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School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO)
77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3K7
CANADIANA — Selections from the Art Bank Collection
This event is the SPAO Centre's official Gallery Launch and inaugural Canadiana exhibition. As well, the opening of this event is the Canadian Tulip Festival's official Launch Soirée!
Cocktail Reception and Exhibition Opening: 11 May 2018, 5 pm to 9 pm. Remarks at 7 pm.
Recognizing that the Canadian Tulip Festival — Festival canadien des tulipes was created by a photographer, Malak Karsh, the SPAO Centre Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by artists from across Canada. Thanks to a partnership with the Canada Council Art Bank / Banque d'art du Conseil des arts du Canada, the exhibition features choice works selected by Johanna Mizgala from the Art… Bank’s rich collection.
"Often associated with memorabilia or literature, the word Canadiana signifies that something is symbolic of this country and its culture. This term is problematic at best, especially in the current moment of intense debate about how we choose to define ourselves, which stories we choose to tell, as well as determining who speaks for whom.
The photographers in this exhibition have each turned their attention to the land — as a site of interaction, of conflict or of contemplation. They seek to trouble the idea of Canadiana by upending old mythologies and by telling new stories in their place. They invite the viewer to see the ordinary as extraordinary or to think about place as a continuum rather than as a location at a particular time and for a particular purpose. Each in their own way is interested in point of view, rather than a point on a map, or a line from the anthem.
We are extremely grateful to the Canada Council Art Bank for this opportunity to explore their collection. Canadiana is the first of a new series of annual exhibitions at the SPAO Centre."
— text written by Johanna Mizgala, Guest Curator
Our partners in this event are the Canada Council Art Bank / Banque d'art du Conseil des arts du Canada and the Canadian Tulip Festival — Festival canadien des tulipes