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
April 10 - May 3, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Artist's Talk + Discussion (moderated by Sara Matthews)
Saturday, April 12 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Toronto, ON, M6R 2G5
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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.
Donald Weber, Gold Beach, Sector Item, Green. October 2, 2013, 7:35pm. 16°C, 87% RELH, Wind SE, 7 Knots, VIS: Good, Clear, 2013
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 pictures of people, Weber offers a series of beautiful and moody land and seascapes. These are complemented by micrographic images of sand collected from those beaches that reveal the traces of war: embedded in the beaches there remain vast quantities of shrapnel and other war debris.
Donald Weber, Gold Beach, Sector How, Green. October 4, 2013, 5:45am. 17°C, 82% RELH, Wind SW, 13 Knots. VIS: Good, Broken Clouds, 2013
Donald Weber, clockwise from top: Gold Beach, Sample #213, (Assorted Shrapnel, Seashell and Glass), Sector Jig, Red; Omaha Beach, Sample #144 (Assorted Shrapnel, Seashell and Glass), Sector Dog, White; Juno Beach, Sample #073 (Shrapnel Fragment), Sector Nan, Green; Juno Beach, Sample #016 (Assorted Shrapnel), Sector Nan, Green, all from 2013. Scanned with the assistance of Kevin Robbie, Queen's University, using an electron micrograph and coloured according to chemical analysis to reveal iron, steel and and other remnants of battle.
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 us a more emotional and embodied impression of that experience—one that seeks to convey the pervasive unease, confusion and frustration he witnessed there.
Dima Gavrysh, Zerok #2, 2009
Dima Gavrysh, Kandahar #1, 2011
Dima Gavrysh, Brothers, 2011
Embedded runs April 10 through May 3 at Circuit Gallery @ Prefix ICA with an Opening Reception on Thursday, April 10, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (artists in attendance) and an Artist's Talk + Discussion (moderated by Sara Matthews) on Saturday, April 12, 1 to 2:00 p.m.
Donald Weber, Omaha Beach, Sector Charlie. October 3, 2013, 8am. 17°C, 93% RELH, Wind ESE, 13 Knots. VIS: Fair, Moderate Rain, 2013
View the Embedded Exhibition Catalogue on-line.
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, two World Press Photo prizes and most recently he has been 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 photographer who has, since the early 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. Dima's work has appeared in a variety of international publications, including New York Times, Stern, Paris Match and Time. Since 2009 Dima has been exploring the American war in Afghanistan through video installation, photography, appropriated imagery and data visualization. His 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, Sara 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 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.
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