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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (launch party), 2017, Ryerson Image Centre © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

Please join us on Friday, April 27, 7:00–11:00 pm at the Ryerson Image Centre for the launch of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

This season, the RIC is pleased to present work by three contemporary Indigenous artists: Shelley Niro, Nadia Myre and Scott Benesiinaabandan

Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro
This exhibition celebrates the career of Shelley Niro, winner of the 2017 Scotiabank Photography Award, known for challenging stereotypes and exploring notions of culture and identity with sensitivity and humour. A member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan, Niro combines beadwork designs, archival images, family pictures, videos, and installation to question traditional representations of Indigenous peoples, with a particular focus on womanhood. This exhibition is presented by Scotiabank and organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Nadia Myre: Acts that Fade Away
On view on the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, this silent video features the artist’s hands and forearms filmed from above as she carefully manipulates the needles, threads, patterns, beads, and tools necessary to craft four Indigenous-inspired objects. These include a pair of baby moccasins, a small basket, a woman’s hair bonnet, and a bandolier bag—guided only by instructions pulled from nineteenth-century women’s magazines. Through the reappropriation of instructions and gestures drawn from European and North American illustrated publications, Myre reclaims Indigenous skills and crafts devalued by colonization. A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Scott Benesiinaabandan
newlandia: debaabaminaagwad
Scott Benesiinaabandan (Obishikokaang Anishinaabe First Nation) explores the historical complexities that are often buried under the metaphorical weight of monuments that commemorate colonial stories. As part of his ongoing series newlandia: debaabaminaagwad, abstracted imagery in the form of a shadow-like silhouette will be adhered to the sidewalk adjacent to Ryerson University’s contested Egerton Ryerson statue. Other fragmented patterns will be conformed to the irregular surfaces of the boulders in nearby Devonian Pond, recalling Indigenous petroglyphs and ancient ceremonial sites. Benesiinaabandan’s installation offers a new interpretation of this historically-charged site, framing powerful and imaginative trajectories for a possible future. A public installation of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


Also on view in the RIC Student Gallery

Ryan Walker: Voices in the Wilderness
This exhibition documents one small island in the Salish Sea, British Columbia, a remote community that is home to 350 people who live off-grid.


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Shelley Niro, Red Heels Hard (detail), 1991, Toned gelatin silver print with applied paint. Courtesy of the artist

Events, talks and tours

May 9, 7:00 pm
Artist Talk with Shelley Niro*
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University (122 Bond Street, IMA-307)

May 30, 7:00 pm
Curator Talk with Ryan Rice*
How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University (122 Bond Street, IMA-307)

June 13, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Tour
Join artist Shelley Niro on a tour of her Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition. Niro will be joined by Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre.

June 20, 6:00–8:00 pm
Student Gallery Opening Party and Artist Talk
Cynthia Johnston: Ceydie

July 11, 6:00 pm
Artist Workshop with Ruth Kaplan
The Making of a Photographic Book

July 18, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Tour
Join artist Shelley Niro on a tour of her Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition. Niro will be joined by Gaëlle Morel, Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre.

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street) unless otherwise noted. The RIC is an accessible space.

* Events marked with asterisks require registration via www.eventbrite.ca


Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ADMISSION IS FREE
Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30pm

www.ryersonimagecentre.ca
416-979-5164
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