2020 Online Spring Workshops at Gallery 44

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Image courtesy of Jessica Thalmann

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
ONLINE SPRING WORKSHOPS

DECONSTRUCTING IMAGES AND PERSONAL ARCHIVES | CRITICALITY OF DIGITAL IMAGES AS TOOLS FOR ARTMAKING
Saturday, May 9, 1PM EDT

Instructor: Julius Poncelet Manapul

For this online workshop, Julius will explore the way archived photos and digital data images inform his art practice and execution of work. This workshop will identify strategies on the critical use of images, whether they come from personal, archived photographs or digital images that travel through web and social media. It is a chance to contemplate cultural and social habits and patterns on how digital and online images can impact our own art practice through global interactions and exchanges of the documented image, especially during these tough times of isolation.

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IN DEFENSE OF THE POOR IMAGE
Saturday, May 23, 12PM EDT

Instructor: Jessica Thalmann

This online workshop re-examines and celebrates the much maligned low res, pixelated or “poor” image. Based on Hito Steyerl’s text of the same name, in this digital class we will make connections between photographers and artists who glitch, compress, reproduce, rip and remix their images to create something new. Using a video conferencing app, Thalmann will present a mini-lecture on artists including Nam June Paik, Thomas Ruff, Assaf Shaham, Sara Cwynar, Raymond Boisjoly, et cetera. Then participants will be guided through the creation of work of art using their own imagery. Technical demonstrations will focus on using a flatbed scanner and other internet-based tools to manipulate, distort and complicate analogue images.

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Our online workshops are being offered at a sliding scale with the suggested amounts:

$20 – G44 Members
$25 – Non G44 Members
$15 – Non G44 Members/G44 Members with COVID Reduced Income

Kindly e-mail lfatemi@gallery44.org for workshop registration.


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Image courtesy of Quill Christie-Peters

Gallery 44 is pleased to present the first of three texts by 2019/2020 Writer-in-Residence Quill Christie-Peters.

VISUAL CULTURE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

Most of Canada is being pulled to feel the sensation of standing at the edge of the world. Despite the settler colonial structures that keep certain people protected along white supremacist, capitalist, ableist, ageist and heteropatriarchal lines of privilege, COVID-19 feels as though it has the potential to reach everyone. But so many of us have lived at the edge of the world for so long. The Anishinaabeg, the people I come from, have stood at the edge of the world for generations. The clutches of climate collapse, the relentless storm of environmental racism and the ongoing project of settler colonial genocide have rendered many of our bodies disposable and the targets of destruction from a violent settler state. And now, even within this moment of pandemic, even within this moment of great pause, the settler state continues its operations, pushing some of us to the peripheries while maintaining capitalist expansion as usual. Despite it all, we have always built worlds that can hold us. We have always built worlds at the edge of yours.

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Quill Christie-Peters is an Anishinaabe arts programmer and self-taught visual artist currently residing in Northwestern Ontario. She currently works as the Director of Education and Training for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective where she is coordinating the Emerging Curatorial Training Program. She is the creator of the Indigenous Youth Residency Program, an artist residency for Indigenous youth that engages land-based creative practices through Anishinaabe artistic methodologies. She holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance on Anishinaabe art-making as a process of falling in love and sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts. Her written work can be found in GUTS Magazine and Tea N’ Bannock and her visual work can be found at @raunchykwe.

Gallery 44 hosts an annual writer-in-residence to provide a platform for emergent conversations in the expanded field of photography. The texts sometimes respond to themes relating to the exhibitions or programming themes or at times diverge in ways that can offer new insights to the contemporary visual field.


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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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