Digital Photography Portfolio Review

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Digital Photography Portfolio Review
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers.

Limited availability; advance registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Tuesday, April 30 at noon

An opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to have a selection of their digital photography work reviewed by professional lens-based artists Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh. Each registered participant will be assigned a time slot with one of the three reviewers.


Kotama Bouabane’s photo-based art practice is approached in an experimental ethnographic context. He is interested in how specific cultures are constructed by investigating people, places and things through photography and images. Boubane likes to explore how images are presented and circulated and how this influences our perception of identity and location. The research that he conducts begins with personal experiences but also references the history and theory of photographic conventions both traditionally and contemporary. Truth and fiction are inherent within the nature of the photographic medium and his work aims to blur the line between the two.

Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), The New Gallery (Calgary) and Gallery 44 Centre For Contemporary Photography (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto.

April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Over the course of over 35 years, April has mined the distinctions between personal and public sites through film, video, photography and installation. Her work with objects and still lives are rooted in narrative histories that individuals accumulate throughout their lives and the ability of inanimate objects to shape memory. Currently this direction in her work continues in both photographic and video works with Provenance Unknown, and Variations a series of video works exploring the studio still life.

Hickox is currently associate professor of photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. An active community leader, the founding director of Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio, and Artscape Toronto. For the past five years she has been a member of the curatorial board of Art with Heart Casey House. Notable exhibitions include the, Harbourfrount Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Maclaren Art Centre, The Oakville Galleries, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Most recently her video work was shown at the Surrey Gallery in B.C.

Meera Margaret Singh is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BA in Anthropology, a BFA in Photography from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in Canada and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal in Canada. Singh has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards, most notably several Canada Council for the Arts production/creation grants, an Ontario Arts Council mid-career grant, and a Toronto Arts Council visual arts grant. She has been a selected artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts; artist-in-residence at The Art Gallery of Ontario; artist-in-residence at 1Shanti Rd in Bangalore, India; artist-in-residence at JACA Residency, Brazil; selected artist in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida; scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti; visiting artist/instructor at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India; McCain Artist-in-Residence at the OCAD University, Toronto. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. She is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD University.


T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.


Image (left to right): Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
Image (left to right): Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh.

Giselle Mira Diaz

10 Years is an experimental video, photo and live performance installation that examines issues of immigration and family histories from an autobiographical perspective. The piece is divided into ten segments that echo the number of years I have lived in Canada. However, the narrative covers a larger time period and even intergenerational experiences and histories, such as the fifty-year chapter of violence in Colombia that resulted in the displacement and migration of thousands of families including my own.

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is an interdisciplinary designer working at the intersection of lens-based media, installation and intervention. Campbell investigates signs and patterns of urban intensification as played out on development sites, parking lots and public sidewalks. Her work frequently explores physical mapping practices as a means to interpret and reflect on the design dynamics found within the urban landscape, confronting issues caused by the intensification of development. Using codes such as floor plans and clearance zones, Campbell re-organizes space into performative zones.

April Hickox

April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Over the course of over 35 years, she has made images that reflect the natural world, through which I hope to transport the viewer to a place they may have been and is perhaps familiar. Through lens-based explorations of site and place, she investigate collective histories embedded in the landscape. Observe tracts of land that have escaped development, or areas that are in the process of natural regeneration.

Digital Image Slam brings powerful pictures to the Great Hall

Two images of a woman on a pink background
Group of people in hats and colourful clothes
Picture of troll dolls lined up on a shelf
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 4:00am

It was an evening filled with humour, inspiration and personal experiences. Members of the OCAD University community and the general public were invited to share their pictures and talk about them at an un-curated digital image slam on June 15.