Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher 2019


Lily Yunru Lü, Being Between Spaces (2019)


Opening Reception: Thursday, July 4, 2019 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: July 2 – July 26, 2019
Location: Artscape Youngplace, 2nd Floor Hallway Gallery. 180 Shaw Street, Toronto ON

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCADU is pleased to present a Photography Exhibition by the recipients of the 2019 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher. Congratulations to those who have been selected!

The exhibition will be held on the 2nd floor of Artscape Youngplace and presents recent work by the artists:

Sabrina Carrizo Sztainbok:
Margaret Cornell Kirk:
Lily Yunru Lü:
Bidemi Oloyede:
Alejandro Rizzo Nervo:


Bidemi Oloyede, Jah Grey (2019) / Alejandro Rizzo Nervo, Dismissing Knowledge (2019)

The artists in the 2019 Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher Photography Exhibition produce work that is characterized by difference: both in the range of forms, mediums and subject matter that their photographs take on; and in the deeper explorations of difference and sameness that their photographs engage in. The artists use photography as a tool to ask questions about how we conceptualize difference, how we remember difference, how it has historically been fabricated and how it may inform our own identities, lineages and family histories near and far. Together, the works produce a conversation with a much further reach than just the walls of the gallery. Margaret Cornell Kirk’s photos explore her identity as the able-bodied daughter of a disabled mother and how this informed her understanding of disability. Sabrina Carrizo Sztainbok also engages with ideas of familial difference and sameness through her digitally fabricated images of twins that investigate contrived individuality. Bidemi Oloyede and Lily Yunru Lü each look to instances of racial othering, both historical and current, to produce images that allow a re-imagining of history and a creation of potential futures – Oloyede through his production of a contemporary Black archive that resists historical depictions of Black people, and Lü through her restaging of traditional Chinese paintings with female-identifying, Asian-Canadian models. Alejandro Rizzo Nervo also looks to his lineage in his work, digitally collaging images of the current political climate in Venezuela as a way of retracing his family’s history and addressing the differences between his memory of the country and its current political crisis.

– text by Dallas Fellini


Sabrina Carrizo Sztainbok, party (2019) / Margaret Cornell Kirk, Untitled (2019)

Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON M5T 1W1