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The Continuum Talks: Panel discussion @ SPAO

The Continuum Talks: Panel discussion @ SPAO / Les Causeries Continuum : discussion en groupe @ SPAO
Panel discussion with Rosalie Favell, Tony Fouhse, Leslie Hossack & Olivia Johnston, moderated by Peter Simpson

Friday, October 13, 7 p.m.
All welcome. Free admission.

Location: School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, 77 Pamilla Street

This panel discussion will talk about what it means to be emerging, how photography is changing across the generations, and the state of photography in Ottawa. It is held in conjunction with the exhibition Continuum: Karsh Award artists welcome a new generation, which continues until October 22, 2017 at Karsh-Masson Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Continuum is curated by Melissa Rombout and features the work of Joi T. Arcand, AM Dumouchel, Leslie Hossack, Olivia Johnston, Julia Martin, Meryl McMaster and Ruth Steinberg.
Continuum: Karsh Award artists welcome a new generation is a special exhibition that honours the artistic legacy of Yousuf and Malak Karsh while continuing an intergenerational chain of mentorship that fosters camera-based innovation. It was conceived as a way to celebrate a new wave of emerging Ottawa artists during Canada’s sesquicentennial year. Recipients of the City of Ottawa’s prestigious Karsh Award were invited to choose a local Ottawa artist working with photography as a medium, a relative newcomer to stand in the spotlight.


Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, ROSALIE FAVELL uses a variety of sources to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman. Her work has been exhibition nationally and internationally and has been acquired by numerous institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.). She has received numerous grants, and won prestigious awards such as the 2012 Karsh Award.

TONY FOUHSE is an editorial and commercial photographer. He also spends a lot of time and emotion photographing personal projects. He has been nominated three times for the National Magazine Awards (and won once). Images from his personal projects have been published around the world and have been acquired by institutional collections including The National Photo Collection of Belgium (on permanent display), the Art Collection of Global Affairs, Canada and the Ottawa Art Gallery. In 2010 he was awarded The Karsh Award for Photography.

Focusing on the built environment and related archival documents, LESLIE HOSSACK has completed major studies of historic architecture in Vancouver, Paris, Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, London, Normandy and Vienna. In 2012, she participated in the Canadian Forces Artists Program and was deployed to Kosovo. Her books include: H-Hour; Registered; Charting Churchill; Testament; Cities of Stone, People of Dust and Berlin Studien.

A graduate of Carleton University’s art history program, OLIVIA JOHNSTON teaches photographic history at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. Her photo-based and multi-media work explores questions concerning art history, photography, gender, identity, vulnerability, and identity. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work can be found in numerous publications. In 2017, Johnston was shortlisted as a finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award.

PETER SIMPSON is former arts editor for The Ottawa Citizen, and now writes for He’s on the board of directors of SPAO, and is marketing director for Flora Hall Brewing. He lives downtown with his wife, Jennifer Campbell, their two cats, Dief and Baker, and more than 100 pieces by artists from across Canada, including many photographs.


This event is a partnership between Karsh-Masson Gallery and the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa.


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