Richard Fung in a roundtable discussion on Queering Family Photography

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Queering Family Photography 

University of Toronto, Hart House East Common Room

Thursday April 26, 5-7pm

A free public event

Join renowned artist Sunil Gupta (UK), acclaimed filmmaker Richard Fung (Canada) and prominent Two-Spirited activist Albert McLeod in conversation with co-curators Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu for a roundtable discussion on the occasion of the Queering Family Photography and Friends and Lovers, on view at the Stephen Bulger Gallery 1356 Dundas St W, Toronto as a featured exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Upcoming Events

THE FAMILY CAMERA NETWORK is a partnership that explores the relationship between family photography and the idea of family. We are launching a community archive project that will collect family photographs and their stories.

Venue & Address: 
University of Toronto, Hart House East Common Room Toronto, ON
A free public event
poster for Queering Family Photography roundtable event

FOA Sabbatical Presentations: Barbara Astman, Richard Fung, Luke Painter & b.h. Yael

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Faculty of Art Sabbatical Presentations by Barbara Astman, Richard Fung, Luke Painter and b.h. Yael

Tuesday November 28, 12:30 – 2:30pm


BARBARA ASTMAN, PROFESSOR, PHOTOGRAPHY:  Professor Barbara Astman’s sabbatical objectives were based on furthering and expanding her practice based research. One of her objectives was to spend time in the darkroom to examine abstraction though the photogram process. The darkroom is her research laboratory and the methodology includes an examination of the material and tools available to create with hand made negatives in the darkroom. The negatives used for this research were clear glass, mainly figural vessels.   This methodology allowed for a greater questioning and reassessment of the potential of the photogram in image making, as well as allow for the art to thrive and progress.  This exploration also incorporated digital intervention as part of the study. The darkroom was our research laboratory and the methodology included an examination of the materials and tools available and or invented to fully utilize hand made negatives, using glass figural objects in both the colour and black and white darkrooms at OCAD U. 

RICHARD FUNG, PROFESSOR, INTEGRATED MEDIA/ART & SOCIAL CHANGE:  In 2013, Professor Richard Fung received a four-year SSHRC Insight research-creation grant, the principal deliverable of which was a feature length documentary, Re:Orientations, which revisits participants from my 1984 video Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians three decades later. The film considers the shifts and continuities in identities, politics and conditions facing people at that particular intersection of race, gender, sexuality and class. The fourth year of the project was designed for what SSHRC describes as knowledge mobilization, and that was the principal activity for my sabbatical year. In short, this involved organizing screenings and discussions of the resulting documentary film Re:Orientations at festivals, universities and community groups in Canada and internationally. During the year he also wrote a number of texts and realized another documentary film Nang by Nang. 

LUKE PAINTER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DRAWING & PAINTING/ DIGITAL PAINTING & EXPANDED ANIMATION:  Luke Painter’s presentation will discuss two different but connected works created during his sabbatical: Modern Wand and The Teasers and the Tormenters. The Teasers and the Tormentors is a 3D animation that references and continuously transforms set designs from 20th century theatre, film and   illusion shows.  The work travels across different time periods, exploring the tensions between competing movements and making tangential, formal and narrative connections between references.  Through the use of mirrors in the animation, the viewer’s perspective shows the action outside of the camera frame which becomes a reflexive technique that allows the viewer a sense of awareness of the space beyond the set. Modern Wand is a number of sculptures that are amalgams and translations of historical design objects and furniture. They are fabricated in glass and wood through traditional and laser cut techniques and rest on a series of interconnecting and raised carpeted platforms. These sculptures convey organic, ornamental and anthropomorphic sensibilities with the appearance of holding the body and also physically suggesting the body at the same time.  The work offers a space for the viewer to imagine the often-contrasting themes of functionality and fantasy that played out in the 20th century in relation to art and design practices.  

b.h. YAEL, PROFESSOR, INTEGRATED MEDIA/ART & SOCIAL CHANGE: In her report of activities during her half-sabbatical, b.h. Yael will reference a number of projects, some completed and culminating over a few years of work, and others initiated and still in process of research and development. One work follows up on previous work around the politics of Israel/ Palestine, this time a consideration of images of witness and how these are perceived; the majority of the work is autobiographical in various media forms: documentation through a completed website, experimental animation, memoire writing, and photography.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St., RM. 460, Toronto, ON
red hand on red background
photo of male dance in pose on the floor
image of colourful doors
illustration of woman reading

Richard Fung: Chinese Characters

shirtless man wearing hat
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:00am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Explore the many themes and movements that have shaped Canada’s visual arts landscape since 1968.

Continuing the storylines from the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, this special exhibition invites visitors to experience more than 150 works in all media, including sculpture, painting, video art, installation, drawing and photography. From the feminist art movement of the 1970s to present-day Inuit art, the richness of the national Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art collections is on full display. Highlights include Shary Boyle’s work on paper Untitled (the Porcelain Fantasy series), Joyce Wieland’s O Canada, and Brian Jungen’s impressive sculptures inspired by whale skeletons: Shapeshifter and Vienna.

