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Sam Vernon, Rage Wave, 2017.

2017/18 Exhibitions and Public Programming Season
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

September 2017 – August 2018

Gallery 44 is pleased to announce our upcoming programming season, which explores the expanded field of photography through diverse and innovative exhibitions and public programs, featuring celebrated artists from across the country and abroad.


Aleesa Cohene – I Don’t Get It
September 8 – October 21, 2017
Main Gallery
Co-commissioned by Gallery 44, The Western Front (Vancouver) and The Rooms (St. John’s), this new body of work by Aleesa Cohene explores how whiteness, as a fundamental category of belonging, is never not at play. Comprised of a series of composite videos, I Don’t Get It pushes at the limits of what is legible within the homogeneity of contemporary white Hollywood cinema. Considering the 2015 book Between the World and Me by American writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates in which he describes, racism as galactic, a physical law of the universe, “a tenacious gravity” and a “cosmic injustice.” Through this project Cohene asks: How do my rhetorical politics contribute to what is happening around me? How do I make room for other systems of representation to come into being?
Presented in partnership with The Western Front and The Rooms.

Jennifer Murphy – Familiar Familiar
September 8 – October 21, 2017
Jennifer Murphy’s handcut collage and sculptural assemblages conjure fantastical landscapes and ethereal creatures. Created from secondhand nature books and encyclopedias, the delicate images, pulled together through intuition and whimsy, play on dichotomies between life and death, decay and rebirth, and the cycles of the natural world.

Dalia Amara, Rah Eleh, Rajni Perera, Shellie Zhang, Tau Lewis – In Pursuit of the Perfect Pose
October 21, 2017 – January 3, 2018
Main Gallery + Vitrines
Curated by: Leila Fatemi
In pursuit of the perfect pose questions the social structures that impose idealized performances of femininity and cultural alterity onto women of colour. Through photography and installation, the artists in this exhibition challenge and unpack the many layers of their intersecting experiences to subvert colonial narratives while reclaiming agency over their identities.

Sam Vernon – Rage Wave
January 12 – February 10, 2018
Main Gallery
Rage Wave is an ambitious, site-specific installation that marks Sam Vernon’s Canadian premier. Bringing together various materials, including images, photocopies and original drawings and prints, the project makes visible a powerful commentary on questions of postcoloniality and racial, sexual and historic memory. This project also extends on Vernon's continued interest in personal narratives and identity.

Madelyne Beckles - Arrangements
January 12 – March 17, 2018
Consumption, shame, and guilt, are recurring themes in Madelyne Beckles' work. Using photo-based imagery and readymade objects, she attempts to deconstruct these ideas using a critical race and feminist framework. Building on these links between the personal and the collective, Arrangements explores contexts of consumerism through methods of retail display and the interiority of object fetishism.

CameraLinks 2018 – Heroes
February 15 - 24, 2018
Main Gallery + Vitrines
CameraLinks is an annual non-juried exhibition of artwork by elementary and secondary school students. The thematic exhibition provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their photographic artwork in a professional gallery.

Annie MacDonell and Maïder Fortuné – Communicating Vessels
March 23 – April 28, 2018
Main Gallery
Following the scientific premise that water will always try and find its level, Communicating Vessels explores the relationships between two like objects in proximity. Told through multiple and fragmented narratives, the newly commissioned video work and installation coalesces a body of research on autobiography and feminist strategies of refusal, mapping friendship and collaboration as both generative for artistic practice and a means of survival.
Presented in partnership with Partners in Art and The French Consulate

Lee Henderson – To Step From Shadow Into the Sun
May 4 – June 2, 2018
It has been said that it is impossible to take a bad photograph of Iceland. While this is quite possibly true, Henderson takes this prompt as a dare. Photography as a once-specialized medium is currently struggling to redefine its identity in the midst of its own ubiquity and the “idea” of Iceland, meanwhile, is also in existential tumult, as tourism explodes and a digitally imaged Iceland (read: romanticized, aestheticized, selective) circulates ever more prominently online. To Step From Shadow Into the Warmth of the Sun is an interrogation of the mimetic impulse; an exhibition fuelled by media's curious ability to collapse time and space as it seeks to measure them; an unearthing of the ontological consequences of The Travelogue; and a suspicion that "presence", however alluring, is always unrepresentable.
Presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Proof 25 – Juried exhibition of emerging Canadian photo-based artists
June 8 – July 7, 2018
Main Gallery
Proof is Gallery 44’s annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography from across the country. Proof is often one of the first exhibitions in a professional context for an emerging artist and has featured work by Anique Jordan, Janieta Eyre, Isabelle Hayeur, Germaine Koh, Laurie Kang, Nicholas Pye, Althea Thauberger, and Andrew Wright.

