With the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival once again taking over the streets and galleries of Toronto, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art (MOCCA) are staging exhibitions at MOCCA that prompt visitors to consider where photography came from, and where it’s going.
Aboriginal artist Wanda Nanibush believes that all artists already live in, and are creating, the “Fifth World.” “The Fifth World is a place where this new consciousness is being born, and people are re-connecting to the land,” she said in an interview with NGC Magazine. “It comes out of the Hopi prophecy which says that, at some point, we have to make a choice between destruction and reconnection.”
“All three of them are very interested in history,” says Andrea Kunard. “How we remember things or how we don’t; how photography can be a transcription of events for the future, but also leaves so much unspoken.” Yet, she adds, “they are all very different in their approaches to photography and have produced distinct bodies of work.” Kunard, Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada, is referring to the shortlisted photographers for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award: Rafael Goldchain, Angela Grauerholz, and Isabelle Hayeur.
Continuing her exploration of the concepts of sisterhood and women who live on the margins of the dominant culture, Winnipeg artist Dominique Rey spent a decade immersing herself in the lives of a disappearing order of nuns: Les Filles de la Croix.
In this video, NGC Director of Conservation and Technical Research, Stephen Gritt, discusses the restoration of Michiel Coxcie's Susanna and the Elders (c. 1550–1559).
Presented by Irving Oil and co-organized with The Rooms, St. John's, NL, the Masterpiece in Focus exhibition, Mary Pratt: This Little Painting is on view at the National Gallery of Canada until January 4, 2016.
Jonathan Shaughnessy, the NGC’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, and Mireille Eagan, Curator of Contemporary Art at The Rooms, St. John's, NL, discuss the Masterpiece in Focus exhibition Mary Pratt: This Little Painting.
Opening night for the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, 2015. The exhibition is on view at the National Gallery of Canada until August 30, 2015.
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