The artists in this exhibition have an investigative outlook and continue to be informed by historical process of the image in a contemporary and thought-provoking way. Sound, Video, Photography and the viewer’s own memory provide an image-based platform for exploring the metamorphosis of the uncanny, a term that psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud used to describe a psychological feeling between terror and fascination. The uncanny is familiar and strange at the same time, a feeling of trepidation and a state of "curious coincidences" occurs. The uncanny is supernatural and fascinating leaving us feeling disturbed in a state of wonderment and fear.
Since 1998, the Art Gallery of Mississauga has had a moratorium on its Permanent Collection practice. 2013 signifies a new direction to reactivate the Collection which supports the emphasis of photography and contemporary digital practices. Historically, photography as an art medium was a way to record events; at this time photography has become ubiquitous in our increasingly image-driven culture since its invention in the early 19 th century. The contemporary image is often presented categorically with portrait, landscape, object focused or by marking daily life and its experiences. What continues to fascinate the AGM is the vision of the artist. The revised collection policy will create a stronger cohesive collection that addresses AGM’s new vision.