Venue & Address: 
National Gallery of Canada, Contemporary Galleries B101 to B109, B201 to B205 380 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON

Richard Fung: Landscapes

image of a castle
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:00am to Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Ground Signals

Listen and look at multisensory art representing the land beyond landscape.

Paintings and picturesque photographs of Canada’s rugged wilderness and untouched nature continue to permeate our media and underwrite our national identity. Yet the Canadian landscape has rarely ever been untouched. The land has long been inhabited. There have been many centuries of cultural production by Indigenous Peoples that represent the land and the connection between nature and human experience in very different ways from the traditions encompassed within Western landscape art. During recent decades, new generations of artists working in Canada have drawn from a wealth of other non-Western practices and developed new forms of media to represent the land beyond the romantic, expressionistic styles and pictorial forms that have become so familiar. These artists invite us to consider our own presumptions and relationship to the places around us—beyond seeing them as scenic or banal, as sources of investment and industry, or as sites of recreation.

Gathering works by over a dozen artists from across Canada, Ground Signals features immersive, multisensory art that engages with land and water. The exhibition includes ceramic bowls that emit environmental audio recordings and Indigenous songs from northern Quebec; a towering sculpture of woven copper wire that broadcasts shortwave marine radio reports from a proposed pipeline terminus on British Columbia’s coast; a time-travelling shadow machine made of wax, paint, and human hair that transports visitors to the deep past of Tahltan territory; a gigantic mural of found blankets and building materials framed in words and writing about waterways impacted by industrial accidents; composite videos of Southern Ontario vistas morphing into English Romantic landscape paintings; and a solar-powered culture station collects stories in exchange for energy.

Building on several recent Surrey Art Gallery exhibitions that have addressed landscape, ecology, territory, and mapping, Ground Signals challenges viewers to listen and experience the land in fresh  and compelling ways through a combination of sounds and images.

Artists: Ruth Beer, Roxanne Charles, Marie Côté, Lindsay Dobbin, Richard Fung, Brandon Gabriel and Ostwelve, Farheen HaQ, Peter Morin, Valérie d. Walker and Bobbi L. Kozinuk, Charlene Vickers and Cathy Busby

Join us for the opening party on September 23.

Curators: Roxanne Charles and Jordan Strom
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery


Richard Fung, Warkworth Castle, part of Landscapes (2008), video still.

Venue & Address: 
Surrey Art Gallery is located in the Surrey Arts Centre 13750 88 Avenue Surrey, BC


Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 5:00am

New video projections by Professor Richard Fung, a Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic, interplay recent footage from Ontario sites with 19th century paintings and engravings by J.M.W. Turner. An exhibition catalogue with essay by Monika Kin Gagnon will be available. The McMaster Museum of Art acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts - Media Arts Commissioning Program for this project.

The Landscapes exhibition will be complemented by an exhibition of selections from the permanent collection y J.M.W. TURNER.

Venue & Address: 
McMaster Museum of Art Alvin A. Lee Building, University Ave.1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario

Regent Park Film Festival

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am

The Regent Park Film Festival is gearing up for another exciting year of diverse films, created by young directors, editors, and producers from the community. The program also promises to deliver international films produced as far away as Afghanistan and Australia.

"This year's festival is particularly exciting for us, because local and international emerging and established directors will be in attendance, from the Yukon, Bella Coola, Nairobi, Burundi, Kabul and NYC," says Festival Director Karin Hazé.

The festival has several new highlights including:

Communities Stories Opening Night Program (November 5, 6 p.m.)
Films related to their communities, international and local, are showcased on this night. Featured guests: Adonis Huggins from Regent Park TV, Biki Kangwana from Slum-TV (Kenya), Christopher Redmond from the Burundi Film Centre, Jack Johnson & Samantha Edgar from Our World.

Featured Guests (November 6, 7:30 p.m.)
Street nurse, Caroline Brunt, will present Bevel Up, a documentary directed by Canada's Nettie Wild and co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Regent Park Community Health Centre.

Panel Discussion (November 8, 1 p.m.)
A lively conversation exploring issues around relocation. Featuring community activist and writer, Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, NYC filmmaker Lauren Feeney (Garlic and Watermelons) and Regent Park community residents.

Performances: November 8, 10 p.m.
Juno award-winning dub poet and OCAD Professor Lillian Allen and producer, artist and activist Jarret Prescott will give a performance to remember at the Dominion on Queen restaurant (500 Dundas St. E.)

Also don't miss:

RPFF Professional 3D Live Animation Film Workshop for Everyone: November 1 and 2
This two-day film workshop will create a 30 minute animated film mixing
green screen techniques with performance to insert the participants
into archival photographs and 3D simulations of Regent Park.
Participants will examine historic neighbourhood photos, and then
develop short scripts in small groups with Cayle Chernin, acclaimed
Canadian producer, writer and actor. Participants will then perform
their scripts in a green screen session with filmmaker Jason J. Brown.

