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CANADA NOW: New Photography Acquisitions

Fall 2022
University Gallery
Curator: Denise Birkhofer

This exhibition features the work of ten Canadian artists who employ photographic media to engage with issues of identity and belonging. Representing individuals, their communities, and their diverse life experiences, these images highlight various aspects of visibility and resilience. Traditional approaches to portraiture of the self and others are displayed alongside poetic works, some using the trope of the fragment, trace, or spirit to communicate narratives of embodiment and displacement. The works were purchased through the Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, funded by photographer Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier Gallery in support of emerging or mid-career photographic artists from across the country.

A Core Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Fig. 1

Séamus Gallagher (Canadian, b. 1995), A Slippery Place #5, 2021, inkjet print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 2

Zachary Ayotte (Canadian, b. 1981), I Wish U Were Here, 2021, archival pigment print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 3

Kablusiak (Canadian, b. 1993), NorthMart, from the series akunnirun kuupak, 2019, archival inkjet print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 4

Kali Spitzer (Canadian, b. 1987), Melaw Nakehk’o II, from the series An Exploration of Resilience and Resistance, 2015, chromogenic print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 5


Alyssa Bistonath (Canadian, b. 1982), Hazel and Sarah, Stage 2, July 8, 2020, from the series Isolation Photographs, 2020, archival pigment print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 6

JJ Levine (Canadian, b. 1984), Becca and Miwa 2019, from the series Queer Portraits, 2019, chromogenic print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021. © JJ Levine / ELLEPHANT

Fig. 7

Isabel M. Martínez (Canadian, born Chile, 1977), Sun/Moon Drawing #2, from the series From Walking so Much in Circles, I Will End up Making a Sphere, 2020, sunlight, moonlight, and potassium dichromate emulsion on watercolour paper. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 8

Morris Lum (Canadian, b. 1983), Lao Tsu Mural, Vancouver, from the series Tong Yan Gaai (Chinatown), 2013, archival pigment print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 9

Rebecca Bair (Canadian, b. 1995), Reach & Coil (Découpé), 2021, inkjet print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

Fig. 10

Luther Konadu (Canadian, b. 1991), Figure as Index, 2019, inkjet print. Purchase, Canada Now Photography Acquisition Initiative, with funds from Edward Burtynsky and Nicholas Metivier, 2021.

CANADA NOW: New Photography Acquisitions

A Core Exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival