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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

THE DARKROOM PROJECT: TALOYOAK, 1972–1973 
January 18 – February 26, 2017
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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THE DARKROOM PROJECT: TALOYOAK, 1972–1973

Image caption: Pamela Harris, Selena Tucktoo in darkroom, Taloyoak, 1973, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, gift of Randall McLeod, 2012 © Pamela Harris

Related events:

Wednesday, January 18, 6 – 8 pm: Join us for the exhibitions opening party, and a chance to tour our new exhibitions

February 8, 6:30 pm: Exhibition Talk featuring Katherine Minich in conversation with Alex Robichaud

All events take place at the RIC (33 Gould Street), unless otherwise noted. Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events.

 

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Join us to celebrate our fall exhibitions, including Weegee: Murder Is My Business, Jorge Lozano: MOVING STILL_still life and William Davis and Michael Markieta: Geographies of Urban Form.

In 1972, American-Canadian photographer Pamela Harris first visited ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ (Taloyoak), Nunavut (then Spence Bay, Northwest Territories), and started to conceive of a space where the community could develop film and print photographs without the help of distant photo labs. What came to be known as The Darkroom Project did not introduce the people of Taloyoak to photography, but as Harris noted: “Since they already had it, they should also have power over it, the power that comes from being able to do things oneself.” During her second visit to Taloyoak the following year, Harris secured the necessary materials and with the help of several members of the community, including Selena Tucktoo, Theresa Quaqjuaq and Ootookee (Tookie) Takolik, built a darkroom in the local women’s craft workshop.

Divided in three sections, The Darkroom Project presents works by these four photographers along with archival documents and correspondence, selected from a collection now at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition intends to provide a counter-narrative on the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples, Inuit women in particular. The gallery’s west wall offers a dialogue between photographs that raises questions about shared subjects and aesthetics, revealing instances of daily life in Taloyoak. On the east wall, one section focuses on The Darkroom Project, its origins and outputs, while the other section, titled The Spence Bay Project, presents an exhibition produced by Tucktoo, Quaqjuaq, and Takolik during the Arctic Women’s Workshop held in Toronto in 1974.

As a group of non-Indigenous students, we remain aware that the dominant view of the North has historically been defined by the South. We have thus aimed to privilege the perspective of the Inuit participants in The Darkroom Project wherever possible. We are grateful to Pamela Harris, Selena Tucktoo, James Eetoolik, Katherine Minich and the Toronto Inuit Association for their insight and expertise as we prepared this project.

The exhibition, accompanying publication and digital project were created by the second year Masters students in the Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management Program, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

www.thedarkroomproject.net

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With generous support of:

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