Left to Right: Donald Weber, “Omaha Beach Shrapnel #188, Sector Dog, White” (detail) from the series War Sand, 2013; Dima Gavrysh, “Tangi #2″ (detail) from the series Inshallah, 2009
Embedded: Donald Weber and Dima Gavrysh
New exhibition looks at war and and the extents to which we can experience it through photography
Toronto, ON, April 2, 2014 — Circuit Gallery presents Embedded, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Canadian photographer Donald Weber, from his new project War Sand, and Ukrainian born, U.S. based photographer Dima Gavrysh, from his award winning project Inshallah. The exhibition is curated by Claire Sykes with a catalogue essay by Sara Matthews.
As Canada’s troops leave Afghanistan and we prepare to mark the centenary of the First World War, Embedded offers a timely look at war and the extents to which we can experience it through photography.
In War Sand, Donald Weber looks closely at the beaches of the Normandy coast, the sites of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in 1944. His work asks questions about history and geology, and about sacrifice, memory and time. In a departure from his previous powerful images of people, Weber offers a series of beautiful and moody land and seascapes. These are complemented by micrographic images of sand collected from beaches that reveal the traces of war; embedded in the beaches there remain vast quantities of shrapnel and other war debris.
Dima Gavrysh was embedded as a photojournalist with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in 2009 and 2011. In the course of his work, he moved progressively away from the kind of direct reportage he was expected to provide, toward taking a different kind of picture with the project evolving into a personal catharsis for which this war became a background. His powerful series, Inshallah, offers a more emotional and embodied impression of that experience—one that seeks to convey the pervasive unease, confusion and frustration he witnessed there.
Embedded is the inaugural exhibition for Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA and marks the start of the gallery’s new partnership with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA will present four exhibitions a year at this respected venue located in the 401 Richmond building, a destination arts-hub in downtown Toronto.
“Circuit Gallery had been operating in a relatively nomadic fashion with regular pop-up exhibitions, but when we were approached by Prefix about a presentation partnership, we did not hesitate,” says Sykes.
Circuit Gallery began in 2008 primarily as an online gallery offering affordable curated editions of contemporary photography, and while this remains a vital aspect of the gallery’s business physical exhibitions, such as Embedded, and more conventional sales and artist representation are an equally important part of what the gallery does.
“We are very excited for the gallery to grow and have a more permanent exhibition home which will allow us to more regularly curate and present engaging and thought-provoking work from outstanding Canadian and international photographers,” says Susana Reisman, Circuit Gallery co-Director.
“We are also excited to be curating new work by Donald Weber for our first show here, especially given he was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank photography prize,” adds Sykes.
Donald Weber is a photographer fascinated by the subject of power—be it economic, political, psychological—and how it deploys an all-encompassing theatre for its subjects. His intense Interrogations project and accompanying book (Schilt, 2011) received notable recognition and accolades from World Press Photo, PDN, Aperture, and many others. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Duke and Duchess of York Photography Prize, and two World Press Photo prizes. Weber was most recently shortlisted for the 2014 Scotiabank Photography Prize. He is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo agency and is represented by Circuit Gallery (Toronto).
Dima Gavrysh is a documentary photographer who has, since early the 2000s, worked with major publications and news agencies such as Associated Press, Bloomberg News and Agence France-Presse. He has also worked on multiple projects around the globe, including collaborations with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations Population Fund and was embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan. Gavrysh’s work has appeared in a variety of international publications, including The New York Times, Stern, Paris Match and Time. Since 2009, he has been exploring the American war in Afghanistan through video installation, photography, appropriated imagery and data visualization. Gavrysh’s book Inshallah is forthcoming from Kehrer Verlag (2014).
Sara Matthews is Assistant Professor of Culture and Conflict in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interdisciplinary work brings aesthetic and cultural theory to the study of violence and the dynamics of social conflict. Her current research considers how contemporary Canadian War Artists are responding to Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. In addition to her academic work, Matthews curates aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. Her critical writing has appeared in articles for PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine, as a blog for Gallery TPW R&D, and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University and YYZ.
Embedded runs April 10 through May 3, 2014 at Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124, Toronto. Opening Reception takes place on Thursday, April 10, from 6-9 p.m. with artists in attendance and an Artist’s Talk + Discussion, moderated by Sara Matthews takes place on Saturday, April 12, 1-2 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
April 10 – May 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday April 10, 6-9 p.m.
Artist’s Talk + Discussion: Saturday April 12, 1-2 p.m.
Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5
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Dima Gavrysh, Zerok #2, 2009
Dima Gavrysh, Kandahar #1, 2011
Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Sector Charlie. October 3, 2013, 8am. 17°C, 93% RELH, Wind ESE, 13 Knots. VIS: Fair, Moderate Rain, 2013
Donald Weber, Gold Beach, Sector Item, Green. October 2, 2013, 7:35pm. 16°C, 87% RELH, Wind SE, 7 Knots, VIS: Good, Clear, 2013
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