Artist and Curator Bios
Annie MacDonell's work draws attention to how still and moving images are used and misused, and how they are staged in galleries, cinemas and beyond. MacDonell received a BFA from Ryerson University, and completed graduate studies at Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, France. Recent solo shows and performances have been held at Mulherin New York, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She has participated in group exhibitions at The Power Plant in Toronto, MOCA Cleveland, the Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea, and Le Grand Palais in Paris.
Dr. Gaelle Morel
Dr. Gaelle Morel is an art historian and Exhibitions Curator at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada. She received her PhD in the History of Contemporary Art from Universite Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne, France. Her research and recent work deal with the figure of the artist as author in French contemporary photography. She also works on the artistic and cultural recognition of the medium in the United States in the 1930s. She was, until 2013, a member of the board of the Societe francaise de photographie, and a member of the editorial committee of Etudes photographiques, a bilingual peer reviewed journal on the history of photography. She edited Les Derniers Tableaux. Photojournalisme et art contemporain (Paris: Editions des Archives Contemporaines, 2008) and co-wrote with Thierry Gervais La Photographie published by Editions Larousse in France (2008, 2011). She was a recipient of a Terra Foundation for American Art Travel Grant in 2007, for her work on the American art dealer Julien Levy who closely worked with Berenice Abbott in the 1920s and 1930s.
A primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival