Ryerson Image Centre reopens on September 16 with three new exhibitions


Stephen Waddell, Chimney Sweep, 2003, pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Monte Clark Gallery

Ryerson Image Centre reopens on September 16 with three new exhibitions

Welcome back to the Ryerson Image Centre! The RIC reopens on Wednesday, September 16, with three exciting new exhibitions by Stephen Waddell, Mohamed Bourouissa, and Ethan Murphy.

The health of our community remains our top priority and we’ve made a number of changes to our operations to ensure a safe and enjoyable gallery experience for all of our visitors. We encourage you to visit the RIC website and read our FAQ page for more information.


Scotiabank Photography Award: Stephen Waddell
September 16–November 28, 2020

This exhibition celebrates the career of 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award winner Stephen Waddell, renowned for his urban scenes made in Canada and Europe. This survey highlights the Vancouver-based artist’s experiments with various photographic techniques and processes, and brings into focus his careful attention to scale and light. Waddell’s elegiac images—colour street compositions of workers and pedestrians, along with more recent black-and-white photographs of caves and grottos—reveal the artist’s painterly sensibility, as well as a found and uncanny theatricality. In a newly-created video for the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Waddell revisits his earliest experiments with film from the late 1990s. This silent, non-narrative arrangement of Super-8 films focuses on one of his central photographic motifs: anonymous figures on the street seen walking from behind, followed stealthily as they circulate in various urban environments.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day
September 16–November 28, 2020

Horse Day is the culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Algerian/French artist Mohamed Bourouissa and young Black horsemen belonging to a non-profit equestrian society in Strawberry Mansion, an impoverished Philadelphia neighbourhood. Centring the narrative on the group’s preparation and presentation of a celebratory riding competition and pageant, Bourouissa’s video examines the visual stereotypes and misrepresentations associated with “cowboy culture” in the United States.

Ethan Murphy: Front & Back
September 16–October 17, 2020

In Front & Back, Ethan Murphy explores the relationship between photography and loss. While searching in the basement of his childhood home for objects belonging to his father, the artist found deteriorating 4×6 inch colour prints that were wet and adhered together in layers. While most of the images were destroyed, abstract fragments revealed glimpses of a deceased loved one. In his photographs and video, Murphy washes and detaches the prints in an act of recovery that transforms the decaying family pictures into precious objects.


Tanenbaum Lecture with Stephen Waddell
Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm

Artist Talk with Rana Nazzal Hamadeh
Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm

Artist Talk with Mohamed Bourouissa
Wednesday, November 4, 12 pm

Youth in Conversation
Wednesday, November 25, 7 pm

Please visit ryersonimagecentre.ca/events for full details.


Mohamed Bourouissa, Horse Day (still), 2015, two-channel video. Courtesy of the artist, kamel mennour, Paris/London, and Blum & Poe, New York/Tokyo/Los Angeles

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