May 11, 2017, 7pm - 9pm, The Galdstone Hotel
Muse | FEATURED SHOW – CONTACT PHOTO FESTIVAL
As a female photo editor at one of Canada’s major news organizations, I have been a firsthand witness to the unprecedented flux taking place in Canada’s contemporary photojournalistic landscape. From print to screen, still to moving images, the methods and materiality of photojournalistic production and dissemination has changed greatly. Despite the rapidly changing media landscape, the unbalanced gender politics of contemporary photographic reportage remain the same– females are disproportionately underrepresented.
Muse investigates the feminine role in visual storytelling by subverting themes of voyeurism, female subjectivity, and the often-unbalanced relationship between artist and subject. By featuring a group of emerging female storytellers with roots in photojournalism, Muse explores the construction of these women’s visual narratives from inspiration to completion, pushing against tropes prevalent in the industry. The appropriation of their work in a gallery setting, shown across multiple mediums reflects the changing media landscape and a shift towards new creative forms of documentary.
— Rachel Wine
Laurence Butet-Roch, Chloe Ellingson, Marta Iwanek, Anica James, Hannah Yoon, Galit Rodan, Annie Sakkab + Michelle Siu.
Curated by Rachel Wine
Muse is the result of a small group of female image makers coming together as a means of supporting each other’s work in an industry that often lacks diversity. It is an exploratory gathering of talents working collaboratively on projects centred on the human condition.