Maximum Exposure 25th Anniversary // Digital Exhibition


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Maximum Exposure 25th Anniversary // DIGITAL EXHIBITION @
Presented by the Ryerson School of Image Arts

Exhibition Dates: April 30 – May 14 2020


Maximum Exposure is an annual year end exhibition that showcases the work of the best young emerging Canadian and international artists attending Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. In past years, the event transformed all 4 floors of the Image Arts building into a series of diverse exhibition spaces. In its twenty-fifth year, Maximum Exposure seeks to recognize students and their creativity via digital exhibition, mirroring other art institutions and student initiatives who are now thrust into finding novel ways of celebrating student artists. In keeping with our original vision, MX 25 will expand on past years and put a new focus on the future of image making from Ryerson students.

The exhibition will be opened by a panel discussion presented by Converge Lecture series.

Panel Discussion: Representation and Photography

In coordination with Maximum Exposure’s year-end online exhibition event, Converge Lecture Series is pleased to announce our upcoming panel discussion event on April 30, 2020 – Representation and Photography: Subjectivity, Collaboration and Ethics. Via Zoom, Converge will host artist, writer, educator and Toronto’s current Photo Laureate Michele Pearson Clarke, in discussion with writer and educator Laurence Butet-Roch and artist Shellie Zhang. Our panellists will discuss representation, social issues, the role of the artist, and more, followed by questions from the audience.

All lectures are open to the public, accessible to all bodies, welcoming to all faiths and backgrounds and 100% free!


Michele Pearson Clarke
Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist, writer and educator working in photography, film, video and installation. She holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and she received her MFA from Ryerson University in 2015. Clarke is currently a contract lecturer in the Documentary Media Studies program at Ryerson University, and the Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto (2019-2022).

Laurence Butet-Roch
Laurence Butet-Roch is pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies at York, where she analyzes the discourses advanced by the visual narratives associated with environmental contamination and systemic environmental racism in Canada and looks back at the work she’s produced as a photographer in places where communities must navigate a tense, complex and often conflicting, relation with resource extraction such as Thetford Mines and Aamjiwnaang First Nation. This follows the completion of a Master of Digital Media at Ryerson University that explored how to foster a more generative and inclusive interactive media landscape, where people usually kept to the margins can share their stories in ways that respect and reflect their storytelling traditions. She now teaches Interactive Storytelling at her Alma Mater, while continuing to write about photography for publications such as Aperture, The British Journal of Photography, PhotoLife, Point of View and many others.

Shellie Zhang
Shellie Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. By uniting both past and present iconography with the techniques of mass communication, language and sign, Zhang’s work deconstructs notions of tradition, gender, the diaspora, and popular culture while calling attention to these subjects in the context and construction of a multicultural society. She is interested in exploring how integration, diversity and assimilation are implemented and negotiated, how this relates to lived experiences, how culture is learned, relearned and sustained, and how things are remembered and preserved.

Smokestack Studios, Toronto Image Works, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Edward Burtynsky, Nikon, Pikto, Downtown Camera, Ryerson University, Ryerson Faculty of Communication and Design

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