Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey


Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey (opening party), Ryerson Image Centre, 2019 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

Special Tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey
Wednesday, July 17, 6 pm
Ryerson Image Centre

Join RIC Exhibitions Curator Gaëlle Morel and writer/curator Brian Sholis for a special behind-the-scenes tour of Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey on Wednesday, July 17 at 6 pm. The tour is free and open to the public.

Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey is the first Canadian retrospective of the Toronto-born artist, winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Photography Award. Based in New York and renowned internationally for her photographs, videos, writings, and artist books, Davey’s work examines interiority and disclosure, and the intersection of private and public discourse. The exhibition includes portraiture, still life and photographs of subway scenes, along with a suite of Davey’s visually arresting films, which interweave subjective narratives with the texts and lives of her influences, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Sigmund Freud, Jean Genet, and most recently, Pierre Vallières.

Moyra Davey’s photographs and films have been shown internationally in major venues, such as Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; and Camden Arts Centre, London, England. She has been featured in recent group exhibitions including documenta 14, Kassel, Germany (2017); La Biennale de Montréal, Canada (2016), and the Whitney Biennial, New York, USA (2012). She is the author of several publications among them Les Goddesses/Hemlock Forest (2017), Burn the Diaries (2014), and The Problem of Reading (2003), and the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood (2001). Davey’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States; the Tate Modern, London, England; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.


Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey (opening party), Ryerson Image Centre, 2019 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

Other exhibitions on view:

Meryl McMaster: As Immense as the Sky — closing August 4!
Wearing various designed costumes, sculptural garments, makeup, and custom-made props, Meryl McMaster examines the overlapping cultures and histories of both her Indigenous and European ancestors in this series of performative self-portraits. Documented at ancient sites in Saskatchewan and the shores of early settlement in Ontario and Newfoundland, her images originate from her interpretation and reenactment of patrimonial stories told by relatives, knowledge keepers, and friends. McMaster’s otherworldly personas pose theatrically in front of these majestic panoramas, speaking to how inherited historical narratives inform her dual identity.

Pearson Ripley: Shut Away— closing August 4!
Shut Away explores the stories of undocumented immigrants who have taken refuge in churches in North Carolina after receiving deportation orders. Despite rising nationalism in the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have avoided raiding “sensitive locations” such as churches. While the churches provide safety from deportation, the spaces become a prison of a different sort. Using still photographs, audio, and video, artist Pearson Ripley explores a complex situation at the intersection of immigration, religion, and politics.

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