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Michèle Pearson Clarke, Gloria, July 23, 2018, archival ink jet print, 2018

A Welcome Weight on My Body
Michèle Pearson Clarke

Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 13, 2018
Opening Reception: September 7, 6 - 8PM
Brunch Talk (Michèle Pearson Clarke in conversation with Lily Cho and Leila Timmins): September 8, 12 - 2PM

During her recent yearlong residency at Gallery 44 (2016-17), Michèle Pearson Clarke focused on the relationship between texture and sound and listening and touching and feeling and looking and seeing Blackness that has led to her current preoccupation with analogue photography. Despite photography’s problematic historical relationship with representing Blackness, Clarke has been compelled by her ongoing research on affect and black visuality—as well as her own experiences of looking at Blackness in a photograph—to enrich her practice by learning to produce photographic images using film. Building on her investments in vulnerability, failure and repair, A Welcome Weight on My Body documents this shift from theory to practice, centering the learning process as a site of inquiry and investigation.


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Michèle Pearson Clarke, Marc and Carla, July 23, 2018, archival ink jet print, 16 x 16 inches, 2018

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Michèle Pearson Clarke (b. 1973) is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Her work has been shown across Canada and internationally, including recent exhibitions at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Mercer Union, ltd los angeles, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Ryerson Image Centre. Based in Toronto, she holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and she received her MFA from Ryerson University in 2015, when she was awarded both the Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal and the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design. From 2016-2017, Clarke was artist-in-residence at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, and she was the EDA Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough for the Winter term 2018. Clarke’s writing has been published in Canadian Art and Transition Magazine, and she is currently teaching in the Documentary Media Studies program at Ryerson University.

Michèle wishes to express sincere appreciation for the Access and Career Development Grant funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


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Joële Walinga, Puberty in Florida, Video Still, 2018

In the same breath
Alicia Nauta + Joële Walinga

VITRINES
Exhibition Dates: September 7 – October 13, 2018
Opening Reception: September 7, 6 - 8PM

This exhibition investigates the transference of memory from one living thing to another. In the same breath documents Nauta and Walinga speaking their most intimate memories to plants, capturing these interactions in a series of silent videos and cyanotype prints. Exploring the possibility that plants can retain memory and hold emotions, cuttings from these plants are distilled, creating scents to accompany the works and offering intimate possibilities for engaging the natural world.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY:

Alicia Nauta is an artist based in Toronto. She makes screenprinted posters, prints, wallpaper, books, zines, printed textiles and other multiples. Her focus is on analog ways of making, using xerox material culled from older publications to create collaged compositions. The collages reflect on the dualities and exchanges present in all forms of human and natural life: with light, there is darkness; with progress, there is decline. Environmental degradation, the crumbling of civilization, abstracted and psychedelic reality, and human belonging are key themes that are explored. Her work has been shown at the AGO, Artscape Youngplace, Art Metropole, Burnaby Public Library (BC), Printed Matter (US) and Koganecho Art Centre (JP). She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio, and teaches screenprinting and other DIY workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the AGO Youth Free After Three program.

Joële Walinga is a Toronto-based visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores subjective experience, outsidership, and the aesthetics of empowerment. Her work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Narwhal Contemporary, Xpace Cultural Centre, The Roundtable Residency and Wendy’s Subway, and has been featured in Canadian Art, CBC Arts, Art Matters, Daily VICE and POV Magazine among others. Her 2018 feature documentary “God Straightens Legs” had its world premiere at DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver in May, and she is currently in production on a documentary about The Dragon Academy in Toronto.


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
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
www.gallery44.org
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Gallery 44 is wheelchair accessible.

For further details, please contact:
Heather Rigg
Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs
heather@gallery44.org
416.979.3941 ext. 3

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