No Flat City: Victoria Vitasek

No Flat City, the new large-scale photography exhibition opening June 21st at Harbourfront Centre, brings a deliberate focus to the city’s surprising topography and land formations and dispels this illusion of flatness with extensive examinations of ravines and valleys, escarpments and moraines. As mentioned in our introductory post, we’ll be chatting with the six artists responsible for producing the exhibition as we draw closer to our opening.

Meet Toronto-born photographer Victoria Vitasek, a photographer who is no stranger to Harbourfront Centre. In 2010 she exhibited The Past, The Present, The Future — a photographic series of contemporary portraits of the leaders and participants of the Polish Scouting Association in Canada (See image below)– as part of Visual Arts Exhibitions Fall 2010. Chosen by curator Patrick Macaulay to participate in No Flat City, she chose to explore the landscape of northern Toronto through portraiture. In an effort to depict subjects interacting with the diverse land formations of the Oak Ridges Moraine, she began photographing family and friends in various locations in the Moraine, then expanded her scope to include members of the Toronto Region and Conservation (TRCA).

Victoria Vitasek, hm. Dawn Sokolski, Regional Commissioner in Brampton, Feb 2010, C- Print, 20 x 20 inches.

“The Toronto terrain has a lot of rolling hills. While driving up north, you cannot miss the scenic views and winding hills. As I would hike along the trails in the various conservation areas, I was very surprised by some of the drastic land formations and vantage points.”
-Victoria Vitasek

In the video below she talks to our own Mila Volpe about the challenges of completing her body of work and her overall experience working on the project.

The new exhibition will be open to the public on June 20. Generously supported by Menkes and taking place in our Exhibition Common (located adjacent to Ontario Square and Canada Square), the exhibition will be open and accessible all summer/winter through to June 2015.