Spring/Summer 2024 Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Image Centre

Public Opening Party
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 | 6–8pm

Exhibitions On View
May 9 – August 3, 2024

The Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Celebrate the launch of a new season at The Image Centre’s Spring/Summer Exhibitions Opening Party on Wednesday, May 8, 6–8pm

Experience the conceptualist works of acclaimed Canadian photographer Ken Lum in his Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition; trace the fascinating histories of photography and privacy in Hypervisibility; absorb moving images of nearly identical Ford Motor Company towns in Streamlined; explore Werner Wolff’s practice as a commercial photographer in postwar America in Working Machines; and finally, delve into mixed media works by emerging artists in In Dimension.

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments and cash bar available.

Exhibitions on View

Ken Lum, Thanh Thuy Vu, Jänner, Gabi Petrikovic, Februar, Hamila De Souza, März, Manfred Klumpp, April, from the series Schnitzel Company, 2004–2023, inkjet prints. Courtesy of Magenta Plains Gallery, New York/Royale Projects, Los Angeles

Scotiabank Photography Award: Ken Lum

This exhibition, comprising signature series along with new works, celebrates the career of Canadian artist Ken Lum, winner of the 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award. Lum is internationally known for his conceptualist and often humorous approach, which draws on methods from cultural and social studies, semiology, psychoanalysis, and political philosophy. The artist’s impactful practice utilizes photography to investigate the relationship between language and representation in the public space. By doing so, Lum critically challenges the social hierarchies and dominant narratives related to identity, class, and gender that are always at play in capitalist and postcolonial societies. Learn more

Related Public Programs

Special Exhibition Tour: Scotiabank Photography Award: Ken Lum
Gaëlle Morel and Dan Adler
Wednesday, May 15 | 6 pm

City of New York, [Broadside for the capture of William C. Murray and Ada Shreve], 1873, ink on paper with two albumen prints (wanted poster). Courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives

Hypervisibility: Early Photography and Privacy in North America, 1839–1900

Given the current ubiquity of cameras and the broad circulation of photographs in this digital age, photography can be understood as a threat to privacy. But even in its earliest forms—from daguerreotypes, cartes de visite, and stereographs to commercial advertising—the medium triggered both excitement and concerns about heightened visibility. Photography carried various risks and rewards based on gender, race, class, and disability. This exhibition considers some of those aspects as it traces the fascinating interrelated and overlooked histories of photography and privacy in the nineteenth century. Learn more

Related Public Programs

Curator in Conversation: Privacy, Visibility, and Early Photography
Sarah Parsons and Zeynep Gürsel
Wednesday, June 5 | 6 pm

Special Exhibition Tour: Hypervisibility: Early Photography and Privacy in North America, 1839–1900
Frances Dorenbaum
Wednesday, June 12 | 6 pm

Clarissa Tossin: Streamlined: Belterra, Amazônia/Alberta, Michigan

Streamlined positions moving images of nearly identical Ford Motor Company towns in dialogue with one another. Belterra, a rubber plantation village in the Amazon forest, and Alberta, a sawmill town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula were built at the same time in 1935 for the purposes of producing rubber and wood for the manufacturing of the Model T in the United States. Articulating the tensions between simulacrum and authenticity that inform these pre-planned communities, Tossin’s use of mirroring across disparate but deeply linked geographies both establishes and unsettles a sense of space and place. Ultimately, Streamlined offers a subtle inquiry into the histories of globalized production and their material and social residues. Learn more

Related Public Program

Special Exhibition Tour: Clarissa Tossin: Streamlined: Belterra, Amazônia / Alberta, Michigan
Noa Bronstein
Wednesday, July 10 | 6 pm

In Dimension: Personal and Collective Narratives

In Dimension is a group exhibition bringing together works by emerging artists who participated in The Image Centre’s Poy Family Youth in Focus Program. This program provides free, customized workshops for community organizations and youth in the Toronto area, offering hands-on photography-based activities that encourage critical thinking about the IMC’s exhibitions and promote explorations of image-making and storytelling processes. Learn more

Left: Werner Wolff, Untitled [Foundry worker], ca. 1955, gelatin silver print. The Black Star Collection, The Image Centre © The Family of Werner Wolff; Right: Werner Wolff, Untitled [Child playing, for “The Science of Toys,” John Hopkins Magazine] ca. 1954 gelatin silver print. Werner Wolff Archive, The Image Centre, Gift of the family of Werner Wolff, 2009 © The Family of Werner Wolff

Working Machines: Postwar America Through Werner Wolff’s Commercial Photography
On view through June 15, 2024

Drawing from the Werner Wolff Archive held at The Image Centre, the exhibition and accompanying publication Working Machines explore the practice of a commercial photographer in postwar America. Wolff’s images of workers, commodities, and urban landscapes document the accelerated rise of capitalism through massive industrialization and consumerism in the 1950s and 1960s. The project illuminates the historical conditions and aesthetic of a practice rarely considered in the history of photography, one of a “generalist” photographer working for a variety of clients, including the illustrated press, the advertising industry, and the corporate sector. Learn more

A. Sheikh: The Test
On view June 26 – August 3, 2024

In this multimedia installation, A. Sheikh explores the mental health experiences of eight Queer Muslim individuals through audio interviews set in a majlis or “sitting room,” characterized by U-shaped floor seating designed to facilitate discussion. The Test queers the majlis by imagining a space in which discussions surrounding Queerness, Islam, and mental health can be had, directly challenging deeply rooted cultural and religious taboos. Rooted in the artist’s own experiences as a Queer Muslim who grew up in the Middle East, this participatory and autoethnographic project serves as an act of (re)connection, healing, and reclamation. Learn more

Related Public Program

Opening Reception and Artist Talk for A. Sheikh: The Test
A. Sheikh and Summeiya Khamissa
Wednesday, June 26 | 6 pm

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