi, Afshin Matlabi, Yudi Sewraj, Greg Staats, Ehren Bear Witness Thomas and Jeff Thomas reckon with the experience of loss and displacement and reflect on the ideology of reconciliation. The art works in the exhibition articulate the importance of engaging in dialogues with one another to better understand the multiple perspectives and histories that make up the contemporary Canadian society.

Jeff Thomas, artist and curator speaks about his landmark collaboration with Ali Kazimi on the film Shooting Indians: A Journey With Jeff Thomas, which is featured in the exhibition: Since Ali and I first met in 1984 and began our documentary road trip, the stimulant of identity politics has continued to evolve and some twenty five years later it is good to see that the film resonates with the public and new exhibition projects like "Crossing Lines: An Intercultural Dialogue".

Please join them on November 29th, 2009 at 12 pm The Art Bus to Brantford departs from 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto, will feature an intimate tête-à-tête with Ali Kazimi and Jeff Thomas as they discuss their landmark collaboration in the film “Shooting Indians: A Journey With Jeff Thomas” featured in the exhibition. The bus will return to Toronto at 5pm.
1pm-4pm Opening Reception and Artist Talks at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

For more information please go to the Glenhyrst Art Gallery website.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery
20 Ava Road
Brantford, ON
T: 519.756.5932

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Alex Webb Wins the "Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas"

Alex Webb - The winning photograph is "Mexico. Oaxaca state. Tehuantepec. 1985. Children Playing in a Courtyard."

Alex Webb started his education in photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, completing his academic degree with History studies at the same university. His professional career began as a reporter. For many years, he worked for prestigious magazines such as Life, Geo and New York Times Magazine, and in 1976 he joined the prestigious agency Magnum Photos as an associate member, becoming a full member since 1979. He was elected President of the agency this past summer.

The Council of Alcobendas has awarded a prize for Alex Webb’s work, recognizing the highly humanistic and technical quality of his photographs, which show a “lyric and realistic” sense of childhood and an overall sense of being human. The winning photograph (on the left) is “Mexico. Oaxaca state. Tehuantepec. 1985. Children playing in a courtyard.”

The Premio Internacional de Fotografia Alcobendas comes with 10.000 Euro, and the prizewinner must be a documentary photographer who illustrates the rights of childhood throughout his career. The work must encourage reflection on the different and fascinating questions that characterize the global situation of children.

The jury was composed by Lola Garrido, collector and independent curator; Pepe Font de Mora, director of the Foundation Foto Colectania; Carlos Perz Siquier, photographer, National Prize of Photography 2003; Jose Maria Diaz-Maroto, photographer and curator of the Alcobendas’s Collection; and Eva Tomo, Culture and Childhood City Councilor of Alcobendas.

Alex Webb will receive the prize on November 18th, 2009 at 7pm n the Cultural Center Pablo Iglesias, from the Major of Alcobendas, Ignacio Garcia de Vinuesa.


The Funding Network - Toronto, November 26th, 2009

A reminder that today The Funding Network - Toronto charity event is taking place.

Each event begins with delicious refreshments, the project presentations, and time for questions and discussions with the presenting organizations. Then an informal pledging session takes place. Each person is entirely free to offer support to all, some, or none of the projects presented on a given day.

The event is at 40 King St East, the Scotia Plaza downtown, on the 44th floor, in the offices of Borden Ladner Gervais. Please rsvp to

You do not have to be a member of The Funding Network to attend and all are welcome. Admission is free, and there is no obligation to make a charitable donation, however, you must register.

To find out more, please visit their website:

“If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.”


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Anthony Koutras - BENCHmark Program, Public commission 2009

Anthony Koutras has completed and installed his bench artwork, "Camouflage" in Liberty Village (Northwest corner of Liberty and Fraser), Toronto, as part of the BENCHmark Program, 2009.

To see the results of the bench transformation, please go to:

To see other works, part of the BENCHmark program, please go to:

Saturday, November 21, 2009


November 21st, 2009

Lieux Mêmes

3:00 PM


Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.

Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.


Dir. Peter Weir (Australia: 1981) 110 min.

Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) is an idealistic young Australian rancher with a talent for running. When Australia is putting together regiments to help the British war effort for World War I, he abandons his athletic pursuits and treks off to Perth with his fellow runner and friend Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson), and enlists in the army. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the might of the Turkish army.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clive Holden - 2 new books out this September

Two new books out this September, "Adventures in Perception", by Scott MacDonald (2009, University of California Press, ), includes an essay and long form interview about Clive Holdens' series "Trains of Winnipeg".

and "Place - 13 Essays, 13 Filmmakers, 1 City", edited by Cecilia Araneda (2009, Winnipeg Film Group), , includes a chapter by Larissa Fan about Clive Holdens' Utopia Suite and Trains of Winnipeg.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clive Holden - The Auteurs: Trains of Winnipeg

The Auteurs: Trains of Winnipeg - 14 Film Poems is now available for viewing everywhere on The Auteurs:

The Auteurs, avant garde and experimental in its filmmaking, has received widespread and high quality distribution. The Auteurs is the Criterion Collection's ON-LINE distributor. From their website: "The Auteurs is a website making great films from prominent festivals around the world accessible to anyone through high-definition video streaming. Together with online film viewing, we bring together the most original coverage of festivals, filmmaking, and cinema culture in the form of an online film magazine. Finally, we unite film watching and film criticism with film discussion by allowing users to rate and review films, as well as discuss cinema in our forums."

Please Note: the first 200 viewings are FREE.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bertrand Carrière's current exhibition “Lieux Mêmes” featured in The

"Then and There in the Here and Now"
by Amanda Happé
November 17th, 2009

"Then and There in the Here and Now" by Amanda Happé
November 17th, 2009

There’s something about the quiet landscapes that line the walls of the Stephen Bulger Gallery that’s oddly disquieting. It’s easy to tell that they show vistas far from here—the vegetation and the topography carry those subtle but clear cues of an unfamiliar place—but it’s not that. The lighting seems suspended between an artificial dusk and the bleakest of mid-days, but that’s also not what’s out of place. It’s because there’s something intentionally absent from Canadian photographer Bertrand Carrière’s series “Lieux Mêmes.” They are photographs of something that is no longer there. The subject left the scene ninety years ago.

For the full article click, please go to

Grant Romer gives a lecture at CAMERA

Grant Romer presented "Sight / Insight: Evaluating the Photographic Prints" on June 17, 2009 at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, ON.

Grant Romer came to George Eastman House in 1975 upon entering the Graduate Photography Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute where he began formal study of the history of photography in 1964 while a student of fine arts.

Specializing in the history and practice of the daguerreotype, Romer began working with Alice Swan, then photograph conservator at George Eastman House. Following Swan’s departure in 1978 and the establishment of the institution’s conservation profile, Romer became its conservator. With strong commitment to sharing the learning resources of the Museum, he opened the laboratory to others through internships, contributing to the professional development of many of the international leaders in the field today.

In response to a growing demand for learning opportunity in the specialty of photograph preservation, Romer established the Certificate Program in Photographic Preservation and Archival Practice at GEH in 1989, which eventually served as the basis for the current Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation, which he directed.

You can see the full presentation at CAMERA here:,_Grant._%22Sight/Insight:_Evaluating_Photographic_Prints%22

Related Links:
From George Eastman House : Notes On Photographs
More on Grant B. Romer:

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Funding Network, November 26th, 2009

“Regardless of the relativities in life—money, beauty, power—at our core we all want the same things; food, shelter, love (fingers crossed) and for our lives to matter. We’re all just struggling members of one race.” Janis Rukavina Thomas, Founder and Chair.

This November 26th, 2009, an innovative charity event is taking place. Created by The Funding Network – Toronto, an extremely unique and dynamic organization, you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate directly, innovative local programs.

Founder and Chair Janis Rukavina Thomas, has created The Funding Network – Toronto, a giving circle to provide all of us an opportunity to hear from different pre-selected charities, to ask questions and then decide which projects, if any, they would like to support. All attendants are able to meet the people who are on the front line of social change work.

