Last Chance – Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton


Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton (installation view), 2021 © James Morley, RIC

Last Chance to view Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton at the Ryerson Image Centre

Three core exhibitions of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival are on view at the RIC until Saturday, December 4, 2021

Don’t miss your chance to view the works of 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award Winner, Dana Claxton. Closing Saturday, December 4, the exhibition celebrates the career of this Vancouver-based Hunkpapa Lakota photographer and filmmaker. Through her work, Claxton examines stereotypes and representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture. Featuring large-scale portraits and immense light-box displays, this selection of artworks confronts issues of colonialist appropriation and commodification through a wide-ranging exploration of the artist’s family and community in the Great Plains, Saskatchewan.

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition now.

The accompanying exhibition book Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton published by Steidl in Germany, presents over 150 images and is available for purchase in-person at the RIC and online.

Also on sale is the recently published RIC Book, Since 1839… Eleven Essays on Photography written by Clément Chéroux, Joel and Anne Ehrenjkranz Chief Curator of Photography at MoMA. This volume offers a selection of essays by the renowned photography historian and includes his take on a variety of topics, from the history of vernacular photography to the influence of documentary photography on Surrealism. The texts, published together in one volume for the first time and newly translated into English, reflect the breadth of Chéroux’s thinking, the rigor of his approach, and his endless curiosity about photographs.

Additionally, the RIC is now accepting submissions for FIVE fellowships in 2022 with up to $10,000 in funding available for research related to photography. Fellows have the opportunity to study select areas of the RIC’s photography collections first-hand. Applications are due no later than January 28, 2022 by 5:00 pm ESTlearn how to apply.

See information on our upcoming Winter 2022 exhibitions here.



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Tuesday: Tours by appointment – email for bookings
Wednesday: 12–6 pm
Thursday: 12–6 pm
Friday: 12–6 pm
Saturday: 12–6 pm
Sunday: Closed


Susan Dobson: Slide | Lecture (installation view), 2021 © James Morley, RIC


Susan Dobson: Slide | Lecture
In Slide | Lecture, Guelph-based photographer Susan Dobson reconsiders the materiality, physicality, and meaning of abandoned university slide libraries. Her precisely composed images of these outdated photographic transparencies, originally made to be projected in art history lectures, expose the canonical biases of traditional visual culture—dominated by Western male artists, while marginalizing or excluding art by those outside the establishment. Slide | Lecture gleans revelations about outdated views from these obsolete materials, hinting a way forward toward more diverse and inclusive representations.

Emmanuelle Léonard: Deployment
Montreal-based artist Emmanuelle Léonard captured the complex realities of Canada’s strategic military imperatives in the Far North during a 2018 residency. Deployment, a two-channel video accompanied by photographic portraits, focuses on the passage of time experienced by soldiers posted to the Canadian Arctic, showing everyday moments against an infinite backdrop of snow and northern night—a place where the climate crisis has intensified the national, political, and economic stakes.

Hal Wilsdon: I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden
In her photographic series I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden, Hal Wilsdon performs physical feats for the camera, from riding a pogo stick blindfolded to releasing a fire extinguisher on her face. With equal parts irreverence and homage, her photographs are inspired by the 1970s performance works of Chris Burden (who famously had himself shot) and the ridiculous stunts performed by actor Johnny Knoxville in his reality TV show Jackass. In this series of self-portraits, Wilsdon questions the gaze with which viewers consume and are fascinated by the physical danger inherent in such acts.

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