The Ward: Representations and Realities, 1890-1950
March 16 – April 23
Although the buildings of The Ward are long gone, they continue to cast a long shadow in the city’s memory. This exhibition, located at the Ward’s southwest corner, will explore the story of Toronto’s largest immigrant slum, and how its representations often differed with realities in the neighborhood.
Curated by: Paul Bishop, Daniel Panneton and Marisa Strom
‘Remembering the Ward: Immigration Questions Past and Present’ panel will feature Desmond Cole, Nicholas Keung, Dr. Ellen Scheinberg, John Lorinc, and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.
MARCH 23, 2016
City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W, Toronto.
Michel Huneault – Post Tohoku (2012-2016)
May 5 – June 12 2016
SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL FEATURED EXHIBITION
A co-presentation by Le Labo and the Campbell House Museum
Artist talk Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6-7 PM
Opening Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7-9 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku pacific coast of Japan was devastated with a triple catastrophe: earthquake, tsunami, nuclear incident. More than 15,800 people died, 6,100 were injured, 2,600 went missing, and 128,000 buildings were destroyed. How can one live near or within such a traumatized landscape? How does one comprehend and represent the long-term impact of such a catastrophe in order to move forward? Can Tohoku be rebuilt, both physically and in people’s minds?
In 2012, fourteen months after the events, Michel Huneault went to Tohoku with these questions in mind, dividing his time there between volunteering for rehabilitation projects and documenting his experience through photographs and videos. In late 2015 and early 2016, almost five years after the tsunami, Huneault went back to the same 250 kilometres of Japan’s coast – from Fukushima to Kesennuma – believing that a view developed over a longer period of time is essential to understand the subtleties of how trauma and rehabilitation evolve, how a scared territory and its population can negotiate a new common future.
Post Tohoku – at the crossroad of documentary photography and more contemporary visual art forms – is part of Huneault’s long term commitment to look at how communities deal with large scale traumas. This cycle work includes his project on Lac-Mégantic, which won the CONTACT portfolio review award in 2014 and the Dorothea Lange – Paul Taylor Prize in 2015. Post Tohoku has received the generous support of the Canada Arts Council and of the Centre Sagamie.
About the artist : Before devoting himself full time to photography in 2008, Michel Huneault worked in the international development field, a profession that took him to over twenty countries, including one full year in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He holds a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Rotary World Peace Fellow, researching on the role of collective memory in large scale traumatic recovery. At Berkeley, he was a student and the teaching assistant of Magnum photographer Gilles Peress. He, then, became his apprentice in New York. Currently, his practice focuses on development related issues, personal and collective traumas, and complex geographies. In early 2016, he co-received the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship to continue his work on migration. Michel lives in Montreal.