Verant Richards Award Winner – Azra Kara
June 9 – July 8, 2018
The Verant Richards Scholarship is awarded annually to an OCADU graduating student for excellence in experimental photography. In addition to studio support and a Gallery 44 member, the student presents a new body of work in our vitrines Gallery during the Proof exhibition.



Field of Vision is Gallery 44’s thematic public programming series exploring the larger conversations surrounding photography and contemporary image culture. Taking a variety of forms - performance lectures, artist talks, readings, dinner parties, film screenings – each programming year explores a theme and its relevance to contemporary image making practices and dialogues.

Our upcoming theme, Representation and Visibility, looks at how photography, as a mode of self-address, can act as a marker of perseverance and a tool to confront structural inequalities.

Our season of programming will open with presentation by Michèle Pearson Clarke:

A Dark Horse in Low Light: Black Visuality and the Aesthetics of Analogue Photography
Michèle Pearson Clarke in dialogue with Yaniya Lee
Thursday, September 28, 7PM

“Considering photography’s problematic historical relationship with issues of race and representation, the contemporary black artist is always already facing the paradox of how to create photographic representations using a tool long complicit in our oppression. Emerging as an analogue technology in the early 19th century, photography did not so much record the reality of blackness, but rather signified and constructed ways of seeing it as deviant and other. Any possibilities of where and how blackness might be seen were further constricted by the technological biases long inherent in film chemistry and processing procedures.

Yet, while fully acknowledging the limitations of analogue photography as a tool of representation, many photographers continue to purposefully deploy it in the production of meaningful and compelling images that convey the embodied intimacies and emotional realities of black people. As I conclude my yearlong residency at Gallery 44, in this presentation I will reflect on the issue that has preoccupied me: primarily the relationship between analogue techniques, affect and black visuality. Despite its constraints, I am persuaded that analogue photography facilitates the visual documentation of black experience rather than of black indexicality; certainly, I would argue that this remains impossible to see, if indeed it exists at all.” –Michèle Pearson Clarke


Gallery 44 residencies offer artists and curators access to our facilities and support for research and the production of new work, fostering dialogue and exchange, while supporting a broad range of approaches to photography and its related practices. Continuing Gallery 44’s commitment to supporting diverse and critical approaches to art writing, our writer-in-residence program provides a platform for sustained dialogue on contemporary concerns relating to the medium.


Pamila Matharu is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural producer. Her practice engages close readings of gaps, omissions and fissures of the ‘other’ experience, the unexamined feminist life and the minutiae of the everyday. She received her undergraduate degrees in Visual Arts and Fine Arts Education in 2002 from York University, and has been grant recipient from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Art Councils, awarded the Marion McMahon Award (2003 Images Festival), Best Up and Coming Toronto Film/Video Maker (2003 Inside Out Festival), and Untitled Art Awards’ Jury's Choice Awards (2004) for the short-lived Toronto Alternative Art Fair International and UAA’s 2005 nomination for the long running Come Up to My Room: The Gladstone Hotel’s Alternative Design Exhibition she co-founded in 2003. Upcoming 2017 collaborative projects and exhibits will take place at Gallery 44, AGO, and Art Gallery of York University.


Sightlines - a series of critical essays on ethics and aesthetics by Yaniya Lee

How is our approach to aesthetics attuned to or tone deaf to social justice? How does site determine sight? These writings investigate our ways of seeing by examining the multiple, socio-political contexts of contemporary image making practices.

Yaniya Lee is a writer and scholar based in Toronto. Her interdisciplinary research draws on the work of Black Studies scholars to question critical reading practices. In 2016, with members of the 4:3 Collective, she organized the MICE Symposium on Transformative Justice in the Arts. She is a founding collective member of MICE Magazine and a new member of the EMILIA-AMALIA working group. This summer Lee will participate in the Banff Research in Culture Residency: Year 2067.


Gallery 44 would like to thank our generous funders and partners


For more information please contact:
Leila Timmins, Head of Exhibitions
(416) 979-3941

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Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

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Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.





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