French philosopher Jacques Derrida called it "archive fever," the
desire we have to create collective memory. The Art of the Archive
looks specifically at how this desire plays out through the
photographic and video images we choose to keep and share.
The Art of the Archive is one of the inaugural exhibitions
heralding the arrival of the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), Toronto's newest
public gallery. All the emerging artists involved are students or recent
alumni associated with Ryerson's School of Image Arts. The exhibition
includes works by Alyssa Bistonath, Kyle Brohman, Julia Callon, Jenna
Edwards, Tara Ernst, Daniel Froidevaux, Elisa Gilmour, Ben Lenzner, Marc
Losier, Eugen Sakhnenko, Kate Tarini, and Andrew Williamson.
aestheticizing the archive these young artists take their place within an
artistic enterprise long in the making," says Dr. Gaëlle Morel, the
RIC's first Exhibitions Curator. "The appropriation and study of images
from the past play an important role in photography's recognition as an art
Family history, the evocation of childhood, political
history and the architecture of the spaces that house archives are just
some of the themes explored in The Art of the Archive.
"Archives were once relegated to a subordinate position in the
history of art," says Morel. "But now the archive enjoys a prominent place
in contemporary artistic practice."
"The Ryerson Image Centre
will showcase student work alongside the œuvre of the world's
top professional artists, curated by national and international experts in
the field," says Doina Popescu, Director of the Ryerson Image Centre. "We
are proud to make work by advanced Ryerson University students in
photography, film, new media and installation art available to the many
diverse communities on campus as well as to the public."
work featured in The Art of the Archive includes installation-based
projects, film and large-format photographs. The exhibition is built on the
popular theme of capturing memory and history through photographs and
video, using personal experience as a point of departure. In an era when
the fascination with documentation through photography and video has never
been greater, The Art of the Archive is a timely, insightful look at
how we archive our lives.
The Art of the
September 29–December 16, 2012
University students and alumni investigate time, memory and history through
photographic and video images. Works by Alyssa Bistonath, Kyle Brohman,
Julia Callon, Jenna Edwards, Tara Ernst, Daniel Froidevaux, Elisa Gilmour,
Ben Lenzner, Marc Losier, Eugen Sakhnenko, Kate Tarini, and Andrew
Williamson. Part of the grand opening of the Ryerson Image Centre.
The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), Toronto's newest cultural
destination, is an international centre of excellence for the exhibition,
research, study and teaching of photography and related disciplines,
including new media, installation art and film. The new museum-standard
facility consists of approximately 4,500 square feet of exhibition space; a
Great Hall for lectures, conferences, screenings and receptions; a
glassed-in entrance colonnade with the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, a
16-foot new media wall visible from the street; a temperature and humidity
controlled vault for our growing collection; and a state of the art,
professionally staffed research centre. International in scope, the Ryerson
Image Centre features three interrelated areas of activity: an exciting
program of public exhibitions where innovative work by professional
Canadian and international artists addresses social, cultural, historical
and aesthetic issues; a world-class research centre that conducts research
into the history of photography and documentary media, and offers an array
of workshops, conferences and publication programs; and the collection,
which is home to the famous Black Star Collection of black and white
photojournalistic prints, as well as important fine art photographic
holdings and artist archives. The public can find more details, and
subscribe to the Ryerson Image Centre email newsletter, at www.ryerson.ca/ric.