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The Bytown Museum presents two exhibitions, a bilingual catalogue launch and special opening activity.

MANY GUISES: Contemporary Self-Portraits
DE MULTIPLES FACETTES: autoportraits contemporains  
 
Rosalie FAVELL, Chantal GERVAIS, Marie-Jeanne MUSIOL, Pedro ISZTIN, Jeff THOMAS, Justin WONNACOTT
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LIKENESS:
Historic Photographs from the Bytown Museum Collection
RESSEMBLANCE:
photographies historiques de la collection du Musée Bytown


September 25 to December 31, 2010
Guest curator: Judith Parker

 
OPENING: Friday, September 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
 
PHOTO-BOOTH
There will be a free photo-booth at the Bytown Museum on opening night ONLY.
The museum invites everyone to participate in the museum’s Community Self-Portrait. The photo-booth makes two self-portrait strips: one for people to take home and one for the museum’s Community Self-Portrait Wall.

ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION with the Artists: Thursday, October 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm

CURATOR’S TALK: Friday, October 29 @ 12:00 noon


Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5P6
Located next to the Rideau Canal (between Parliament Hill & Chateau Laurier Hotel)
www.bytownmuseum.ca
Telephone: 613.234.4570

For more information and sample photographs, please contact:

Mike Steinhauer      
Director | Bytown Museum
T 613-234-4570 x 224
mikesteinhauer@bytownmuseum.ca

MANY GUISES: Contemporary Self-Portraits + LIKENESS: Historic Photographs from the Bytown Museum Collection

This two-part exhibition features both a contemporary and a historic component. The main exhibition Many Guises: Contemporary Self-Portraits constitutes the Bytown Museum’s participation in Festival X 2010, Ottawa Photography Festival, and reflects the museum’s recently expanded mission to ‘explore the stories and values of an evolving city and its residents from its first inhabitants and the early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa’. The historical exhibition Likeness: Historic Photographs from the Bytown Museum Collection displays early photographic portraits from the museum’s collection selected for their relevance to the contemporary self-portraits and for their aesthetic quality.

Many Guises: Contemporary Self-Portraits gathers six artists from Ottawa/Gatineau under the curatorial theme of the self-portrait expressed as a dual-image photograph. Through the pairing or juxtaposing of two images, either in a diptych or single image format, Rosalie Favell, Chantal Gervais, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Pedro Isztin, Jeff Thomas and Justin Wonnacott expand a narrative reading of the self-portrait.

Their photographs encompass a variety of creative techniques and examine a range of topics including the ritual of the art gallery opening in Three Way Portrait Experiment –Justin Wonnacott and Caleb Abbott with Jazmin Lazdins (2007) by Wonnacott, the Eurocentric legacy of museum collections and public statues from a First Nations perspective in The Artist in Her Museum: The Collector (2005) by Favell and in Reconciliation: Scouting for Indians #3 (2010) by Thomas, the representation of the human body through advanced medical imaging technology in Untitled (2008) from Les maux non dits series by Gervais, the exploration of the creative process and life’s journey in Now Here and Nowhere (2003-07) by Isztin, and as a metaphor for the immaterial energy present in all living matter in Self-Portrait (2003) by Musiol.

Likeness: Historic Photographs
from the Bytown Museum Collection presents thirteen portraits dating from 1800 to 1910, including several pre-photographic silhouette portraits such as Mary Haines (1800) black ink on paper. Early photographic portraits include Daguerreotype of a Middle Aged Man (n/d) and Portrait of MacDonald from the Isles who visited Bytown in the early days, ambrotype (n/d). Group portraits include Staff at Jarvis [Photographic] Studio (c.1892) and a Victorian fancy dress role playing enactment The Discovery of Canada by Jacques Cartier, 1524-1536, Historical Ball (1896), among others.

BIOGRAPHIES

Artists


Rosalie Favell, born Winnipeg, Manitoba, Métis (Cree/English), lives in Ottawa. She obtained a BA in Photographic Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto in 1984, anMFA from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1998, and PhD (ABD) from Carleton University, Ottawa in 2009.  Her work is held in the National Gallery of Canada and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, New York, N.Y., and other collections.     

Chantal Gervais, born Val d’Or, Quebec, lives in Ottawa. She received a BFA in photography from the University of Ottawa in 1993, and an MA in Art and Media Practice from the University of Westminster, London, England in 2003. In 2002 she was awarded the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council for the Arts.   

Pedro Isztin, born Gatineau, Quebec, lives in Ottawa. Isztin studied photography at the Ottawa School of Art from 1989 to 1991. His bi-cultural outlook, inherited from his Colombian mother and Hungarian father, fuelled travels across the Americas. Isztin’swork is held in several public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, and Light Work, Syracuse, N.Y. 

Marie-Jeanne Musiol, born Switzerland, lives in Gatineau, Quebec. She obtained an MA in Études françaises from the Université de Montréal in 1974 and BA in Visual Art from the University of Ottawa in 1978. Her artist’s books and photographs are held in public collections including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Jeff Thomas, born Buffalo, New York, USA, member of the Iroquoian-Onondaga nation, lives in Ottawa. In 1998, Thomas was awarded the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2003 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He received the Karsh Award for Excellence in Photography from the City of Ottawa in 2008. His work is held in the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of the American Indian.   

Justin Wonnacott, born Belleville, Ontario, lives in Ottawa. He received the Karsh Award for Excellence in Photography from the City of Ottawa in 2005, and was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2009. His work is held in public collections including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa.

Curator

Judith Parker, born London, England, lives in Ottawa. She obtained a BA Hon. in Visual Art (1976) and a BA Hon. in Contemporary Art History (1979) from the University of Ottawa.  As an independent writer/curator she often champions Ottawa artists who work in photography. She recently produced a film about Juan Geuer.

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