2022 KARSH CONTINUUM ARTISTS SELECTED
The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that local artists Stéphane Alexis, Shelby Lisk and Neeko Paluzzi have been selected by 2019 Karsh Award laureate Andrew Wright for the 2022 Karsh Continuum exhibition and mentorship opportunity. This exhibition opens on February 10, 2022, at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa.
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"All three artists engage with photography in an expanded sense. Recognizing both the utility and the limitations of photography’s established traditions and conceits, they continue to make poignant works where photography is an important yet constituent partof their significance." -Andrew Wright
2022 KARSH CONTINUUM EXHIBITION
Stéphane Alexis, Shelby Lisk and Neeko Paluzzi
Curator: Andrew Wright
February 10 to April 3, 2022
Opening: Thursday, February 10, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa City Hall
In 2017, to acknowledge Canada’s sesquicentennial, the City of Ottawa presented a new exhibition, Continuum: Karsh Award artists welcome a new generation. Emerging local artists were selected by past Karsh Award laureates to participate in this special exhibition celebrating the future of artistic achievement in a photo-based medium. tinyurl.com/dfacam48
Continuing to foster this ongoing dialogue around photo/lens-based work, the 2022 Karsh Continuum exhibition honours the artistic legacy of Yousuf and Malak Karsh while continuing an intergenerational chain of mentorship that fosters photo/lens-based innovation.
About the artists
STÉPHANE ALEXIS is an emerging photographer who mobilizes his technical acuity and tender sensitivity to draw our attention to simple subjects that have profound implications. Proceeding by turning his attention to his immediate experience with razor-sharp focus, his simple images are revealed to be complex mediations on contemporary social relations that resonate with many. https://www.stephanealexis.com/
"This exhibition is an opportunity to create a wider audience for the communities that need advocacy and empowerment. I believe that exhibiting with other talented artists gives viewers the opportunity to observe other works that they may not have been exposed nto." -Stéphane Alexis
SHELBY LISK is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and photographer from Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). She uses a wide variety of practices in addition to photography, such as storytelling, documentary film and journalism, to explore subjects that are timely and important. Shelby is interested in capturing people's intrinsic connection to culture, land (place) and one another-especially through the stories of Indigenous people in Canada. https://www.shelbylisk.com/
"I am honoured to be one of the three artists selected for the ‘Karsh Continuum’ exhibition. Ottawa is the city where I first started working as a photographer and, after living away for many years, I am so happy to be back here and to contribute to the photographic community." -Shelby Lisk
NEEKO PALUZZI is well versed in traditional and contemporary photographic and related practices. His works are invitations to explore and interrogate our own subtly nuanced and complex histories, and how they contribute to the formation of the multi-faceted cultures we all inhabit today. The problem of how artworks communicate and come to be meaningful is of primary concern. http://www.paluzzi.ca/
"As an emerging artist, it can be difficult for curators and audiences to take your work seriously. This exhibition, along with Andrew’s mentorship, presents a real opportunity to add a level of professionalism that is not usually available to artists at my level." -Neeko Paluzzi
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