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Photograph of Awol Erizku's Purple Reign (Bitches Brew), 2017

Awol Erizku, Purple Reign (Bitches Brew), 2017, framed chromogenic print, 61 x 50.80 cm (24 x 20 in). Courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles.


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December 3 & 4, 2017 10 am - 5 pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

This two-day symposium, presented in partnership with Aperture magazine, brings together artists, writers and scholars working with photography and image culture to consider the potentials and limits of the medium as a vehicle for empathy, agency, and freedom, both individual and collective. 
What does urgency look like? For whom are photographs powerful? What collective action can images mobilize? What does sharing an image do? And, how might an image call forth a future? 


Liz Johnson Artur, Artist
Raymond Boisjoly, Artist
Chris Boot, Director, Aperture 
Sandra Brewster, Artist
Michèle Pearson Clarke, Artist
Rhea Combs, Curator
Julie Crooks, Curator
Dayna Danger, Artist
John Edmonds, Artist
Awol Erizku, Artist
Jason Evans, Photographer
Michael Famighetti, Editor, Aperture 
Sunil Gupta, Artist

Sophie Hackett, Curator
Lyle Ashton Harris, Artist
David Hartt, Artist
Taisuke Koyama, Artist
Zun Lee, Artist
Ken Lum, Artist
Annie MacDonell, Artist 
Nelson Morales, Artist
Gaëlle Morel, Curator
Wanda Nanibush, Curator
Chino Otsuka, Artist
Adrian Stimson, Artist 
Hank Willis Thomas, Artist
Adelina Vlas, Curator


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