Marvin Luvualu Antonio among recipients of the inaugural Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship

Marvin Luvualu Antonio, Self Portrait #1, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 4:00pm

Photography student Marvin Luvualu Antonio has won a prestigious scholarship toward his fourth year of studies at OCAD U. His work will also be featured in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

From a field of 110 candidates, a jury selected three to receive $7,000 CDN each toward tuition for their final year of undergraduate study. Antonio is joined by Kristiane Church from the University of Manitoba and Paige Lindsay of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

Antonio was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and is of Angolan descent. His interdisciplinary work explores the topics of identity politics and the artist as subject.

Of this year’s winners the jury wrote, “We’re thrilled to be offering these inaugural scholarships to Kristiane, Marvin and Paige. Each of them demonstrates a restless experimentation and a unique view on the ways images are made and operate in the world. They have embraced photography as an expanded practice — their work includes performance, installation and participatory sculpture, as well as still and moving images. We’re pleased to support their final year of undergraduate study.”

Valued at more than $20,000 CDN, the scholarship program is intended for full-time students — Canadian or international — who are entering their final year of study toward a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in photography at one of eight participating post-secondary institutions.

An exhibition of their work will be displayed inside the Weston Family Learning Centre Community Gallery at the AGO beginning in November 2014. Their schools will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The national scholarship program is part of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada's largest photography prize and one of the largest art and culture award programs in the world. The Aimia | AGO Award provides more than $85,000 CAD directly to artists working in photography each year. A short list will be announced on Aug. 13, 2014.

Art Creates Change: The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series: Emily Jacir

Emily Jacir, embrace, 2005, photo by Stefan Rohner, courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:00pm

Presented by the Faculty of Art

Journalist Kaelen Wilson-Goldie has observed that “[t]he strength of Jacir’s work lies in her combination of opposites, seamlessly exchanging the sublime and the banal, the sentimental and the cynical, the spontaneous and the studious, the poetic and the political within a single piece.” Emily Jacir achieves her consistently groundbreaking work through a diverse range of media and strategies including film, photography, social interventions, installation, performance, video, writing and sound. Jacir has shown extensively throughout Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East since 1994. Solo exhibitions include Beirut Art Center (2010), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009), Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen (2008). Jacir participated in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); the 51st (2005), 52nd (2007), 53rd (2009), 54th (2011) and 55th (2013) Biennale di Venezia; the 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); Sharjah Biennale 7 (2005); and the 8th Istanbul Biennale (2003). Awards include a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Awards from the Prince Claus Fund in the Hague (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum (2008); and the Alpert Award (2011) from the Herb Alpert Foundation. In addition to these awards, Jacir has two monographs devoted to her work and has served on prestigious international juries. She is a professor at the vanguard International Academy of Art in Palestine. She currently lives around the Mediterranean.

The Faculty of Art at OCAD University is pleased to co-sponsor Emily Jacir’s Artist Talk with the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival. Conceived in 2008, TPFF uses cinema and art to explore the extraordinary narratives of Palestinians in Palestine and the diaspora. The films examine a wide array of topics from a unique and under-represented Palestinian perspective, and highlight the dynamism of Palestinian culture. TPFF also hosts other cultural events before and during the festival including art exhibitions, musical performances, outdoor film screenings, culinary events and discussion panels.

The 6th annual TPFF is happening September 28 to October 4, 2013. For more information visit

About Kym Pruesse
“Kym [Pruesse] was complex, complicated and often challenged those around her to think profoundly and creatively.” — The Globe and Mail, December 8, 2010

An artist, educator, writer and theorist, Kym Pruesse is celebrated as an expert in popular culture, art and design history, visual activism, art criticism and curatorial practice. A part of the OCAD U community since 1994, Kym taught courses in media and cultural studies, contemporary theory, women in art, art criticism, popular culture and studio. She believed in a cross-disciplinary perspective and taught in both the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Liberal Studies at OCAD U. She passed away suddenly in June, 2009. The Art Creates Change series commemorates Kym’s work at OCAD U, as well as her contribution to the Toronto art community.

The Kym Pruesse Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student in excellent standing who shows a demonstrated interest in curatorial practice, art and design activism and/or popular culture. If you would like to make a donation in support of the scholarship, please contact Development & Alumni Relations at 416-977-6000 Ext. 481.

Emily Jacir
embrace 2005
steel, aluminum, rubber, motor, motion sensor
179 cm in diameter
photo: Stefan Rohner
© Emily Jacir, courtesy Alexander and Bonin, New York




Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario