Charles Henry Turner, Sand Dunes (detail), c. 1980. Courtesy of the Archive of Modern Conflict.
Opening reception: May 1, 7-10pm
Exhibition open to the public: May 2, 2013
Photographic archives invite us to piece together historical narrative, making sense of a time and place through the visual documents left behind. This exhibition provides a rare glimpse into the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC), an organization whose collection and exhibition practices challenge us to reassess the very foundations of how we visualize the past and present. For the AMC, the “task is to engage with and constantly reassess the legacy of the incoming photographic stream—to capture something of its metamorphosis.”
Michael Snow, The Viewing of Six New Works, 2012. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Opening reception: May 1, 2013, 7-10pm
Ilit Azoulay,Tree, For, Too, One, 2010/13 Special Edition, Courtesy Andrea Meislin Gallery.
Presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Supported by Gluskin Sheff + Associates
Ilit Azoulay invites us into her eccentric archive, reminiscent of the exotic collections found in cabinets of curiosities, the precursors to the modern museum. What appears to be a logical grouping of real items displayed on a wall soon reveals itself to be a complex, photographic construction of seemingly unrelated objects, some life-size, some gigantic, others rendered in miniature. With Tree, For, Too, One (2010/13 Special Edition) we are confronted by the limitations of our vision as we gaze upon this impossible, wondrous scene.