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Collaboration. A Potential History of Photography

January 24 – April 8, 2018
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Presented with Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor

An exhibition and collaborative laboratory at the Ryerson Image Centre
A project by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford and Laura Wexler
A partnership of Brown University, University of California, Berkeley, Ryerson University and Yale University

This experimental exhibition reconsiders photography through the lens of collaboration, suggesting that the medium—traditionally understood as one dominated by singular creative adventurers—is in fact defined by collaboration and interaction. For Collaboration, a team of artists, scholars, and curators have come together to create an exhibition, installing a gridded repertoire of approximately ninety photographic projects from different places and moments. These projects exemplify various types of collaboration—whether friendly and cooperative, or antagonistic and coercive—between photographers, photographed persons, and other participants. Designed to be open-ended, Collaboration invites visitors to participate in the reshaping of photographic meanings through an active program of conversations, encounters, and workshops. Further programming will be announced in the near future.

The Ryerson Image Centre’s presentation of this exhibition is supported by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York.

This exhibition is also accompanied by an active and extensive program of special events - all of which are free and open to the public.





Event(s):

Opening Party
Wednesday, January 24
6:00–8:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

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The following events are curated by Ilana Shamoon with Christine McLean. All take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted*. Events are subject to change and new ones will be added, so please check back often:

In Conversation with Leigh Raiford*
Thursday, January 25
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Gallery 44 (401 Richmond Street West, Suite #120)

The Potential of the History of Photography: A two-part exhibition walk-through and workshop with Leigh Raiford and Laura Wexler
Friday, January 26
1:00 – 1:45 PM and 2:00 – 3:00 PM

In Conversation with Karla McManus
Join McManus and her Ryerson class (Curation and Exhibition) in the exhibition
Wednesday, January 31
3:00 – 6:00 PM

In Conversation with Vicky Moufawad-Paul
Join Moufawad-Paul and her Ryerson class (Curatorial Practices in Toronto) in the exhibition
Thursday, February 1
3:00 – 4:00 PM

In Conversation with Blake Fitzpatrick
Join Fitzpatrick and his Ryerson class (Documentary Media) in the exhibition
Thursday, February 15
4:30 – 6:30 PM 

Position paper by Brian Sholis
Join Sholis, Executive Director of Gallery TPW, as he presents a position paper on the exhibition, followed by a Q&A and discussion 
Thursday, February 22
12:00 PM

In Conversation with Karla McManus
Join McManus and her Ryerson class (Curation and Exhibition) in the exhibition
Wednesday, February 28
3:00 – 6:00 PM

In Conversation with Karla McManus
Join McManus and her Ryerson class (Theories of Photography – Contemporary Topics) in the exhibition
Thursday, March 1
5:00 – 6:00 PM   

In Conversation with Matthew Brower
Join Brower and his University of Toronto class (Curatorial Practice) in the exhibition
Tuesday, March 6
1:30 – 3:30 PM

In Conversation with Vid Ingelevics
Join Ingelevics and his Ryerson class (Idea of Photography) in the exhibition
Tuesday, March 6
3:15 – 6:00 PM

In Conversation with Karla McManus  
Join McManus and her Ryerson class (History of Photography II) in the exhibition
Friday, March 9
12:00 – 1:00 PM

In Conversation with Dayna Danger
In partnership with the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, artist Dayna Danger will discuss her practice with two of her regular collaborators
Date/Time TBC

In Conversation with Karla McManus 
Join McManus and her class (Theories of Photography – Contemporary Topics, RU) in the exhibition, and consider it in the context of the curriculum
Thursday, March 1
5:00 – 6:00 PM

In Conversation with Karla McManus 
Join McManus and her class (History of Photography II, RU) in the exhibition, and consider it in the context of the curriculum
Friday, March 9
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Artist talk with Alia Youssef
Wednesday, March 14
6:00 PM
In partnership with Gallery 44, Youssef will present her talk "Can I have a say in this narrative"
In her presentation Alia Youssef will discuss the representation of Muslim women from pre-9/11 to present in western media. Specifically, the role of Muslim women in that narrative, and the steps Muslim women are now taking to change that image through artistic collaboration. She will focus on her involvement in the 2017 Muslim Girl x Getty photography campaign and her personal photographic, video, and text series titled The Sisters Project. The series counters negative stereotypes of Muslim women by showcasing the inspiring stories of women across Canada.

Gallery talk and workshop with Susan Meiselas, and Wendy Ewald
Date/Time TBC

RUDE Collective Panel Discussion moderated by Hana Jama 
Panelists include Riya Jama, Merray Gerges, and Joshua Vettivelu 
Wednesday, March 21
6:00 PM 

BAND Panel Discussion Part I*
Panelists include: Diane Liverpool, Solana Caine, and Al Peabody
Sunday, March 25
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: BAND Gallery (19 Brock Ave)

In Conversation with Gabrielle Moser
Join Moser and her OCAD University class (Screens and Digital Imagery) in the exhibition
Tuesday, March 27
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

BAND Panel Discussion Part II at the RIC
Panelists include: Diane Liverpool, Solana Caine, and Al Peabody
Wednesday, April 4
6:00 – 7:30 PM

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A collage of text and photographs in a square grid
Fig. 1

Wendy Ewald, American Alphabets (Arabic), Students at PS231, 2003, included in Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, research project led by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford, Laura Wexler, 2017

A grid of images and text
Fig. 2

Project excerpts, Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, research project led by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford, Laura Wexler, 2017

A collage of text and photographs in a square grid
Fig. 3

W.E.B Du Bois, “American Negro Exhibit” (Atlanta’s African-American middle class), Universal Exhibition, Paris Exposition, 1900, included in Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, research project led by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford, Laura Wexler, 2017

Collaboration.

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