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Seated in an auditorium, a woman in a blue dress looks directly at the camera; behind her sit military personnel
Fig. 1

Rafael Goldchain, The General’s Wife, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from the series Nostalgia for an Unknown Land, 1987, chromogenic print. Ryerson Image Centre, gift of Howard and Carole Tanenbaum, 2018 © Rafael Goldchain, courtesy of the artist

The Tanenbaum Lecture Series presents Rafael Goldchain, March 6

Feb. 25, 2019

The Ryerson Image Centre is pleased to present photographer Rafael Goldchain, as part of the bi-annual Tanenbaum Lecture Series. 

Goldchain is a Toronto-based photographer whose diverse work reflects a personal history set across several continents. Born in Chile of Polish-Jewish descent, Goldchain was educated in Israel before moving to Canada in 1976. Over four decades, Goldchain has documented conflict and cultural change in Mexico and Central America, explored the link between identity, memory and history through staged self-portraits, and recorded landscapes and structures as meditations on aging and mortality. In this retrospective talk, Goldchain will discuss his major bodies of work, such as Nostalgia for an Unknown Land and I am My Family.

The free lecture will take place on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 pm at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts (122 Bond Street, room IMA-307, third floor). Seating is limited, and registration is required via https://bit.ly/2E0SVJL.

Goldchain is an alumnus of Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Applied Arts program. He also holds an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto and an MFA from York University. Goldchain’s photographs have been exhibited widely and published in two monographs: Nostalgia for an Unknown Land (Lumiere Press, 1989) and I Am My Family (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008). His work is included in the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale (Paris), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Portland Art Museum, and the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego). Goldchain is a professor in the Honours Bachelor of Photography program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.

The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the Ryerson University School of Image Arts.