The Ryerson Image Centre Reopens for Fall 2021 Exhibitions


Dana Claxton, Lasso, 2018, LED firebox with transmounted chromogenic transparency. Courtesy of the artist. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Audain BC Art Acquisition Fund

The RIC reopens for the fall season with a series of original exhibitions, installations and online events

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) is eager to reopen its doors to the public after a summer of anticipation and careful preparation. With a full schedule of artist talks and upcoming exhibitions, we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the gallery this coming season and invite you to join us for some spectacular shows and engaging events, online and in-person. Please visit our website for the most current details on our reopening.

Opening this fall is the must-see exhibition Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton, curated by Gaëlle Morel, presented by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and organized by the RIC. This show will feature a selection of artworks that draw from Indigenous history, contemporary culture and spirituality.

Also opening this coming season are three new exhibitions, including Susan Dobson: Slide | Lecture; Emmanuelle Léonard: Deployment; Rana Nazzal Hamadeh: 1/1000th of a Dunam and Hal Wilsdon: I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden. In addition, the RIC is currently hosting the ongoing New Generation Photography Award (NGPA) exhibition, organized in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Visitors will have the opportunity to take in some massive installations in this free outdoor exhibition, on view until November 14 on the RIC exterior and surrounding buildings east and west of the building. The RIC on-site book shop will also reopen giving visitors access to our past publications, as well as the most recent Scotiabank Photography Award book, Dana Claxton, published by renowned art book publisher, Steidl.

Our collective health and safety is the foremost priority and the RIC will strictly adhere to all public health regulations. Please visit our website for the most current information on our COVID-19 guidelines.

Admission is always free.


Susan Dobson, Eastman, George. Unknown Photographer with a No.2 Kodak. Bathing, c.1888, 2018, lightbox with Fujilith film. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Gibson Gallery

Upcoming Events

Artist Talk With Dana Claxton
Wednesday, September 22, 7 pm ET
Online via Zoom

Winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award, artist Dana Claxton works across photography, video, and performance art to investigate Indigenous beauty, contemporary culture, and spirituality. In this virtual talk, Claxton will discuss her critically acclaimed practice and delve into the works on display in this season’s Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition, which will offer a wide-ranging exploration of the Great Plains and her studio work in Vancouver. Register now.

Noon Time Collection Talk with Steven Evans: The Francis Bedford Research Collection
Thursday, September 30, 12 pm ET
Online via Zoom

Over two decades, photographer and collector Steven Evans has compiled a comprehensive resource of early photographs and other objects associated with the British photographer Francis Bedford. The collection surveys Bedford’s impressive achievement as a leading maker of architectural and landscape images during the late 19th century. This talk is an opportunity to learn about this collection of nearly 1300 objects, which features the photographer’s early work with illustration and lithography, and examples of his amateur and commercial photography. Register now.

All events will take place online via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Events will have closed captioning. Please advise of any accessibility needs using the registration form.


Emmanuelle Léonard, Opération Nunalivut (still), 2019, two-channel video © Emmanuelle Léonard

Don’t miss our fall season of shows

Scotiabank Photography Award: Dana Claxton
Drawing from Indigenous history, contemporary culture, and spirituality, this exhibition celebrates the career of Vancouver-based artist Dana Claxton, winner of the 2020 Scotiabank Photography Award. A Hunkpapa Lakota photographer and filmmaker, Claxton examines stereotypes and representations of Indigenous peoples in popular culture. This selection of artworks confronts issues of colonialist appropriation and commodification through a wide-ranging exploration of the artist’s family and community in the Great Plains, Saskatchewan.

Susan Dobson: Slide | Lecture
In Slide | Lecture, Guelph-based photographer Susan Dobson reconsiders the materiality, physicality, and meaning of abandoned university slide libraries. Her precisely composed images of these outdated photographic transparencies, originally made to be projected in art history lectures, expose the canonical biases of traditional visual culture—dominated by Western male artists, while marginalizing or excluding art by those outside the establishment. Slide | Lecture gleans revelations about outdated views from these obsolete materials, hinting a way forward toward more diverse and inclusive representations.

Emmanuelle Léonard: Deployment
Montreal-based artist Emmanuelle Léonard captured the complex realities of Canada’s strategic military imperatives in the Far North during a 2018 residency. Deployment, a two-channel video accompanied by photographic portraits, focuses on the passage of time experienced by soldiers posted to the Canadian Arctic, showing everyday moments against an infinite backdrop of snow and northern night—a place where the climate crisis has intensified the national, political, and economic stakes.

Rana Nazzal Hamadeh: 1/1000th of a Dunam
1/1000th of a Dunam is a multimedia exhibition exploring Palestinian assertions of belonging through the site of soil—an epistemic space where land and belonging are imagined, when in reality they have been denied. Displaced peoples often collect and cherish soils from their lands of origin, and this practice embodies a knowledge explored in this exhibition.

Hal Wilsdon: I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden
In her photographic series I would die for Johnny Knoxville and I would shoot Chris Burden, Hal Wilsdon performs physical feats for the camera, from riding a pogo stick blindfolded to releasing a fire extinguisher on her face. With equal parts irreverence and homage, her photographs are inspired by the 1970s performance works of Chris Burden (who famously had himself shot) and the ridiculous stunts performed by actor Johnny Knoxville in his reality TV show Jackass. In this series of self-portraits, Wilsdon questions the gaze with which viewers consume and are fascinated by the physical danger inherent in such acts.

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