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Lee Henderson, To Step From Shadow Into the Warmth of the Sun (detail), photographic installation, dimensions variable, 2017

Lee Henderson
To Step From Shadow Into the Warmth of the Sun

May 4 – June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 5, 12:00-2:00 PM, Lee Henderson and Erin Siddall in conversation with Leila Timmins
Workshop: Touching Other People’s Things instructed by Lee Henderson, Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 PM
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120

It has been said that it is impossible to take a bad photograph of Iceland. While this is quite possibly true, Henderson takes this prompt as a dare. Photography as a once-specialized medium is currently struggling to redefine its identity in the midst of its own ubiquity and the “idea” of Iceland, meanwhile, is also in existential tumult, as tourism explodes and a digitally imaged Iceland (read: romanticized, aestheticized, selective) circulates ever more prominently online. To Step From Shadow Into the Warmth of the Sun is an interrogation of the mimetic impulse; an exhibition fueled by media's curious ability to collapse time and space as it seeks to measure them; an unearthing of the ontological consequences of the travelogue; and a suspicion that "presence", however alluring, is always unrepresentable.

Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


Lee Henderson is a contemporary artist whose practice includes video, photography, installation, sculpture, performance, and text. His work moves in constant contemplation of death, in senses grand and minute, between the persistence of collective histories and the brevity of individual lives… but it’s funny, the way “King Lear” is funny. Lee studied art in Canada and Germany, with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design (2003) and an MFA from the University of Regina (2005). He teaches art and media in Toronto at OCAD and Ryerson. Recent projects include "Fixing a Novel by Removing all the Adjectives", a single, mirror-polished brick in a cellar somewhere under Berlin (Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, 2014); "The Known Effects of Lightning on the Body", an installed projection of burning matches that “bow” as they exhaust themselves (YYZ, 2014; The Rooms, 2015; Nuit Blanche Edmonton, 2015); and "Palliative Care (1985-1992)", an installation featuring a supercut of every reference to death in TV’s “The Golden Girls” (Latitude53, 2016). Henderson was the recipient of the CONTACT 2016 Foundation Emmanuelle Gattuso Prize for "Never Letting Us Take Breath", an automated slide-lecture and installation of photographs offering a meditation on the photo-archive and human mortality (Zalucky Contemporary, 2016). In 2017 he was Visiting Artist at Open Studio Toronto, and Canadian Artist in Residence at Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland.

Erin Siddall, Proving Ground: Nevada, Peace Camp 1, 2016

Erin Siddall
Proving Ground: Nevada, Toronto

May 4 – June 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 4, 6:00-8:00 PM
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120

Proving Ground: Nevada, Toronto considers the problem of how to represent the unrepresentable in relation to images in the current ‘post-nuclear’ era of instability and escalating nuclear risk. Uranium glass dishware was placed and photographed on the archaeological remains at the site of the now inactive iconic Cold War era anti-nuclear protest camp adjacent to the Mercury Nuclear test site in Nevada. Uranium was routinely mined in northern Canada and refined near Toronto providing colour for depression-era dishware, and later as enrichment for nuclear weapons development. The green glow the dishes emit is the result of light shone to detect the normally imperceptible radioactivity. The problematic materiality of the dishes is revealed through documentation: an invisible threat to the body is in contrast to the objects’ benign domesticity and calls up the now absent bodies of the former protestors as an imperative reminder to re-inhabit the spaces of protest.


Erin Siddall is a Visual Artist who works primarily with film, video, photography and installation which interrogates the viewer into thinking about looking rather than what they are looking at. Her work investigates fraught interactions between the body and machines that mediate or alter perception. Siddall’s work creates a blurred overlap of digital and analog interfaces revealing the uneasy space between the body and apparatuses. She further researches corporeal experiences of media, which includes the problem of how archival or real-world objects speak when translated through these interfaces. Siddall is an outgoing Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2011). Siddall has screened and shown galleries, festivals and galleries such as Access Gallery, Satellite Gallery, The Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Your Kontinent Media Arts Festival, Winsor Gallery, and the Burrard Art Foundation Studio.

Gallery 44 is open Tuesday to Saturday 11AM to 5PM | Free admission
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.

Gallery 44 is committed to programs that reflect the continuously changing definition of photography by presenting a wide range of practices that engage timely and critical explorations of the medium. Through exhibitions, public engagement, education programs and production facilities our objective is to explore the artistic, cultural, historic, social and political implications of the image in our ever-expanding visual world.

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
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