Lisa Oppenheim wins the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography PrizeThe 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize has been awarded to Lisa Oppenheim of the United States. The announcement was made at a special reception held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Wednesday evening. Oppenheim was selected by public vote to receive the 50,000 CAD prize in addition to a six-week, fully funded residency in Canada in early 2015.
Runners-up David Hartt (Canada); Elad Lassry (Israel/USA); and Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa) also each receive a six-week residency as well as 5,000 CAD to support their artistic practices.
Lisa Oppenheim was born in 1975 in New York City, where she lives and works. Oppenheim's photographs and videos, including those that are a part of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2014 Exhibition, are composed of images and materials from the recent and not-so-recent past th...
Shake It - Polaroid exhibition at Pump House GalleryFrom the lyrics of OutKast’s pop anthem Hey Ya to clues laid out for the amnesiac protagonist in Christopher Nolan’s film Memento, the Polaroid has had a significant impact on contemporary culture. ‘Shake It: An instant History of the Polaroid’ brings to light some of the more intriguing and innovative examples in the history of the Polaroid photograph, exploring its cultural significance and the diversity of its applications. Besides work by some of the most important artists working with the medium, the show will also include Polaroids from other diverse professions and disciplines such as forensics, archaeology, medicine, filmmaking and fashion, as well as those of amateurs and enthusiasts.
Many of the works in this exhibition have never been shown in the UK before, such as David Hock...
PRUNE - abstracting realityThe exhibition PRUNE – abstracting reality focuses on the complex but intriguing relationship between realism and abstraction in contemporary photography. The exhibition includes only photographic work that is based on reality but which depicts this reality with a greater or lesser degree of abstraction. On show in the exhibition is work that first and foremost can be appreciated for its abstract, formal qualities, such as form, colour and composition. Only afterward does the viewer recognise the subject rendered in the work. Then the viewer becomes aware of an underlying story and the concept employed by the photographer. Usually it is the information in the caption which compels the viewer to relate to the work in a new way.
The exhibition emphasises that abstraction of reality is always present in photography a...
Shadows of Forgotten AncestorsShadows of Forgotten Ancestors est le titre du premier film majeur de Sergei PARAJANOV (1924-1990), qui en 1964 révéla le cinéaste et artiste soviétique d'origine arménienne à la fois dans son pays et auprès de la critique internationale.
Relatant l'histoire dramatique de paysans dans les Carpates ukrainiennes, ce long métrage est à la fois un précieux témoignage ethnographique et un chef-d'œuvre d'innovation formelle. Rompant radicalement avec les normes esthétiques et thématiques du réalisme socialiste en vigueur, PARAJANOV y développe sa vision poétique à travers une palette d'expérimentations, de l'utilisation de la couleur pour exprimer des sentiments comme le combat contre la destin&e...