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2020 Events at RIC


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Winter 2020

Winter Exhibitions Opening Party

Join us to celebrate a new season of exhibitions. Light refreshments and cash bar provided.

Wednesday, January 22
6—8 pm

Opening Party

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Paul Roth and Gaëlle Morel 

The Making of an Exhibition. Stories from the Picture Press: Black Star Publishing Co. & The Canadian Press

Join Paul Roth, RIC Director, and Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, for a behind-the-scenes presentation of the upcoming exhibition Stories from the Picture Press: Black Star Publishing Co. & The Canadian Press, on view at the RIC in fall 2020. Using original prints from the Black Star Collection, Roth and Morel will discuss the concept behind the exhibition, the editing process, and the challenges inherent to working with large collections of press photography.

Thursday, February 6
12 pm 

Collection Talk 

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-241

Special Tour of Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW

Join Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, Gary Hall, Gallery TPW Founding Executive Director, and Nina Levitt, artist and Gallery TPW Founding Program Coordinator, for a special behind-the-scenes tour of Extending the Frame: 40 Years of Gallery TPW. 

Wednesday, February 12
6 pm

Exhibition Tour

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Opening Party for Shaun Fernandes: Getting the Most from Your Hammer

Join us for a party to celebrate the opening of Shaun Fernandes: Getting the Most from Your Hammer in our Student Gallery. 

Wednesday, March 4
6–8 pm

Opening Party

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Noon Time Collection Talk with Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Join photographer and writer Vincenzo Pietropaolo for a Noon Time Collection Talk on the representation of work in the RIC’s Black Star Collection. Editorial images made for magazines and newspapers and pictures used for government propaganda or industrial publicity will be on display, featuring manufacturing projects, mines, and quarries, alongside scenes of agriculture and fishing. This talk invites viewers to consider the context in which these various images were taken, their audience and their purpose.

Thursday, March 12
12 pm

Collection Talk 

Peter Higdon Research Centre
122 Bond Street, Toronto, second floor, room RIC-241

Fall 2020

Tanenbaum Lecture with Stephen Waddell

Vancouver-based artist Stephen Waddell, winner of the 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award, is known for his urban scenes made in Canada and Europe. Drawing on the tradition of 19th-century French Realist painting, the artist imbues his large-scale photographic tableaux—primarily depicting solitary individuals absorbed in their thoughts and daily activities—with careful attention to scale and light. In this virtual talk, Waddell will discuss work created over two decades, presented in conjunction with this season’s Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition. The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Lecture Series is co-presented biannually by the Ryerson Image Centre and the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. Watch the video.

Wed., Sept. 30
7 pm ET

Artist Talk

Online via Zoom
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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

Online via Zoom
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Youth in Conversation: Mohamed Bourouissa’s Horse Day

Join emerging artists Kourtney Jackson, Sadaf Khajeh and Hermmela Tafesse for a roundtable discussion focused on Mohamed Bourouissa’s two-channel video installation Horse Day. Moderated by RIC Outreach Programmer soJin Chun and Nawang Kinkar, graduate student in Ryerson University's F+PPCM program, 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/educator who explores alternative dialogues that emerge in-between cultures and disciplines. Chun's artistic practice is inspired by her Korean diasporic experience in Bolivia and Canada, that has allowed her to navigate spaces in-between cultures and languages. By exploring artists, exhibitions and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations, she aims to create inclusive dialogue about contemporary art that is socially-engaged. Collaboration is an essential part of her process as she has worked extensively with BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada and South America. Chun has participated in artist residencies, festival screenings and exhibitions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Through these international opportunities, she has developed a collaborative art practice to investigate local narratives of political struggles from communities fighting to overcome the effects of colonization and globalization. soJin's video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and V-Tape (Toronto). 

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 Khajeh 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 Kinkar (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

Online via Zoom