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CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins at the OAG Annex

The Ottawa Art Gallery Presents CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins at the OAG Annex

Exhibition dates: April 28 - June 11, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 2017, 7 PM – 9 PM (General Public)
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, 613.233.8699

CANADA CANADA Media Preview, with artist Rip Hopkins in attendance:
April 27, 2017, 5 PM – 5:30 PM
Media RSVP:
Véronique Couillard, Media Relations, Ottawa Art Gallery
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca, 613.233.8699, x244

Rip Hopkins will also be available for media interviews from Tuesday, April 25th to Sunday, April 30th, 2017. To book an interview with the artist:
Véronique Couillard, Media Relations, Ottawa Art Gallery
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca, 613.233.8699, x244


For photographer Rip Hopkins, capturing scenes of everyday life is a way to connect with a new country. Hopkins inserts himself, often humorously, in every photograph.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) presents CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins in partnership with the French Embassy, and with the support of the British High Commission and Ottawa 2017, as part of the Ottawa Welcomes the World series. The exhibition highlights the work of Rip Hopkins, an internationally renowned photographer who was born in Sheffield, UK, studied in Paris, France, and is currently living and working in Belgium.

“The OAG is pleased to partner with the Embassy of France, the British High Commission, and Ottawa 2017 to present new work by internationally renowned contemporary photographer, Rip Hopkins. By placing himself within the photographs, Hopkins implicates himself and his audience into the sometimes intimate and sometimes spectacular vision of our nation’s capital.”
- Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery

“France is honored, along with the United Kingdom, to mark 150 years of Canada with a collection of images by Rip Hopkins that pay tribute to a nation rich in its diversity and generous with its hospitality.”
- His Excellency Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of France to Canada

“Presented in the framework of Ottawa Welcomes the World, Canada Canada is a creative jewel and a splendid collaboration between the Embassy of France, the British High Commission, Ottawa 2017 and the Ottawa Art Gallery. What a pleasure to have been able to work with the super-talented and energetic Rip Hopkins. This exhibition will surely be a success in Ottawa and will provide great visibility in France and England for our capital.”
- Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017

Over the course of a year, Hopkins made multiple visits to Canada, connecting with and photographing a variety of people, groups and activities in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. This archive of work can be viewed as a photographic trajectory of Hopkins’ travels and the relationships he formed in an array of public sectors; from his participation in a yoga session on Parliament Hill, to restocking the shelves at a T & T Supermarket, and riding a horse with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Inspired by the documentary aesthetics of Walker Evans and Robert Frank, Hopkins has captured scenes of everyday life - while simultaneously inserting himself into each photograph and subverting the notion of objectivity. Sometimes easy to spot, while at other times a ‘Where’s Waldo’ challenge, his inclusion humorously reveals that each image has been staged. Often swapping clothing with or being redressed by his subjects, his photographic process is a way to navigate a new country, while the photographs produced are inherently reflexive and have more to say about the maker than the depicted subjects.

Dropbox link to CANADA CANADA images: http://www.dropbox.com/sh/0hwd17bkhplynj2/AAABcfE1okPW_iMfLzLqQXXVa?dl=0


Artist Biography
Rip Hopkins was born in Sheffield, UK, and studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris. For almost ten years, he worked in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders to produce photo and documentary reports about endangered populations across the world, and his most recent project was Belgian Blue Blood (2016), a series of photographs relating to the Belgian aristocracy. He has exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery (London), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), the Maison européenne de la Photographie (Paris), and the Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain (Strasbourg). His work is included in the collections of the Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Art Foundation, LaSalle Bank, HSBC Foundation, and the Centre Pompidou. In Europe, he is represented by Galerie Le Réverbère and LT2.

The exhibition
CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins is presented by the Ottawa Art Gallery and the French Embassy, with the support of the British High Commission and Ottawa 2017. It is on view from April 28 to June 11, 2017, at the OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1.

Organized by Pépita Car, Cultural coordinator, French Embassy in Canada.

Ottawa Welcomes the World is an Ottawa 2017 series of world-class cultural events promoting and strengthening ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversary.


Visitor/Listings Information
The OAG Annex is open daily 9 am to 8 pm.
Free admission. Wheelchair accessible. Parking available.

Exhibition dates: April 28 - June 11, 2017
Opening Reception: April 27, 7 PM – 9 PM (General Public)
Where: OAG Annex, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa, 613.233.8699

For more information, interviews and images, contact:
Véronique Couillard
Public and Media Relations Manager
vcouillard@ottawaartgallery.ca
Ottawa Art Gallery
2 Daly, Ottawa ON K1N 6E2
613.233.8699, x 244

 

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