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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

ANNIE MACDONELL: HOLDING STILL // HOLDING TOGETHER
May 4 – August 21, 2016
Curated by Gaëlle Morel
University Gallery & Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Ryerson Image Centre

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ANNIE MACDONELL: HOLDING STILL // HOLDING TOGETHER

Image caption: Annie MacDonell, video still from Holding Still // Holding Together, detail, 2016. Multi-channel installation (c) Annie MacDonell. Courtesy of the artist 

Annie MacDonell’s newly-commissioned, site-specific installation activates both the white-cube interior of the RIC’s University Gallery and the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall. Holding Still // Holding Together originates in images of passive political resistance gathered from the RIC’s Black Star Collection and other sources. At times deceptively peaceful, the photographs express an imbalance and struggle between the police officers and the limp bodies of protestors being forced to move. Despite the variety of circumstances, political situations and historical moments documented by these images, they demonstrate a clear continuity in the distorted postures of dissidents as they are taken down.

Working with choreographer Ame Henderson and six contemporary dancers, the Toronto-based artist studied and dissected these scenes of passive resistance in order to reproduce them using performance and video. MacDonell notes that “in imitating these complicated configurations of bodies … the intention is to hijack and rewrite the power relations described within them.”

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Related events:

Wednesday, May 4, 6 – 8 pm
Join us for the opening party of our exhibition season, as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Wednesday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Artist Talk with Annie MacDonell
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond Street, IMA–307
Missed the lecture? Click here to stream it
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All events take place at the RIC (33 Gould Street), unless otherwise noted. Click here for a complete listing of upcoming events.

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A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

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With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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