HOME
INFO CENTRE THEATRE GALLERY YOUTH INSTITUTE SCHOOL YIDDISH THEATRE
webEdition Default-Template   Gallery Home
  Current Exhibition
  Upcoming Exhibitions
  Past Exhibitions
  Public Programs
  Past Public Programs
  Publications
  About the Gallery
  Gallery Hours

 join our e-mail list  contact us  become a friend
Trading Places
Michael Ensminger, Rafael Goldchain, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
September 8th to November 13th, 2005

Curator: Martha Langford


VERNISSAGE
Thursday September 8 from 5pm to 8:30pm

PANEL DISCUSSION
THE SELF AS OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE
Sunday, October 16 at 2PM

This panel discussion, presented in the context of the exhibition Trading Places will explore the role of performance within contemporary photography. Conversation will revolve around issues of identity, kinship, otherness, displacement and difference that arise from the powerful work of the four exhibiting artists Michael Ensminger, Rafael Goldchain, Noritoshi Hirakawa and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew.

Moderated and led by Dr Martha Langford, curator of Trading Places and Artistic Director of Le Mois de la Photo à Montreal, the participants include exhibiting artist Rafael Goldchain and Jenny Burman, Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Communications, McGill University. The exhibition ends on November 13.

Rafael Goldchain, Familial Ground, 1999-2001
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, An Indian from India,
2001-2003
This exhibition forms part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal

In collaboration with Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, The Liane & Danny Taran Gallery is pleased to present Trading Places, an exhibition curated by Martha Langford and featuring photo-based work by Michael Ensminger (USA), Rafael Goldchain (Canada/Chile), Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan) and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (India/USA).

The work assembled in Trading Places seems at first glance to be very playful. Each project is built on a simple pretext: Michael Ensminger is disguised as a homeless person; Rafael Goldchain impersonates his ancestors; Noritoshi Hirakawa asks Japanese mothers and daughters to exchange clothes; Annu Palakunnathu Matthew mimes the idiom of Edward S. Curtis portraits. However, the critical edges of these projects become apparent on closer consideration.

Rituals of trading places are carnivalesque strategies that maintain cultural, political, racial, economic, and sexual tensions by releasing them temporarily. The switch – one person assuming another’s identity – is a reliable comic turn, exploited through the ages by Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Frank Capra. Trading Places is a photographic carnival.

For in-depth discussion and debate, come along to the Liane + Danny Taran Gallery as we host the conference The Self as Other – Photography and Performance, a panel discussion moderated by exhibition curator Martha Langford. To be held on Sunday October 16 at 2pm. FREE ADMISSION

Questions? Susannah Wesley, (514) 739-2301 ext. 339, swesley@saidyebronfman.org



Top image: Noritoshi Hirakawa, Eriko & Sachiko, 2002