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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
STAN DOUGLAS

May 1 – June 1, 2014
Guest Curated by Robert Bean
Main Gallery

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The work of Stan Douglas affirms the validity and volatility of photography at this decisive moment in the history of art and media. The continuous fluctuations in optical technology, the reduction of images to data and the everyday use of photographs in social media have resulted in challenging questions regarding how images are made, used and distributed.

The stories, sites and events that Douglas investigates are familiar and historically situated. His work explores the vestiges of culture and memory through the mediated experience of photography and film. Frequently, the images describe the overlooked histories of cultural identity, displacement and injustice, revealing an uncanny resemblance to present-day events. Utilizing recombinant narratives and pictorial strategies, Douglas pursues the effects of anachronism to inscribe past events onto contemporary contexts. The photographs, employing a labyrinth of invention and meaning, examine the technological apparatus from which they are constructed. This is achieved through his discerning attention to photography as both medium and subject.

Stan Douglas’s documentary photographs affirm the authenticity of the locations they describe. The layered meanings these images acquire when presented in the context of fictionalized historical narratives reposition documentary photography in a paradoxical relationship with other media. The tension between fact and fiction, a basis for all documentary art, encourages the spectator to create and participate in the meaning of the work.

Presented by Scotiabank
Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre
In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
 


Related events:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
3-7pm
Exhibition Preview (Ryerson Image Centre)
7:30pm
, Kodak Lecture Series: Stan Douglas (LIB-72, 350 Victoria Street)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 6pm

Exhibition tour with guest curator Robert Bean

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.


SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD: STAN DOUGLAS

Image caption: Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012 digital C-print mounted on Dibond. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Victoria Miro, London

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