Monday, May 02, 2016

Angela Grauerholz

The award winning photographer previewed her 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition at the prestigious Ryerson Image Centre. During the May 2nd event, which also continued the CONTACT kickoff, Paul Roth, Director of the Image Centre and co-curator of Angela's exhibition, greeted media and guests at the Howard Tanenbaum Welcome Centre, thanked the CONTACT organization and the primary sponsor Scotiabank and introduced the artist.
Paul Roth addresses the group

Originally from Hamburg, Germany Angela earned her Master's degree in Fine Arts (photography) at Montreal's Concordia University. She stayed in Montreal, winning an impressive array of awards, including the Canada Council Governor Generals Award in Visual and Media Arts, and has been a full professor at the Ecole de design at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal - teaching typography and photography since 1988.
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

These photographs are on display at the Image Centre from May 4 to August 21, 2016, part of the CONTACT Festival which has become the world's largest annual photography event . This year there are over 20 primary exhibitions and 20 free public exhibitions featured in over 200 events in Toronto. CONTACT runs from May 1 to May 30 every year along with year round programming at the CONTACT Gallery.
Schriftbilder, a collection of ancient, dead and surviving languages, 1999, Gelatin Silver Prints (photograms)
"We are proud of our long-time support of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and pleased to celebrate 20 years of photographic excellence, including the work of our 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award winner, Angela Grauerholz," said John Doig, Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank. "At Scotiabank, we know that the arts inspire Canadians to pursue their passions and provide us with new perspectives that enrich our lives."
The Ryerson Image Centre is located at Ryerson University in the heart of downtown Toronto. An active partner of the University, it allows for research, teaching and exhibition of photography and other related media. It is also home to the Black Star Collection which includes many iconic photojournalism images capturing figures and events from historical, political and popular culture as well as early space exploration.

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