Tanenbaum Lecture with Stephen Waddell


Stephen Waddell, Mouchette, Queen’s Chamber, 2015, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the artist and Monte Clark Gallery

Tanenbaum Lecture with Stephen Waddell

Ryerson Image Centre
Online via Zoom
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
7 pm ET

Vancouver-based artist Stephen Waddell, winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award, is known for his urban scenes made in Canada and Europe. Drawing on the tradition of 19th-century French Realist painting, the artist imbues his large-scale photographic tableaux—primarily depicting solitary individuals absorbed in their thoughts and daily activities—with careful attention to scale and light. In this virtual talk, Waddell will discuss work created over two decades, presented in conjunction with this season’s Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition. Register now.

Stephen Waddell (Canadian, b. 1968) has exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2016), Kunstforum Baloise, Basel, Switzerland (2012), and C/O Berlin, Germany (2006). Recent publications include Dark Matter Atlas (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2017), Hunt and Gather (Steidl, 2011), and Stephen Waddell (Contemporary Art Gallery, 2008). His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Baloise Group (Basel, Switzerland), the Canada Council Artbank, and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands), as well as in numerous private collections. Waddell lives and works in Vancouver and is represented by Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver.

The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.


Stephen Waddell, Asphalt Layer I, 2001, pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Monte Clark Gallery

Exhibitions now on view:

Scotiabank Photography Award: Stephen Waddell
September 16–November 28, 2020

This exhibition celebrates the career of 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award winner Stephen Waddell, renowned for his urban scenes made in Canada and Europe. This survey highlights the Vancouver-based artist’s experiments with various photographic techniques and processes, and brings into focus his careful attention to scale and light. Waddell’s elegiac images—colour street compositions of workers and pedestrians, along with more recent black-and-white photographs of caves and grottos—reveal the artist’s painterly sensibility, as well as a found and uncanny theatricality. In a newly-created video for the RIC’s Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, Waddell revisits his earliest experiments with film from the late 1990s. This silent, non-narrative arrangement of Super-8 films focuses on one of his central photographic motifs: anonymous figures on the street seen walking from behind, followed stealthily as they circulate in various urban environments.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Horse Day
September 16–November 28, 2020

Horse Day is the culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Algerian/French artist Mohamed Bourouissa and young Black horsemen belonging to a non-profit equestrian society in Strawberry Mansion, an impoverished Philadelphia neighbourhood. Centring the narrative on the group’s preparation and presentation of a celebratory riding competition and pageant, Bourouissa’s video examines the visual stereotypes and misrepresentations associated with “cowboy culture” in the United States.

Ethan Murphy: Front & Back
September 16–October 17, 2020

In Front & Back, Ethan Murphy explores the relationship between photography and loss. While searching in the basement of his childhood home for objects belonging to his father, the artist found deteriorating 4Ă—6 inch colour prints that were wet and adhered together in layers. While most of the images were destroyed, abstract fragments revealed glimpses of a deceased loved one. In his photographs and video, Murphy washes and detaches the prints in an act of recovery that transforms the decaying family pictures into precious objects.


Artist Talk with Rana Nazzal Hamadeh
Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm

Artist Talk with Mohamed Bourouissa
Wednesday, November 4, 12 pm

Youth in Conversation
Wednesday, November 25, 7 pm

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