Spring 2021 Online Programming & Workshops at Gallery 44

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Elise Rasmussen, The Year Without a Summer, video still, 20:05, 16mm film transferred to 4K/HD, 2020.

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
ONLINE PROGRAMMING & WORKSHOPS

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER: ONLINE SCREENING AND ARTIST TALK

Elise Rasmussen with Lauren Fournier
Saturday April 17, 2:00PM EDT

When Mount Tambora erupted in 1815, it was the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history; it altered weather patterns all around the world the following years. Not only did thousands of people die from the explosion itself, but from the widespread famine that occurred globally due to damaged crops and agricultural disasters as a result of the incredible weather change. As volcanic ash, torrential rain and cold weather descended on Europe and North America, 1816 became known as the year without a summer.

Elise Rasmussen’s forthcoming exhibition, The Year Without A Summer, is the culmination of two years of textual, locational and studio-based research by the artist, which took place in Indonesia, Switzerland, and Los Angeles. In this work, she weaves intricate connections between the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, its global climatic effects, and Mary Shelley’s authoring of Frankenstein. The exhibition includes a large projection with 4-channel audio, alongside photographs and cyanotypes.

While the exhibition’s opening at Gallery 44 remains postponed through this period of lockdown, Gallery 44 is pleased to present a screening of Elise Rasmussen’s video work included in the exhibition followed by a question and answer period during which, Elise and writer and curator Lauren Fournier will discuss the video, and the context for the exhibition.

RSVP to receive details by emailing: lillian@gallery44.org

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Courtesy of Dainesha Nugent-Palache

BLACK & WHITE FILM DEVELOPING AT HOME
Heather Fulton, May 1, 1:00PM EDT

Learn how to develop film away from the darkroom using a mix of household materials and darkroom chemistry. This workshop will focus on Caffenol: a coffee-based DIY film developer that can be used safely at home. Participants will learn how it works, how to mix it, and will follow along with Heather to develop a roll of film using this non-toxic homemade developer. Read More

PICTURING PLEASURE: THE EROTIC IN THE EVERYDAY
Steven Beckly, May 8, 1:00PM EDT

Casting an intimate gaze on the erotic realm, this workshop invites participants to consider the roles of pleasure, sensuality and eroticism in their everyday lives. Drawing from a range of contemporary image-based practices, artist Steven Beckly will demonstrate various ways of shaping the erotic through image, object and encounter. Read More

POETICS & POLITICS OF STILL LIFE
Dainesha Nugent-Palache, May 15, 1:00PM EDT

Join artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache in this workshop that highlights the poetics and politics of still life photography. Participants will explore the ways in which objects can be used to build and trace larger narratives such as identity and migration, while also considering how the use of satire and pastiche can be implemented to add critical layers. Read More

A HOUSE DIVIDED: CUT & FOLD TECHNIQUES FOR DOMESTIC SPACES
Jessica Thalmann, May 22, 1:00PM EDT

Artist Jessica Thalmann will lead a workshop with participants interested in alternative photographic practices and the creative potential in manipulating photographs of domestic interior spaces and residential architecture. This workshop is suitable for photographers, collage, installation and sculpture artists wishing to explore the boundaries between these mediums. Read More

FIELD OF VISION: MAPPING THE PORTFOLIO
Liz Ikiriko, May 29, 1:00PM EDT

This workshop hosted by curator/artist/photo editor Liz Ikiriko will discuss approaches to sequencing and flow development for portfolios and/or series.he workshop will be an opportunity to consider ideas and projects in development, receive advice on the presentation of your portfolio or exhibition with a focus on narrative, editing and sequencing. Read More

LOW RES PHOTO INTENSIVE COURSE
Darren Rigo, June 6 – July 25, 10:30AM EDT

Get your creativity flowing! Low Res returns this summer in a lighter format. Over eight two-hour sessions we will collectively work through experimental group activities to hone and sharply define the intention and delivery of our creative voices through photography. Read More


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Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.

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