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April 18–April 18, 2021
In the summer of 2017, Feminist Photography Network piloted an online residency, which brought together mid-career woman-identified artists from Canada and Scotland (via the Scotland-based WildFires: Women Photographers Network). The framework of the online residency revolved around monthly deadlines, feedback on work-in-progress, and peer motivation. Based in Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands of Scotland, and Toronto, the selected artists are aligned in their connection to photo-based practices, interest in community-building, and shared challenges in creating art. These artists have experienced common impediments, such as halts to their practice due to family commitments, precarious employment, and health issues. These and other variables, paired with the repeated underrepresentation of women in art, pose a challenge to sustaining an artistic practice. Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation explores the dynamic process of artistic production, including the failed shoots, self-doubt, and moments of clarity, while celebrating how the chaos of daily life can both inspire and hinder an artistic practice.
FPN organizers are thankful to the artists for sharing their processes so openly and honestly, and to Exhibition Project Coordinator Alana West for her tireless support and impressive organizational skills. Thank you to the staff at Harbourfront Centre for your insight and trust; designer Sophie Paas-Lang for bringing the timeline to life; and Tek Yang and OCAD University’s Epson Imaging Lab for their printing support.
– Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel, FPN organizers
This exhibition is made possible by Creative Scotland, British Arts Council, Danish Arts Council, UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Canada, City of Toronto and Canada Council for the Arts.
Feminist Photography Network (FPN) is a nexus for research on the relationship between gender and lens-based media. Using grassroot approaches, FPN focuses on community-building, production support, exposure, and critical research for Feminist-minded photographers. This is the first online residency they have organized.
Ida Arentoft is a Danish visual artist who graduated with a degree in Fine Art Photography from The Glasgow School of Art in 2010. Arentoft has exhibited internationally at places such as Copenhagen Photo Festival (Denmark), Fotografisk Center (Denmark), Code Art Fair (Denmark), Photo Collect Fair (Denmark), Street Level Photoworks (UK), Project Ability (UK) and The Art Foundation Metamatic: Taf (Greece). Her work has been selected for Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed by The Photographer’s Gallery (UK), ARTISIT? (Ireland) and Young Danish Photography by Fotografisk Center and Galleri Image (Denmark). Danish Women’s Library has commissioned her photographs for publication in various articles, and last year she completed a residency with The Bothy Project in Scotland. Alongside her own practice, Ida Arentoft teaches photography in museums, galleries and at photo festivals for various community groups.
Hannah Laycock (1982) was born and grew up in the Northeast coast of Scotland. Between 2005 and 2015 she lived in Brighton and London, where she cultivated her skills in fine-art and commercial photography. Her latest project, Awakenings, documents her diagnosis and subsequent experiences of living with multiple sclerosis.
Her work has been recognized in international competitions such as International Talent Support (Italy), and has appeared as the cover piece, accompanied by an extended essay on her work, in the BMJ’s Medical Humanities journal in February 2017. More recently, a short documentary film, Making The Invisible Visible, was produced about her practice for Wex Photo Video’s More Than An Image campaign, November 2017. Laycock studied photography at the University of Brighton.
Jennifer Long is a Toronto-based artist, educator, curator and arts administrator. Her art practice draws inspiration from the quiet moments and rituals of everyday life in order to explore the complexities of women’s experiences. Long’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries including and Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian (France), Städtische Gallery (Germany) and CICA Museum (South Korea). Her photography has been included in numerous publications including Imitations of Life (Loosen Art, 2017), Birth and its Meanings (Demeter Press, 2015), and Au feminine, Women Photographing Women (Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkia, 2009). In support of her practice, Long has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council for The Arts. Long is a founding member and administrator of Feminist Photography Network, a nexus for research on the relationship between Feminism and lens-based media.
Gina Lundy is a Bristol-born photographer (1979) based in Glasgow. She studied Documentary Photography at Newport University (MFA, 2009) and recently completed a Masters of Research in Creative Practices at The Glasgow School of Art (2017).
