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Dive into the worlds of two talented artists from Ryerson University: Hannah Somers & Lucy Alguire.
I Found a Place
Growing up, multi-media artist Hannah Somers was surrounded by household objects that appeared to represent her family’s relationship to her Trinidadian heritage on her mother’s side.
Although this culture was not an integral part of her childhood, Somers held a sense of reverence for these items—engraved drums, tribal masks, and colorful fabrics—that seemingly embodied a history and a community beyond the walls of her home in London, Ontario. It was only as she grew older that she came to realize that these were not prized cultural artifacts but instead cheap trinkets, many of them purchased at souvenir stores—stores which perpetuate stereotypes of the “exotic”—by her mother’s adoptive parents while on vacation.
With I Found a Place, Somers presents a series of photographs and a video in which she addresses the significance and falsehood of these objects. Spurred by her questions arising from her biracial identity, and by her disconnection from her Trinidadian heritage, Somers playfully re-presents the objects within the “neutral” context of the photographic studio, positioning her body in awkward and seemingly uncomfortable configurations as she negotiates her nuanced relationship to the freighted objects. Here, she casts a fresh light, creating a new space for them while simultaneously deciphering her own position within the Trinidadian culture.
Catching Byways Flies
In her series Catching Byways Flies, Lucy Alguire examines Algonquin Woods, a small rustic cottage resort on the outskirts of Muskoka, the locale of her family home. Memories of adolescence in this Northern lakeside setting are the point of departure for Alguire’s photographs, but it is her reflection on this past that imbues the work with meaning. Assuming a child-like state of boundless imagination, the artist becomes a proverbial bug catcher, capturing fleeting moments that buzz all around her childhood home, preserving and eternalizing them.
Arranged by season, the photographs in this exhibition mark the journey from spring—associated with birth, growth, and naivety—to winter—a time of year that evokes contemplation, decay, and passing. The images repeatedly return to the lake at the center of her childhood memories, functioning as the geographic glue that holds the surrounding area together. The lake also serves as a symbolic anchor to the series, as Alguire’s photographs not only document a place in transition—as of 2019, the resort is for sale—but her own personal growth into adulthood.
Adolescence can be defined by its transience, as one journeys from youth into adulthood. In Catching Byways Flies, Alguire commemorates this sacred developmental stage and its implications of impermanence, highlighting that home, too, can be fragile and fleeting.
Curated by Benjamin Freedman
On display until February 28th, 2021