Since 1994, Proof has been Gallery 44’s annual exhibition of photo-based work by Canadian emerging artists reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography from across the country. To mark Proof’s 20th anniversary, we chose to respond to a growing curatorial field in Canada, and extend the scope of the exhibition in 2013 to engage emerging Canadian curators. From an open call for proposals, Mikhel Proulx, Alex King, and Catherine Barnabé were selected to curate from their respective geographic areas in Canada. Our aim was to employ local knowledge in achieving a diverse spread of artworks from across the country.
The resulting Proof 20 programme brings together a varied and fascinating combination ofartists and perspectives. It is interesting to see how Proof 20’s curators variously interpretthe defining terms of their commission: emerging and Canadian. Also of note is that in the absence of a subject theme from year to year, themes nonetheless emerge. This year’sprogram sees artists interpreting cultural, personal and natural landscapes. Their worksaddress reactions to new locales, the transitions of personalized places, and the inscriptionof liminal space into the frame of a photograph.
Derya Akay was born in Istanbul, Turkey. A graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, he lives and works in Vancouver. His photographic, sculptural and installation works have been shown in Vancouver, Istanbul and London. www.deryaakay.com
Pascale Arpin is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist with a Bachelor in Humanities andSociology. Arpin is especially passionate about using painting, illustration or photography to create works that relay political and/or social commentaries. Despite a lifetime of art-making, it was upon moving to the Arctic at the age of 23 that Pascale Arpin finally experienced both the freedom and inspiration necessary to create her most significant and mature works to date. www.pascale-arpin.com
Lindsey Bond is a photo-media artist born in Edmonton, Alberta currently living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bond completed her BFA in Photography at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2008. Her work engages topics surrounding cultural identity, communication in urban spaces, memory and the act of collecting. Bond’s work has been exhibited in Vancouver and Richmond, BC; Edmonton and Calgary, AB; Winnipeg, MB; Toronto, ON; Soréde, France; and Edinburgh, Scotland. www.lindseybond.ca
Maegan Broadhurst is a Montreal-based artist with a research interest in emotional geography in public and private spaces. Broadhurst has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ace Art Inc (Winnipeg) and has spoken at the My City’s Still Breathing Symposium (Winnipeg) and the Pop Montreal Symposium. Broadhurst is currently completing her MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University.
Alexandre Cv graduated in art history and garden design at the Université de Montréal. He worked with painting, drawing and sculpture before concentrating on photography. An autodidact, Alexandre has worked around the world and was the first artist to be represented by the gallery Espace Projet, where he curated three exhibitions. He is currently living in Montreal. www.alexandrecv.com
Corey J. Isenor lives in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He received a BFA from Mount AllisonUniversity in 2010 and most recently worked as Inventions Library & Archives Coordinator at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax. Corey has exhibited throughout the maritime’s in Charlottetown, Moncton, St. Andrews and Halifax. He has also been featured in the e-magazine Arts East and was a participating artist in the 2011 OK!Quoi? Contemporary Arts Festival held in Sackville, New Brunswick. www.coreyjisenor.com
Petra Malá Miller lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta. Born in Trebic, Czech Republic, she is a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Her photography has been exhibited across Canada, the USA, and Europe. www.petramalamiller.com
As the entity Turner Prize*, artists Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald and John G. Hampton explore the mysterious, social, and translative properties of the “creative act.” It is the interstices, the shifts and intangible spaces between ideas and representations, which motivate their practice. Formed in early 2008, the Regina-based collective has presented performance, photography, and installation across Canada and the United States. www.turnerprize.ca
Yi Xin Tong was born in Lushan, China, and has lived in Vancouver since 2007. He holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and is currently working toward a MFA at New York University Steinhardt. His installations, performances and videos have been shown in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and Berlin. www.tongyixin.com
Catherine Barnabé is an independant curator, author, and art coordinator in Montreal. She holds a Masters Degree in Art History, with a focus on contemporary art, from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since January 2012, she has held the position of exhibition coordinator and founding board member of Espace Projet, a new gallery in Montreal that encourages emerging artists in visual arts and design.
Born in Croydon, UK, Alex King currently lives in Winnipeg, MB. She completed a BA in Visual Culture at the University of Brighton in 2004, before working at Sotheby’s, the British Museum and Annely Juda Fine Art in London. A curatorial internship through the International Museum Studies MSc at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, brought her to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Whilst in Gothenburg, she co-curated Gender Matters in its City, Natural History and Maritime museums (May 31st – June 7th, 2011). In Winnipeg, projects have included The Littlest Museum (aceartinc., Oct. 2011 – Jan. 2012), In the Expanded Field: Sculptural Installations since 1970 (Jan.28th – Feb. 26th 2012) and All in the Family (Dec. 1st, 2012 – Mar, 10th, 2013) at the WAG, She is a curatorial assistant at the WAG, providing support for the exhibitions Winnipeg Now (Sept. 29th – Dec. 30th, 2012) and 100 Masters: Only in Canada (May 11th – Aug. 11th, 2013).
Mikhel Proulx is an independent cultural researcher from British Columbia. His curated projects have been shown in Europe, the USA, Jerusalem, and across Canada. He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design, and is now beginning his PhD in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University, Montreal.