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Sometimes photographs can be a bit mysterious – what, exactly, are we looking at? What is the scene that you are peering into? These questions arise often when we look at the series of photographs by Vanessa Hussey in the Nine Rivers City exhibition.
Meghan Rennie has a particular way of looking at the environment around her; as a photographer, the images she creates reflect this unique perspective. For the exhibition, Nine Rivers City, Rennie created images which are carefully crafted compositions constructed to give focus to a centrally placed object or subject.
When daylight turns to dusk and darkness approaches, our response to our surroundings dramatically changes. This change is related to our ability to see and observe what is around us. For artist Jade Lee Portelli, it is this apex of time that she focuses on for her photographic exploration of some of the city’s rivers. Her images capture the mysterious time when darkness starts to envelope the landscape and nature is by itself, void of human presence except for the glow of distant light. The rivers and landscape she photographed at dusk bring an eeriness and foreboding quality that we can observe at a safe distance within her collection of images.
After months of hard work and planning, Nine Rivers City is officially open. On the night before public opening, June 20th, we celebrated with a private preview and reception. The evening included opening remarks by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority CEO, Brian Denney, Adam Menkes, who spoke on behalf of Menkes, exhibition curator Pat Macaulay and of course William Boyle, CEO of Harbourfront Centre.
We’re just days away from the opening of NINE RIVERS CITY and our team is working around the clock! The images are arriving from the printers and they look amazing. We have just three days to install everything, but no worries – those incredible portraits are in good hands. Come down on Friday, June 21 and help us celebrate this fantastic exhibition in our new location in the Exhibition Common.
For the exhibition NINE RIVERS CITY, Christopher Manson spent months traveling with a group of Toronto and Region Conservation archeologists, photographing them on their day-to-day activities. He photographed the landscape they were researching and documented the procedures they followed from their controlled digs to the cleaning and analyzing of found artifacts.
If you’re driving east out of Toronto, there’s a bridge over a river that you cross, which is for many the dividing line between the city and the country. This dividing line is the Rouge River, starting at the Oak Ridges Moraine and flowing down into Lake Ontario. It’s one of many rivers that bisect Toronto. For the exhibition, NINE RIVERS CITY, the artist, Surendra Lawoti, chose the Rouge River to research and explore.
We are three weeks away from the opening of Nine Rivers City – our next large scale photo exhibition in the largest outdoor exhibition space in Canada. We’re moving the stands to a new and improved location in one of our new park squares. The space is called Exhibition Common and all 40 stands will be placed in a dynamic new configuration. The stands are being prepped and painted and will be being moved to their new location. Stay tuned as we get closer to the grand opening.
On June 21, we open a new exhibition, in collaboration with Toronto and Regional Conservation, called NINE RIVERS CITY, a stunning showcase of Toronto’s uncommon waterways which we hope will go a long way to fostering people’s understanding of – and appreciation for – this intricate part of Toronto’s urban landscape.