Organizations that will be presenting are in the following areas:

  • Human Rights
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health
  • Education
  • Conflict Prevention & Resolution

“If you think you’re too small to make an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.”

To find out more, please visit their website:


This event will be held at 40 King St East, the Scotia Plaza downtown, on the 44th floor.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Mr. Pixel Mrs. Grain: A Never-Ending Love Story"

The National Film & Television School in the UK created "Mr. Pixel Mrs. Grain: A Never-Ending Love Story" - a humorous illustration of the benefit from both worlds of Film and Digital.

National Film and Television Board of the United Kingdom:

Friday, November 13, 2009


November 14th, 2009
Lieux Mêmes

3:00 PM


Dir. Bertrand Carrière (Canada: 2009) 9 min. 40 sec.

Chemins de cendres, a project that developed out of an ongoing photo series “Lieux Mêmes” retraces images of the Western Front taken by an unknown Canadian photographer during the First World War. Projected as a dual-frame display, the video juxtaposes still video shots of current day sites related to the WW1 -battlefields, rubble-strewn streets, soldier’s portraits in cemeteries, against travel views through train windows in France and Belgium. Opposing stillness and motion, the video becomes a journey of visual and sound contrasts between fixed historical narratives and the changing views of modern memory.


Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France: 2004) 133 min.

Five desperate men shoot themselves in order to be relieved from the horrifying frontline at the Somme, in WWI. A court-martial decides to punish them by leaving them alone in no-man's land, to be killed in the crossfire. The fiancée of one of these men, Methilde (Audrey Tautou), receives information that makes her suspect her love may have gotten away alive. Methilde embarks on a painful, long and often frustrating journey to find out the truth. This task is not made any easier due to a bout she had with polio as a child, leaving her unable to walk. What follows is an investigation into the arbitrary nature of secrecy, the absurdity of war, and the enduring passion, intuition and tenacity of the human heart.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Arts community comes together to remember
By David Lea, Oakville Beaver Staff
Arts & Entertainment
Nov 04, 2009

Old bunkers covered in graffiti, crumbling fortifications atop chalk-white cliffs, moss covered anti-tank barriers silently guarding an empty beach.

The photos, currently on display at the Oakville Galleries, are of the beaches of Dieppe as they appear today.

The tranquil and hauntingly beautiful images, taken by Bertrand Carrière, belie the violence and destruction of the setting’s Second World War past.

In 1942, Dieppe was the scene of one of Canada’s greatest military catastrophes when a raid by nearly 5,000 Canadian soldiers was met with murderous resistance from the occupying German forces.

At the conclusion of the battle, more than 900 Canadians had been killed with more than 1,800 taken prisoner.

“The artist Bertrand Carrière went to these beaches and photographed the way they look today, which is basically how they were left after this raid,” said Elizabeth Underhill, interim curatorial assistant and registrar.

“These images are quite beautiful, but they are also quite haunting in the way this moment in history has been frozen in time.”
For Second World War pilot Wess McIntosh, the exhibit serves as a reminder of just how poorly planned the Dieppe Raid really was.

A photo of an abandoned concrete bunker embedded within the nearby cliffs illustrates just how protected the Germans were and how exposed the Canadians would have been as they charged up the beaches.

“They didn’t have a chance,” said McIntosh, gesturing to the bunker photo.

“They weren’t killed, they were murdered. Some of our guys tried to climb up the cliffs and the Germans were just shooting them. How can you shoot a gun when you’re climbing up a hill.”

For local writer Tom Douglas, who has written extensively about Canada at war, the photos stirred memories of his own journey to Dieppe and of those who fought there.

“I had a Sunday school teacher, when I was a young boy, who fought at Dieppe. One Sunday it happened to be the anniversary of Dieppe and he tried to explain to us what it was like to give your life for a fellow man. This didn’t mean anything to us at the time and we giggled and laughed and threw bread crusts at each other and he broke down and cried and left,” said Douglas. “To this day I feel so bad about that and I wish I could go back to him and say, ‘Now I understand.’”

