Tanenbaum Lecture with Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain, The General’s Wife, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from the series Nostalgia for an Unknown Land, 1987, chromogenic print. Ryerson Image Centre, gift of Howard and Carole Tanenbaum, 2018 © Rafael Goldchain, courtesy of the artist

Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Ryerson University School of Image Arts
122 Bond Street, room IMA-307, third floor

Rafael Goldchain is a Toronto-based photographer whose diverse work reflects a personal history set across several continents. Born in Chile of Polish-Jewish descent, Goldchain was educated in Israel before moving to Canada in 1976. Over four decades, Goldchain has documented conflict and cultural change in Mexico and Central America, explored the link between identity, memory and history through staged self-portraits, and recorded landscapes and structures as meditations on aging and mortality. In this retrospective talk, Goldchain will discuss his major bodies of work, such as Nostalgia for an Unknown Land and I am My Family. The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the Ryerson University School of Image Arts.

Please note that seating is limited, and this event requires registration via Eventbrite.

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Rafael Goldchain, The Healer’s Place (TV), San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, México, from the series Inventario, 1986, chromogenic print. Ryerson Image Centre, gift of Howard and Carole Tanenbaum, 2018 © Rafael Goldchain, courtesy of the artist

Other upcoming events

Thursday, March 7, 6:00–8:00 pm
Opening Party
Join us to celebrate the opening of Fehn Foss: A Broader Sense of Belonging in the RIC Student Gallery.

Thursday, March 14, 12:00 pm
Noon Time Collection Talk
Touchy-Feely: Nineteenth Century Photography and the Tactile Image with Anna Jedrzejowski and Charlene Heath
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, second floor, room RIC-241

Wednesday, March 20, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Tour
Join Paul Roth and Carole Tanenbaum for a special behind-the-scenes tour of True to the Eyes: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection.

Thursday, April 4, 12:00 pm
Noon Time Collection Talk
Black Star and the Spanish Civil War with Enriqueta Zafra
Peter Higdon Research Centre, 122 Bond Street, second floor, room RIC-241

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street) unless otherwise noted. The RIC is an accessible space.


Exhibitions on view:

True to the Eyes: The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection
This exhibition presents more than 200 photographs from the extraordinary and eclectic collection of the long-time Toronto couple. The Tanenbaums were among the first Canadian collectors to engage with the medium during its late 20th century rise to prominence; over time, they assembled one of the country’s great holdings of photography. True to the Eyes highlights a range of humanistic photographs in many genres, from anonymous vernacular imagery to masterworks by such notable photographers as Southworth & Hawes, William Notman, Ernest J. Bellocq, Brassaï, Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark, Jim Goldberg, Rafael Goldchain, and Edward Burtynsky. Through four decades of building their collection, the Tanenbaums have acquired images revealing aspects of family, wealth and poverty, civil rights, nature and the land, and Canadian life. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly-illustrated book published in partnership with Hirmer Verlag. True to the Eyes is generously supported by media sponsors The Walrus and the Toronto Star.

Laura Henno: M’Tsamboro
This silent, two-channel video by French artist Laura Henno was filmed in the Comoros archipelago near Mozambique, Africa, which has become the epicentre of a migration crisis. M’Tsamboro is an uninhabited islet where smugglers often disembark refugees under the false pretense that they have reached Mayotte, a French territory and sought-after destination. Conned and stranded, the migrants must then make additional payment to board boats operated by children. Taught to pilot the boats and avoid border patrols, these boys face all the perils of their illegal and dangerous activity. Henno’s quiet and poetic portraits contrast with the harshness and precariousness faced by her young subjects.

Fehn Foss: A Broader Sense of Belonging – Opening March 7!
A Broader Sense of Belonging looks at the blockades that we construct and their impact on our psyche. The dry stone walls in the Irish countryside, which are created from the distinct rock beds of each specific region, are a starting point for the artist. This method of wall building is practiced on most continents, reflecting the similar ingenuity of people, globally. In the performance video, Build Up Break Down, the artist uses her body to build and unbuild a barrier, through repetitive actions. She practices constructing something by hand, making something tall and then knocking it down, replacing the stones to where they were found as a way to connect with the land, and connect with the physical labour as a source of respite. However, walls delineate territory so that ownership can be assumed over portions of land. A duality exists between the need to separate from each other and the need to work together. This exhibition offers a moment to consider how this delineation shapes our world, yet how the process of making can restore.

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