Lundy has exhibited in groups shows in London (The AOP, PEER, Hackney Downs, Mile End Pavillion), Glasgow (Glasgow Women’s Library), Brighton (Brighton Photography Biennial), Cardiff (Ffoto Gallery) and Bristol (Spike Island). She is the programme leader for the Photography BA (Hons) at the Open College of The Arts, UK, a non-profit educational charity whose charitable purpose is to widen participation in arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods.
Sarah Mangialardo is a Toronto based visual artist and mother. Her photographic practice employs narrative to explore issues surrounding trauma, memory and childhood. Throughout her career as a visual artist, Mangialardo’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries in North America and abroad. Her work can be found in collections and publications in Canada, as well as Europe, and she has been the recipient of support from The Canada Council for the Arts. Mangialardo completed her Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ryerson University (Toronto, Ontario).
Margaret Mitchell is a Scottish photographer who works within a documentary and portraiture tradition. She is the recipient of both national and international awards including the Sony World Photography Awards (Second Place Professional: Contemporary Issues, 2018) and The Royal Photographic Society’s IPE160 (Gold Award, 2017).
Mitchell’s work has been exhibited widely, including at Somerset House (London), the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh), the National Portrait Gallery (London), Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) and Getty Images Gallery (London). Her work is held in the collection at the National Galleries of Scotland. Mitchell studied photography at Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Artand is currently based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Clare Samuel is a visual artist, writer, and educator originally from Northern Ireland and now based in based in Toronto. She holds a BFA from Ryerson and an MFA from Concordia University. She has participated in many artist residencies, most recently at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited and screened internationally, and recognized by awards such as the Canadian National Magazine Awards and the Roloff Beny Fellowship. Her current project is supported by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. Samuel’s images and writing have appeared in numerous publications such as Prefix Photo, Photomonitor UK, and Border Crossings. She is a founding member and administrator of Feminist Photography Network, a nexus for research on the relationship between feminism and lens-based media.
Kate Schneider is a photo-based artist, educator, and kayak instructor living in Toronto, Ontario. Schneider has exhibited shows, presented at conferences, and published writing throughout Canada and the United States on the subjects of environmental sustainability and photographic discourse. In 2014, Senator Barbara Boxer used Schneider’s works as a visual testimony against the Keystone XL pipeline on the floor of the United States Senate. Her work has shown at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto), SoHo Photo Gallery (New York), the Great Plains Art Museum (Lincoln, Nebraska), and Spellerberg Projects (Austin, Texas), and has been published in Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward publication and PDN’s Photo Annual.
Arpita Shah is an India-born, Scotland-based artist. She works between photography and film, exploring the fields where culture and identity meet. Shah has exhibited her work across UK at galleries such as Tramway (Glasgow), An Lanntair (Isle of Lewis) and the Travelling Gallery (Edinburgh), and has been featured internationally as part of Chobi Mela Festival (Bangladesh), Detroit Center of Contemporary Photography (US) and Kuona Trust (Kenya). She was previously commissioned by Creative Scotland to develop new work for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and more recently was commissioned by An Lanntair to make new work exploring the oral histories of Asian Hebrideans. Shah is currently producing new work across India, UK and Kenya funded by Creative Scotland for an upcoming solo exhibition at Street Level Photoworks (Glasgow) in 2019.
Stacey Tyrell was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario in 1978. She is a first generation Canadian who was raised by parents from the island of Nevis in the Caribbean. She attended OCAD University where she majored in photography. Her work explores the interplay of race, heritage and identity within post-colonial societies and the Caribbean Diaspora. Her images have appeared in shows at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Royal Ontario Museum, the RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Colorado), the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum for Immigration and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been featured in various publications including the Huffington Post, Slate, Marie Claire South Africa and Renewing Feminisms: Radical Narratives, Fantasies and Futures in Media Studies (2014). She currently is based in Brooklyn, New York.