Besides the photos, the exhibit also features a documentary of Carrière’s visit to Dieppe.

During this visit Carrière took the photos of more than 900 current members of the Canadian Forces and placed them on the beach in an effort to show what 900 casualties really looks like. The Dieppe photos, which will be on display until Nov. 22, is not the only war-related art exhibit in town, with the Oakville arts community unveiling many others in honour of Remembrance Day.

Another such exhibit, displayed at the Oakville Museum, located at 8 Navy St., is entitled Words to End All Wars and features letters, postcards, diaries and poems written during the First World War.

With many of the letters written by Oakville soldiers within the trenches of France and Belgium the exhibit goes a long way to allowing readers to understand not only what the war was like, but who the soldiers writing the letters really were.

“The Germans are pretty lively this morning and shells have been coming at regular intervals and while I write (Fritz) is shelling one of our flying machines, but they never seem to hit one yet and they just torment the life out of them by turning and flying back over our lines,” reads one letter.

“We had some great fun the other afternoon. A bunch of us fellows got some pails and went drowning rats out from under our huts. We finished three huts and it kept the two dogs busy killing them. The first hut we killed 47, the second 85, and the hut we sleep in over 30 so you can see for yourself just the amount of rats we have around.”

Other artifacts at this exhibit included German First World War helmets, Canadian First World War uniforms, a German belt with the words ‘Gott Mit Uns’ (God is with Us) inscribed on it and a piece of a German airplane, which was dissected by souvenir-hungry Allied soldiers after it was shot down.

Curator of Collections Carolyn Cross noted that seeing these artifacts, which were generously loaned to the museum by numerous Oakville residents, allows observers to see the shadows of war in a way history textbooks simply cannot match.

“There are two letters from George Brock Chisholm, one that was written to his father, so military man to military man as well as a letter written to his friends back home. It’s neat to see the different tones of these letters coming from the same man and how he grows over the years and his experiences in the First World War,” said Cross.

“He’s not just a name and a soldier, he’s a real person with hopes and dreams and a personality.”

Words to End All Wars will be on display until June 6, 2010.
Information on additional artistic tributes to Oakville’s veterans can be seen online by visiting .

Original Link: Oakville Beaver

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Larry Towell - keynote speaker at Exposure 2010 in Calgary, Banff

Exposure 2010 | Calgary Banff Photography Festival

Monday, November 9, 2009
More on Larry Towell

Arguably Canada's best known photojournalist, Larry Towell will be the keynote speaker during Exposure 2010 this February.

But before that Towell's work will be showcased in a gallery operated by the famed photo collective Magnum that opens November 20th.

It will be situated in the Saint Germain des Prés district of Paris and Towell's unwavering photojournalism will be key to the exhibition in this new venue.

Related Link:
Exposure 2010

Jeff Thomas, Home/land & Security, artist and curator

Home/land & Security
A project by Jeff Thomas commissioned by RENDER
November 6, 2009 through February 13, 2010

Opening reception, roundtable discussion and video screenings:
Saturday, November 21

1 - 4 pm @ RENDER, University of Waterloo main campus
6 - 9 pm @ Waterloo Architecture, Cambridge
(additional screenings and gatherings TBA)

With Home/land & Security, artist and curator Jeff Thomas offers a distinct response to the land disputes that have erupted along Ontario’s Grand River valley on land defined as the Haldimand Tract. Initially developed out of a consideration of the ongoing conflict between members of the Six Nations and building developers in the town of Caledonia, Thomas’s project has expanded to embrace broader concepts of home and security and to explore the divisions between native and non-native communities. Commissioned by RENDER, the project embodies a hybrid artist/curator approach, with Thomas producing a new body of work that forms the basis of a dialogue with other artists. Thomas’s goal is to encourage cross-cultural dialogue and a deeper understanding of the history of the region.

