No Flat City: Darren Rigo

No Flat City, the new large-scale photography exhibition, opening June 20th 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 Darren Rigo, who was born and raised in rural southern Ontario. The relationship he formed with the local landscape heavily informs his work. Now living in downtown Toronto, he regularly returns to the local, natural landscape to photograph and collaborate with the land that means so much to him. His work draws from this personal history and dissects the ways we are connected to nature and to each other.

We asked Darren to briefly let us know about his experience with Toronto’s Terrain and — more specifically — What he discovered about Toronto’s Terrain. Here’s what he had to say:

“The most surprising thing I discovered exploring Toronto’s terrain was the variety of features present. Ravine collapses, cliffs, hummocks and more are all tucked away around the city creating interesting microecosystems and silently revealing the geological history of our land.”

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Darren’s notes. Photo credit: Darren Rigo

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The typical kit Darren’s been out shooting with. Photo credit: Darren Rigo

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.