Paul Roth addresses the group
Angela Grauerholz worked early with black and white photography and in the last couple of years and has started bringing colour into her prints. Many of her photos have a contemplative, out-of-focus quality of portraits, interior spaces, architectural components and urban and rural landscapes. "This exhibition celebrates the artist’s career through a survey of more than 70 works, spanning from the 1980s to today. Her photographs speak to the notion of memory, described by the artist as “a kind of amnesia, a vague recollection of something that can be conjured up, triggered by an event or site, but remains blurred.” A recurrent theme in her work addresses the specific architecture and distinctive display modes of archives, museums, and libraries, photographed throughout Europe and North America. She has documented a number of these sites of memory, focusing on how they function as constructed locations for cultural memory to reside."
A couple viewing the exhibition is reflected in the picture of a couple at the library in Angela's photo: La bibliotheque, 1939, azo dye print. Courtesy of the artist, Art 45, Montreal the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.
Altar Restoration, 2008, inkjet print. Courtesy of the Donovan Collection St Michael's Collection, University of Toronto
"I am honoured that my work will be showcased as a primary exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival at the Ryerson Image Centre this year," said Angela Grauerholz, winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award. "This Festival is known around the world for increasing the exposure and recognition for local, Canadian and international artists and for cultivating creativity and innovation in photography."
The initial room features photos of library books burned in a fire. Called Privation, 2001, Inkjet prints, a selection of 18 prints from the series
Schriftbilder, a collection of ancient, dead and surviving languages, 1999, Gelatin Silver Prints (photograms)