The Six Nations were granted the Haldimand Tract by the British crown in 1784 following the American Revolution. Originally encompassing all of the land six miles back from each shore of the Grand River, the tract was reduced over the years through land transfers (many disputed) and government intervention, leaving the Six Nations with only a small reserve located between Brantford and Caledonia. Challenges to the loss of land have been ongoing since the late 18th century, however, in recent years these have become more high profile and confrontational with the recent standoff at the Douglas Estates near Caledonia being a prime example. Much of the original Haldimand Tract is now the site of established towns and cities, including Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge (RENDER’s primary programming region), and areas of these communities are the focus of additional land disputes.

Home/land & Security
includes new works by Barry Ace, Sara Angelucci, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Michael Belmore, Ron Benner, Rosalie Favell, Lorraine Gilbert, Jamelie Hassan, Pat Hess, Penny McCann, Wanda Nanibush, Shelley Niro, Bear Thomas and Eric Walker, along with works by Jeff Thomas and archival images from Six Nations. Home/land & Security is a major programming initiative for RENDER. It represents a considered extension of RENDER’s interdisciplinary research approach and further expands on the critical links between the university and surrounding community by engaging with a complex issue that will actively define the future of the region.

In addition to the exhibition in RENDER’s gallery space on the main campus of the University of Waterloo, works will also be installed at Waterloo Architecture and at the Grand House in Cambridge. Home/land and Security has received the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Media Contact:
Andrew Hunter, Director/Curator
519-888-4567 x33575

East Campus Hall
University of Waterloo
263 Phillip Street
Waterloo, Ontario

Waterloo Architecture
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario

Grand House
68 Roseview Avenue
Cambridge, Ontario

Image: Jeff Thomas, The Delegate posed along the Grand River, Waterloo, Ontario, 2009
GPS: N43 21.452 W80 19.002. Courtesy of the artist.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Join us tonight to launch Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book "Harvest Pilgrims"

Reginald Cabey, from Montserrat, loading cauliflower, Waterford, Ontario, 1987

The gallery would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the launch of Canadian photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo's new book Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada (BTL Books, 2009).

Harvest Pilgrims: Mexican and Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers in Canada

Book Launch and Artist Talk: Tuesday, November 10th, 7–9pm. The Artist Talk will take place from 7:30pm-8pm (please arrive early as seating is limited).

Award-winning photographer and social activist Vincenzo Pietropaolo has been photographing migrant agriculture workers and recording their stories since 1984. He has travelled to forty locations throughout Ontario and visited the workers’ homes in Mexico, Jamaica, and Montserrat.

Pietropaolo has borne witness to these “harvest pilgrims”: the tens of thousands of migrant workers who arrive in the spring and leave in the fall. They are the backbone of the agricultural industry in Canada and, yet, continue to be denied many of the basic workplace rights that protect other workers in Canada.

Pietropaolo has published six previous photographic books, which include Not Paved with Gold (2006) and Celebration of Resistance (1999) with BTL Books. His work can be found in many prominent collections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa; National Archives of Canada, Ottawa; amongst many others.

Harvest Pilgrims was published by BTL Books ( and made possible by a grant from the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (

On their first morning in Canada, Mexican workers are taken shipping
for food and supplies,St. Catharines, Ontario, 1987

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunil Gupta screens "I WANT TO LIVE" and discusses queer activism at Tish School of the Arts, NYU

Directed by Sunil Gupta
India, 2009, 39 min. Festival Premiere.

Synopsis: In visual artist and photographer Sunil Gupta’s documentary film, conversations with people living with HIV across India, and from a wide range of professions and social classes, are woven into a composite portrait, making a powerful plea for HIV Patient’s Rights. The film was commissioned by the Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi. Sunil Gupta in person.

WITNESS will present an after-screening panel discussion.

Screening Venue:
The Quad Cinema - 34 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues. Saturday, November 14 at 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion Venue:
Sunday, November 15 at 3 PM
Room 606, Tisch School of the Arts [NYU,] 725 Broadway

Open and free to the public.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gabor Szilasi awarded Prix du Québec 2009

MONTREAL/November 2, 2009—

Concordia University is pleased to announce that professor emeritus Gabor Szilasi is among the eleven recipients of the Prix du Québec, the most prestigious award conferred by the Government of Quebec, in recognition of his exceptional body of work spanning the past 50 years. Mr. Szilasi will receive the award at a ceremony being held tomorrow afternoon in the Legislative Council Room of Quebec's National Assembly.