The final result will screen at the Regent Park Closing Ceremony: an
animated film using participants as actors in the historic and future
world of Regent Park! No previous experience necessary. Register by calling 416.981.6737 or Email your contact info to Workshop takes place at 600 Dundas St. E. rear basement at Focus: Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre.

All RPFF screenings are at Nelson Mandela Park Public School. Screenings and childcare are free.

Venue & Address: 
Nelson Mandela Park Public School 440 Shuter Street, Toronto, Ontario

Hebron : In The Eye of The Storm

Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, November 28, 2008 - 5:00am

Voices Forward is proud to present works by Israeli and Palestinian groups and individuals that deploy media in the art of resistance. This year’s events include Hebron – In the Eye of the Storm, an exhibition curated by OCAD alumna Henrjeta Mece. The multi-media installation employs photography and video projections to present amateur images of soldiers and civilians screened aside acclaimed video artist Richard Fung (Professor at OCAD) and a recent broadcast initiative from the city of Hebron.

The Exhibition features:
PROJECTED PHOTOGRAPHS from Breaking the Silence an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers who have documented interviews with hundred of soldiers who have served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifadah and ActiveStills, a group of Israeli and Palestinian documentary photographers who focused on the last forty years of history in Hebron. The images were prepared by photographers Miki Kratsman and Eldad Rafaelie.

JEHAD IN MOTION: Jehad Aliweiwi is a Palestinian Canadian who lives in Toronto and regularly returns to visit his family in Hebron. The compelling video projection is a double portrait of the man and the two cities he calls home. Jehad synthesizes the challenges and possibilities in these two very different but overlapping worlds. Jehad in Motion ruminates on diaspora urban space and the interpenetration of politics and cultures. It is also an intervention into the practices of documentary media, portraiture and installation art.

HBRON STORIES: Three short films Introduction, Tel Rumeida and Error from the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem. In January 2007, B'Tselem launched "Shooting Back", a video advocacy project that provides Palestinian families who live in close proximity to settlements or military bases, with video cameras to film their reality.

HEB2: An experimental community channel broadcasting over the Internet the daily life in the Israeli-controlled (‘H2’) sector of Hebron, Palestine. Involving its residents as both film subjects and filmmakers, Heb2 is an experiment in documentary filmmaking.

Venue & Address: 
XEXE Gallery 624 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What if there were movies made the same way as suits, custom fitted, each one tailored for one person? Some of the brightest stars from Toronto's fringe film and video scene--including OCAD alumni Midi Onodera, Jubal Brown, Su Rynard and OCAD Professor Richard Fung--will show dazzling and mysterious short films, and then discuss the genesis of their projects with Mike Hoolboom, editor of the collection, Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists (Coach House Books).

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel Ballroom 1214 Queen Street W, Toronto, Ontario

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 11:00pm

Speakers: Darren O’Donnell / Lesley Loksi Chan / Robert Lendrum

Moderator: OCAD Professor Richard Fung

Curator: Serena Lee

Go ahead and measure your truth in pixels.

Ask yourself, in this age of handycams, Photoshop, and reality TV, what counts as a document? Why do we bother documenting? This panel discussion redefines and examines documentary practices, our need to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and how creatively we are doing it. Join experimental artists working in film, video installation and theatre for a discussion on the benefits of lying creatively. All we want are the facts, just the facts, ma’am.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Four Points on an Aesthetic Map: Aboriginal Media Art in Canada

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 4:00am

Presented by Urban Shaman Gallery.

This project seeks to put a context and history to Aboriginal media art practice and provide a forum dedicated to the representation of Aboriginal artists working in the media arts. We have invited three nationally recognized curators to create programs of seminal works by Aboriginal artists, thus creating an online exhibition of Aboriginal media works representing major artists and movements within media arts discourse. The selected curators have produced critical essays and online curator's talks on the impacts and history of media art within an Aboriginal context.

Native artists work from a history grounded in the colonial experience. Yet an aesthetic has developed in spite of cultural oppression and repression that is distinct, vibrant and multi, as well as cross disciplinary. In many ways, the work of Aboriginal media artists can be seen as the outgrowth of a distinctly Aboriginal visual and literary culture. It represents an aesthetic of nexus based on an oral storytelling tradition and the increased participation of Aboriginal artists in visual arts culture.

As more media art finds its way into gallery and presentation spaces, we must examine the place of an Aboriginal cultural specificity. What is important here, is that this is not a dialogue about the formation of some pan-Indian identity politic, but that experimentation in media art by Aboriginal artists challenges control by others of our image and our perception. This is our point of departure.

Curated by Professor Richard Fung, David Garneau and Cynthia Lickers-Sage. Includes work by alumna Rebecca Belmore. To learn more visit the website.