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Morning Light, Kate’s Cottage (left) and Born This Way/Whole, from the series Allergic to Lilacs.

Open Exhibition | 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Tanya Louise Workman
Allergic to Lilacs
An installation of images + audio

May 4 - June 2, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, May 4, 6 - 8 PM
Closing listening event/talk: Saturday, June 2, 2 – 3:30 PM

Gallery 44 Members’ Gallery
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120, Toronto

About the exhibition:

"I went into the attic to look for photographic possibilities and instead encountered myself — in the shadows and in the marks on the walls, and, eventually, baring what needed to be seen.” – Tanya Louise Workman

What happens when you reluctantly turn the lens on yourself?
What does it mean to be seen and heard?
What is silenced by perception?

In this first solo installation from interdisciplinary artist Tanya Louise Workman, suspended images on backlit film are paired with fragments from intimate audio diaries. While many of the images arose during a “Personal Story” photography workshop, the voice recordings came later, as Workman began to question what her photographs really communicated – to others and to herself – and what exists for all of us both inside and outside the frame.

An audio preview is available on SoundCloud.

About the artist:

Tanya Louise Workman is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, storytelling facilitator and journalist who works with images, audio and text to unravel relationships between our interior and exterior selves. Most recently she has been experimenting with the use of sound and spoken word to explore the connections between embodied experience and voice, and to engage more intimately with the listener/viewer.

Workman holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University, a post-graduate certificate in creative writing from the Humber School for Writers and a photojournalism diploma from Loyalist College. She is currently a candidate in the low-residency MFA program at Maine Media College + Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Her photographic, multimedia and audio work has been exhibited and screened internationally and in spaces across Toronto, including at Slideluck Potshow and Open Show Toronto, and with PhotoSensitive, Project Re•Vision and Workman Arts. Her first radio doc, “What Happened to Your Face?,” aired on CBC Radio One’s The Doc Project in 2015. She has recently been accepted into the Akin / MOCA studio program.

Contact info:
Phone: 416.931.8448
Artist website:
Twitter: @tanyaworkman
Instagram: @tanyalouiseworkman

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.

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