The award-winning professor and photographer is receiving the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas for visual arts, fine crafts, architecture and design. Mr. Szilasi's 50-year photographic heritage has unique aesthetic and human value. It consists of a very personal look at his homeland of Hungary, as well as his adopted Quebec together with its people, artists, cityscapes and rural scenes. The Eloquence of the Everyday, the latest retrospective of Mr. Szilasi's photography, will be showing at Montreal's McCord Museum in 2011. The Family exhibition of 378 family pictures, initiated by the Montreal Arts Council, is touring the city's exhibition halls until 2011.

About the Prix du Québec

Les Prix du Québec were instituted in 1977 as the highest honors bestowed annually in various fields of endeavour. The winners receive a tax-free $30 000 cash prize, a handwritten parchment certificate, a pin bearing the Prix du Québec symbol and a silver medal created exclusively by a Québec artist chosen through open competition.

Fiona Downey
Senior Media Relations Advisor
Concordia University
Full Story

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Vincenzo Pietropaolo -- witness to the Harvest Pilgrims

A short documentary featuring the work of acclaimed photographer and social activist Vincenzo Pietropaolo has recently been released in honor of his new book, "Harvest Pilgrims," made possible by a grant from UFCW Canada.

Pietropaolo has spent the last 25 years capturing images of farm workers and their struggle for justice, dignity and respect.

The 10-minute short film has also been selected for screening at the upcoming Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) in November.

The Video:
Vincenzo Pietropaolo -- witness to the Harvest Pilgrims video

The Full Story:

Sarah Ann Johnson in The New York Times

Friday, October 30, 2009

Art in Review

'House on Fire'
Julie Saul
535 West 22nd Street,

Through Nov. 14

"Explosion," a bronze and plastic figure by Sarah Anne Johnson, in her show "House on Fire."

"The Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson is struggling with remarkable family history in her second New York solo exhibition.
The back story is that when her maternal grandmother, Velma Orlikow, sought treatment for postpartum depression in the 1950s, she was subjected to a horrifying experimental regimen. Under the care of Dr. Ewen Cameron, a psychiatrist affiliated with McGill University, she underwent powerful shock treatments and prolonged periods of drug-induced sleep in which suggestive tapes were played. In addition, as a subcontractor for a C.I.A. program that was investigating drugs as brainwashing and interrogation tools, Dr. Cameron gave her heavy doses of LSD. After her release Ms. Orlikow suffered from debilitating mental illness for the rest of her life. In the 1970s she joined a class-action suit against the C.I.A., but she died before a settlement was reached in 1988.

To represent the essence of this harrowing tale, Ms. Johnson has drawn lacy patterns over old family photographs to represent hallucinatory experience and created a series of doll-size bronzes representing her grandmother's psychic torment. In one her head explodes into a mushroom cloud; in another she has a squirrel's head.

Ms. Johnson has also constructed a kind of psychotic's dollhouse. Peering in the windows you see topsy-turvy furniture, a snowbound room and other signs of delusion.

While intriguing, Ms. Johnson's works remain fragmentary and elliptical, like illustrations without the text that explains them. Maybe only a written memoir could do justice to this history. But it will be interesting to see how she takes it from here. KEN JOHNSON


House on Fire is Sarah Anne Johnson's third solo exhibition in New York.

Velma Orlikow lived to see the settlement reached in 1988.

Links to additional press on House on Fire exhibition:

Time Out New York, October 22-28, 2009

The Village Voice, September 15, 2009

New York Magazine Fall Previews, August 31-September 7, 2009

Art Gallery of Ontario Acquisition Press Release, House on Fire

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Artists on New Topographies, Part 1: Mark Ruwedel

In honor of LACMA's re-staging of New Topographics, UNFRAMED invited Mark Ruwedel for an exclusive interview. Mark has photographed the topography of the American West for nearly three decades, focusing on nature’s reclamation of the land over time.

For the full interview with Edward Robinson, Associate Curator, The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, please follow this link.