A professor, photographer, art historian and four students have been named the recipients of the 2018 Research Fellowship Program of the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI). This year’s jury selected highly original projects that support research on photography and its history in Canada.
“We are delighted to welcome this second group of Research Fellows to CPI,” said National Gallery of Canada Acting Chief Curator with interim responsibility for the CPI, Ann Thomas. “We look forward to making the Institute’s many resources available to inform and enrich their projects, and in turn, to gain a better understanding of our collections through their research.”
Established in 2017, the CPI Research Fellowship Program is made possible through the generous support of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation and Canadian Photography Institute’s Founding Partner, Scotiabank.
Recipients are awarded up to $10,000 CAD each to pursue their projects through a full-time residency at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. They are also granted access to the Gallery’s team of curators, conservators, collection managers and archivists, as well as its library resources, exhibition spaces, storage vaults and conservation laboratories.
Lola Alexander, a doctoral student in art history and theory at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, will examine the work of five Canadian Indigenous photographers to explore how the artists use or reference historical photographs.
Hilary Dow, an MA student in art history at Carleton University, will explore the role of women in photography and in 19th- century photography albums in the CPI collection.
Martha Langford, Research Chair and Director of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, will pursue two projects: the research and writing of a comprehensive history of photography in Canada and a collection of essays on the development of photographic studies in Canada from 1968-1983.
Karla McManus, an art historian, and Andreas Rutkauskas, a photographer, will research the National Film Board of Canada’s Still Photography Division publication, Between Friends / Entre amis, a gift from the Canadian government to the United States at the time of its bicentennial. They will examine how the publication came about, its legacy and impact.
Marjolaine Poirier, a doctoral student at the Université du Québec à Montréal, will research the production and circulation of stereoscopic views of Quebec City and Montreal between 1850-1885 in the CPI collection to explore the relationship between the views of the cities and the construction of imaginary places.
Audrey Sands, a doctoral student in the history of art at Yale University, will research Lisette Model’s teaching, as well as her years working for Harper’s Bazaar.
This year’s jury consisted of Thierry Gervais, Assistant Professor at Ryerson University and Head of Research at the Ryerson Image Centre; Joan Schwartz, Professor and Head of the Department of Art History and Art Conversation at Queen’s University; and Andrea Kunard, Associate Curator, Canadian Photography Institute, National Gallery of Canada.
The Canadian Photography Institute will launch its next call for applications in February 2019. The program is open to photography experts – historians, curators, independent researchers, artists and other professionals in the visual arts and museology fields or related disciplines – working in Canada or abroad.
More information about the program’s terms and conditions is available at gallery.ca/cpi/research/fellowship. Interested candidates may also contact Cyndie Campbell, Chief, Library, Archives and Research Fellowship Program at [email protected].
About the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada
The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) is a national research and exhibition centre of excellence devoted to photography. The Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery’s Photographs Collection, with the unprecedented support of CPI’s Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. More information about the Canadian Photography Institute can be found on the Gallery’s website: gallery.ca/cpi
About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada’s premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan
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