Sara Angelucci: The Anonymous Chorus


The Anonymous Chorus

October 5 – 24, 2019 at the Boarding House Gallery, Guelph, ON
Artist Talk: October 7, 6:00 PM at The Art Gallery of Guelph
Opening Reception: October 7, 8 – 10 PM

Sara Angelucci is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, video, audio, and installation. Over the years her projects have developed from a range of archival materials, from personal photographs and films to anonymous and found images. Pointing to histories outside the image frame, her work considers the ways in which photographs are constructed to tell stories, create histories, and participate in memorialization. In her audio works, the human voice through song, mimicked sounds, or spoken word, inserts an immediate human presence – often as a counterpoint to the absence left by photographs.

Based in the history of photography – from vernacular snapshots to professional studio portraiture— research into the technical and social construction of an image inform the direction of her production and offer connections with natural and social histories. Photography’s material evolution and its shifting social importance provide rich ground for historical interweaving and inform the range of materials and references that traverse her projects. In recent years found vernacular images have provided the source material for exploring the relationship between the evolution of photography and natural science.


Sara Angelucci completed her BA at the University of Guelph and her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her photography across Canada, including exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University, Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Vu in Quebec City, the Toronto Photographers Workshop, the MacLaren Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Richmond Art Gallery, and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. Her work has been included in exhibitions in the US, Europe, and China, including the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the Beijing Biennale, and the Lianzhou Photography Festival. Her videos have been screened across Canada and abroad, at festivals in Europe, China, Australia and the U.S. She has participated in artist residencies at the Art Gallery of Ontario, NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre, and at Biz-Art in Shanghai. Angelucci has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2016 she received the prestigious Chalmers Fellowship from the OAC.

Angelucci was the Director of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography from 1998 – 2008. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in Photography, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University and is the Curatorial Coordinator for the Student Gallery at the Ryerson Image Centre. Her work is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, and Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal.

Boarding House Gallery
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12:00 – 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
6 Dublin Street South, Guelph, ON N1H 4L5

Art Gallery of Guelph
358 Gordon St, Guelph, ON N1G 1Y1

Established in early 2013, Boarding House Gallery is a public art gallery operated by the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM). Its mandate is to present contemporary art exhibitions in a downtown space that is open to the public and free of cost.

The Boarding House Gallery is fully accessible including

  • a level entrance through the back only (front has minimal steps)
  • two accessible washrooms on ground floor
  • wide and unobstructed pathways within the interior
  • an elevator to access multiple levels

*Regrettably, the venue is missing automatic doors at the entrance.

Instagram: @boardinghousegallery

image: The Anonymous Chorus, 2013, video installation with 5.1 surround sound, duration 10:30.