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A group of people looking at art at the opening of the summer season of exhibitions at the Ryerson Image Centre in 2019
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Scotiabank Photography Award: Moyra Davey (opening party), Ryerson Image Centre, 2019 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

People in an art gallery interacting with a touch screen
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Collaboration. A Potential History of Photography (opening night), Ryerson Image Centre, 2018 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre


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[POSTPONED] Artist Talk with Rana Nazzal Hamadeh 

Join Rana Nazzal Hamadeh in conversation with Dr. Chandni Desai, Assistant Professor in the Critical Studies of Equity and Solidarity at the University of Toronto, about the multimedia exhibition 1/1000th of a Dunam, which explores Palestinian assertions of belonging through the site of soil—an epistemic space where land and belonging are imagined. On view in the RIC's Student Gallery from October 28–November 28, 2020. Register now

Co-presented with the Documentary Media program, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. 

This event has been postponed to a later season. 

Dr. Chandni Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Studies of Equity and Solidarity at the University of Toronto. She is working on her first book Revolutionary Circuits of Liberation: The Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture and Internationalism. She has written articles on Palestinian resistance/revolutionary culture, Palestinian oral history and archives, the carceral state and its technologies, memorializing state violence, settler colonial economies and resurgent solidarities, and decolonization. She is the host of the Liberation Pedagogy Podcast. 

Wed., Oct. 28
7 pm ET

Artist Talk

Artist Talk with Mohamed Bourouissa 

Join artist Mohamed Bourouissa for a talk about his two-channel video, Horse Day, created in collaboration with young Black horsemen belonging to a Philadelphia non-profit equestrian society. On view in the University Gallery from September 16–November 28, 2020. Register now

Wed., Nov 4 
12 pm ET

Artist Talk

Youth in Conversation: Mohamed Bourouissa’s Horse Day

Join emerging artists Kourtney Jackson, Sadaf Khadej, Hermmela Tafesse and Nawang Tsomo for a roundtable discussion focused on Mohamed Bourouissa’s two-channel video installation Horse Day. Moderated by RIC Outreach Programmer soJin Chun, the panelists will discuss how BIPOC communities are represented in western culture as well as how image-making can offer nuanced depictions of underrepresented communities. Organized through the RIC’s Youth in Focus program. Register now

soJin Chun is a Toronto-based curator/artist/arts facilitator that explores the alternative dialogues that emerge in-between cultures and disciplines.  Having spent most of her happy childhood lost in translation, her Korean diasporic experience living in Bolivia and Canada inspires her artistic and curatorial practice. Chun’s work explores artists, identities, spaces and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations. She aims to create spaces to present contemporary art that is socially-engaged and relevant for communities with a lack of access to the arts while commenting on a greater social and/or political struggle.  Collaboration is an essential part of her process as she has worked extensively with diverse BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada and South America.

Kourtney Jackson is a Toronto-based, award-winning filmmaker and current Sundance Ignite Fellow. She won the 2018 Emerging Director’s Spotlight Award at the Regent Park Film Festival for her experimental documentary pitch for Wash Day, which later premiered at TIFF Next Wave and is currently on it's festival tour. Through film and other image-based media, she continues to explore the nuances in her ethnic, cultural, and spiritual identity.

Sadaf Khadej is currently a candidate for the MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. She received her Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and recently finished her certification in Photography Studies at the Chang School of Continuing Education. She has professional experience in Interior Design, Photography, and Visual Design, which has expanded her curiosity to explore different mediums and skills to create more diverse projects and push her creative boundaries. Having immigrated from Iran to Canada in her teens, Sadaf has always been interested in social issues, as she believes they are often more pronounced for immigrants such as herself. Through her creative narrative, she has tried to form a bridge between the two cultures she belongs to by further exploring the sociocultural similarities and differences between them.

Hermmela Tafesse is an emerging multidisciplinary artist who believes in the importance of community and storytelling. As a black femme and immigrant, she creates work that is informed by her intersections, with the intention to create conversations regarding the social, political, and environmental structures that help develop our personal perspectives. 

Nawang Tsomo (b.1993 in Kathmandu Nepal) is an emerging Tibetan-Canadian writer, artist, and photo-archivist. She is interested in anti-colonial and anti-racist ideas and practices that disrupt Eurocentric narratives in institutional archives. Most recently, she has worked as a Digital Prototyper on a community archive project at 187 Augusta through the support of Ukai Projects. This year, her work will be featured in Carnation Zine, Peripheral Review, and Steps Initiative. She is also an MA candidate at Ryerson University, pursuing Photography Preservation + Collections Management. 

Wed., Nov. 25
7 pm ET

Panel Discussion