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PAST EXHIBITIONS

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Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness


ROBERT BURLEY: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DARKNESS

January 22 – April 13, 2014
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
Main Gallery


Robert Burley: The Disappearance of Darkness examines both the dramatic and historical demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms. The photographs taken between 2005 and 2010 speak to sites and events related to the key corporations involved in this transformation, such as Kodak, Agfa and Ilford. As an artist working in photography for the past thirty years, Burley has been both an observer and a participant in this radical transition. This exhibition addresses both the emergence of a new technology, which irrevocably changed photography, as well as the abrupt and rapid breakdown of a century old industry, which embodies the medium’s material culture.

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Phil Bergerson: Emblems and Remnants of the American Dream


PHIL BERGERSON: EMBLEMS AND REMNANTS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

January 22 – April 13, 2014
Guest Curated by David Harris
University Gallery


Since 1995, Canadian photographer Phil Bergerson has made dozens of extended road-trips, criss-crossing the United States in search of the ‘American Dream’. Drawing upon the social landscape tradition, Bergerson found his material amid the melancholic detritus of the contemporary city: in modest store window displays, hand-painted murals, graffiti, and crudely-made signs.

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Pierre Tremblay - Black Star Subject: Canada


PIERRE TREMBLAY - BLACK STAR SUBJECT: CANADA

January 22 - April 13, 2014
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall


Pierre Tremblay – Black Star Subject: Canada displays every one of the 1853 photographs filed under this heading in the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University: images of agriculture, mining, and industry; of every province and all major cities; images of Prime Ministers from Mackenzie King to John Turner; images of a nation undergoing unprecedented growth, defining itself in an era that led inevitably to globalization.

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Elisa Julia Gilmour: Something In Someone's Eye


ELISA JULIA GILMOUR: SOMETHING IN SOMEONE'S EYE

January 22 – March 2, 2014
Student Gallery


Elisa Julia Gilmour: Something In Someone’s Eye (2012) is a series of four cinematic portraits alternating between subtle movement and photographic stillness.

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MARY ANDERSON: WAV(E)S


MARY ANDERSON: WAV(E)S

March 12 – April 13, 2014
Student Gallery


Wav(e)s consists of photographs and sound recordings derived from Lake Ontario, captured with a film camera and an analog tape recorder. The analog process of each media was then digitized and transformed into opposing media — image became sound and sound became image. By their nature, these analog materials are composed of silver and magnetic particles transformed into patterns when exposed to light or sound waves.

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SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD: STAN DOUGLAS


SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD
STAN DOUGLAS

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


The stories, sites and events that Douglas explores are populist, literate and timely. Frequently, his photographs describe the overlooked histories of cultural identity, displacement and injustice that reveal an uncanny resemblance to present-day events.
This exhibition will emphasize the significance of the photographic image in the critical and historical reception of Stan Douglas’ approach to art and media.  

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CURIOUS ANARCHY: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF MAIA-MARI SUTNIK


CURIOUS ANARCHY: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION OF MAIA-MARI SUTNIK

May 1 – June 1, 2014
Instructed by Sophie Hackett and Dr. Gaëlle Morel
Student Gallery


Curious Anarchy: The Photographic Collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik displays a selection of photographic objects from the private collection of Maia-Mari Sutnik, curator, photography, special projects at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This exhibition, its accompanying publication and digital component are conceived by second-year students in the film and photography preservation and collections management master of arts program at Ryerson University.

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 WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SEEN: PHOTOGRAPHY AND QUEER VISIBILITY


WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SEEN: PHOTOGRAPHY AND QUEER VISIBILITY

June 18 – August 24, 2014
Guest Curated by Sophie Hackett
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre


Mounted in celebration of WorldPride 2014, this exhibition addresses the importance of visibility, long tied to the campaign for greater acceptance of those in the gay community. Representation of queer people in mass media outlets has undeniably increased over the last four decades, as have LGBT rights; and photography has played a key role in this.

Presented by TD Bank Group

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 ZANELE MUHOLI: FACES AND PHASES


ZANELE MUHOLI: FACES AND PHASES

June 18 – August 24, 2014
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
University Gallery
, Ryerson Image Centre

Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases (2006 – ongoing) aims to address the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. This ongoing series of large black and white photographs includes more than 240 portraits, of which 36 are exhibited at the RIC to coincide with the celebration of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto. This exhibition was also a Primary Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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BENNY NEMEROFSKY RAMSAY AND ALEESA COHENE: THE SAME PROBLEM 5


ALEESA COHENE AND BENNY NEMEROFSKY RAMSAY: THE SAME PROBLEM 5  

June 18 – August 24, 2014
Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall
, Ryerson Image Centre

Acclaimed Canadian media artists Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay present the latest instalment of an ongoing collaborative project. The Same Problem 5 explores questions of the ego and memory within a reconstruction of deeply felt media experiences. This exhibition was also a Public Installation of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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JULIE GEMUEND: IMPRINT


JULIE GEMUEND: IMPRINT

June 18 – July 13, 2014
Student Gallery


Using the artist’s own body as both conduit and canvas, the project explores the intrinsic nature of this dynamic by imprinting the desert landscape onto human flesh. Tapping into the elements of the natural world, the imprint brings harmony to the inner and outer landscapes within the human being.

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WYNNE NEILLY: FEMALE TO "MALE"


WYNNE NEILLY: FEMALE TO "MALE"

July 23 – August 24, 2014
Student Gallery
, Ryerson Image Centre

Female to “Male” is a self-portrait project documenting the artist’s transition from female to “male” through weekly photographs, recorded vocal changes, documents and objects that represent a segment or moment in his gender exploration. The project offers an intimate view into the physical, psychological, medical and financial changes Neilly has undergone to shape and explore his gender.

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JUDY RUZYLO: THE ORDER OF THINGS


JUDY RUZYLO: THE ORDER OF THINGS

July 23 – August 24, 2014
University Gallery Reading Room
, Ryerson Image Centre

This video installation explores the relations between gender, identity and society, using the observations and lived experience of a diverse group of transgender individuals. Reframing the image as an encounter with the viewer, the work challenges us to consider that the ways in which we do not understand are as important as the ways we do.

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