Katrin Faridani – Interconnected: From the Tap to the Lake and Back

Katrin Faridani, R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant Main Filtration Pool Side View, 2023, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist

Katrin Faridani
Interconnected: From the Tap to the Lake and Back

The Image Centre (IMC)
June 21–August 5, 2023

Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 6–8 pm

Join us for a reception and artist talk to celebrate the opening of Katrin Faridani’s new exhibition, Interconnected: From the Tap to the Lake and Back, on view in the IMC Student Gallery. The artist will be in conversation with Blake Fitzpatrick, professor in the School of Image Arts at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Free and no registration required. Please let us know if we can make any accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event.

About the Exhibition
Interconnected is a visual exploration of the Toronto wastewater system and its connection to our drinking water and to Lake Ontario. It examines the consequences of urbanization and solutions for mitigating its negative effects for better water management in the Greater Toronto Area. Through a representational approach, Katrin Faridani focuses on the path of water from her home to Lake Ontario, documenting parts of the Don River watershed, the Ashbridge’s Bay treatment plant and ultimately the Island and R. C. Harris water treatment plants, which process our drinking water from Lake Ontario and send it to our taps, thus illustrating the full cycle of water to and from the artist’s home.

Presented as a part of the DOC NOW Festival and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Recipient of the IMC Student Gallery Production Award – in memory of George Fleischmann

Katrin Faridani, R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant Turbine Room, 2022, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist

Katrin Faridani is an Iranian-Armenian photographer based in Toronto. She holds a BAA in photography from Toronto Metropolitan University and has worked as an educator and photographer for 25 years, primarily focusing on portraiture, architecture, and live performance. During the pandemic, Faridani turned her lens to her hometown of Toronto and its municipal infrastructure, in honour of her late mother who loved the city.

Blake Fitzpatrick is a professor in the School of Image Arts, and the graduate program director of the Media & Design Innovation PhD program in The Creative School. His research interests include critical landscape studies, photography and the nuclear era, and artistic responses to militarism. Fitzpatrick has exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, including the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Fitzpatrick’s writing and visual work have appeared in numerous journals and in edited collections including The Cultural Work of Photography in Canada (MQUP, 2011), Camera Atomica (AGO, 2015) and Through Post-Atomic Eyes (MQUP, 2020). He is co-editor of Critical Distance in Documentary Media (Palgrave Macmillan 2018) and contributed a chapter on the aerial image in contemporary documentary art for the volume.

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