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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

CURIOUS ANARCHY: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF MAIA-MARI SUTNIK
May 1 – June 1, 2014
Instructors: Sophie Hackett and Dr. Gaëlle Morel
Student Gallery

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“Photography does not behave”
– Maia-Mari Sutnik, curator, photography – special projects, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)


Curious Anarchy
displays a selection of photographic objects from the private collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik, who has played a pivotal role in the development of the photography collection at the AGO. Sutnik’s diverse and inclusive collection ranges from playful assortments of postcards to soberly mastered prints, framing the evolution of photography since its inception. In looking at photographic objects, we encounter what noted photographer and critic Geoffrey James calls a “curious anarchy that exists in the world of photography.” Sutnik’s vast and eclectic collection is similarly revealing.

This exhibition, its accompanying publication and digital component aim to reveal the inherently surreal qualities of photographs in Sutnik’s collection. The exhibition is conceived by second-year students in the film and photography preservation and collections management master of arts program at Ryerson University.

Generously supported by the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Foundation.


Related events:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 @ 6 - 8pm

Please join us at a reception to celebrate the exhibition.
Click here for the official invite.

CURIOUS ANARCHY: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF MAIA-MARI SUTNIK

Image caption: Clarke & Hyde, Armour Plated Eyes, 1915, gelatin silver print. Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik, Toronto. Photo by Laura Margaret Ramsey.

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