Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography celebrates a decade of photography with remarkable group exhibition

Ottawa, Canada - January 30, 2003


 Le Musée canadien de la photographie contemporaine célèbre une décennie de photographie avec une exposition collective exceptionnelle 
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP) is pleased to present a remarkable exhibition that celebrates 10 years of photography shown in its galleries in downtown Ottawa, through works by the country's foremost photographers. Confluence: Contemporary Canadian Photography is on view at CMCP from 25 January to 4 May 2003.

The exhibition
Comprised of over 40 works drawn primarily from the collections of the CMCP and the National Gallery of Canada, Confluence highlights photography's increasing intersections with contemporary art and demonstrates how artists have continued to push the boundaries of the medium beyond our expectations. Visitors will have the opportunity to see meticulously-printed, large-format landscapes, intriguing narratives that challenge our notions of documentary photography, poetic evocations of everyday life, and conceptual works that reveal the many ways photography can present ideas. After its presentation in Ottawa, the exhibition will travel to venues across Canada.

The artists
Confluence focuses on 17 major photographic artists working in Canada today, showing the incredible range and variety of their investigations. Most of these artists has been part of CMCP's past decade of programming - from established, internationally-acclaimed photographers, including Geneviève Cadieux, Edward Burtynsky, Jeff Wall, Lynne Cohen, Donigan Cumming, Evergon, Michael Snow, and Arnaud Maggs, to emerging artists, such as Damian Moppett, Kelly Wood and Janieta Eyre.

Panel Discussion
Where Photography Meets Art
Saturday 1 February from 1 to 4 pm

The relationship between photography and multimedia, and the role of artistic and photographic traditions in contemporary art photography - a main theme of the exhibition - will be explored further in panel discussion, led by prominent art experts, including Robert Enright, art critic; Bernard Lamarche, art historian and critic; Raymonde April, artist; Kelly Wood, artist; and Martha Langford, art historian, author and curator. The discussion will take place at the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada. Media are invited to attend.

Artists' reception: Saturday 1 February from 5 to 7 pm
Media are invited to attend an artists' reception that celebrates their contribution to the museum over the past decade. Several of the artists featured in Confluence, will attend and interviews will be arranged upon request.

Confluence: Contemporary Canadian Photography is complemented by a full colour exhibition catalogue with essays by CMCP Director and exhibition curator, Martha Hanna, and biographical notes on all the participating artists. It is available in the CMCP Boutique and in the National Gallery Bookstore


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