SARA ANGELUCCI

SARA ANGELUCCI is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, video and audio. Her work explores vernacular photographs and films, analyzing the original context in which images are made. Drawing attention to conventions of image making, her work foregrounds the cultural role vernacular images play in framing particular stories, creating histories, and memorialization. Angelucci’s work has developed from an examination of the family archive and immigration, to a broader analysis and interpretation of anonymous/found photographs. In recent photography, video, and audio projects, Angelucci draws from the history of photography, as well as natural and social histories, transforming found images and repositioning them within the broader cultural context from which they emerge.

 

SARA ANGELUCCI completed her BA at the University of Guelph and her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her photography across Canada including exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University, Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Vu in Quebec City, the Toronto Photographers Workshop, the MacLaren Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Richmond Art Gallery, and the St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. Her work has been included in group shows in the US, Europe, and at the Pingyao Biennale in China. Her videos have been screened across Canada and abroad, at festivals in Europe, China, Australia and the U.S. She has participated in artist residencies at the Art Gallery of Ontario, NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre, and at Biz-Art in Shanghai.

 

ANGELUCCI is an Adjunct Professor in Photography at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

 

AVIARY

 

Aviaries, like photographs, sprang forth in the nineteenth century, a time of keen interest in science, unprecedented colonial expansion, and a rapacious appetite for collecting. Shooting, a word associated with hunting, also lent itself perfectly to the idea of pointing a lens and capturing an image. The same colonial enterprise that drove the Victorians to expand their rule to a quarter of the world’s land and a fifth of its population, spurred a sense of callous entitlement over its creatures, hunted for sport and captured for the pleasure of entertainments. With an increasing desire for imported goods, there came too an avid demand for exotic birds, to be held in aviaries, or preserved by taxidermists.

 

The growth of consumer demand for photographs was just as fervent. In 1854 French photographer André Disdéri patented a new process that would revolutionize the trading and collecting of photographs. The carte-de-visite, as it was known for its small visiting card size, was a portrait photograph that could be cheaply produced in large quantities. Almost anyone could then afford to have their photograph taken and their multiplicity made them easy for trading with acquaintances and loved ones. The carte-de-visite became a craze for portrait collection, spawning commercial studios that spread from Europe to North America. No nineteenth century parlour was complete without a photographic album replete with cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards (a larger version) of friends, family members, and celebrities.

 

Women were the definitive keepers of the family album, and all things related to the parlour were within her purview. The parlour became a microcosm of society, expressing the customs of the times, and the interests and desires of those who inhabited them. The parlour was where the family, with the woman of the house at its social helm, would receive visitors, and there enact the roles of civilized social exchange. The many objects on display expressed the family’s class and cultural sophistication. One could apply a semiotic translation of the codes embedded in each object. Among other areas of interest, the craze over natural history and scientific thought had plenty of markers in the parlour including specimens like shells, minerals, and fossils; objects found in nature but “processed”—stuffed birds and animals, seaweed in albums, dried flowers; and objects containing live specimens—birdcages, Wardian cases (containing live exotic plants), and acquaria.1Taxidermy was seen at the time as a fitting hobby for young ladies.

 

Oddly, for all of its passion for science and the rationalization of nature, the 19th century was the same era that produced the Spiritualist movement, and Spirit Photography—a period when a curious belief in otherworldly manifestations and ghostly apparitions held sway. The family parlour played a central role here too, for it was there that séances took place. Directed by a medium who seemingly communed with the dead, the spiritualists believed that the dead resided in a world within reach. In the phenomenon known as Spirit Photography, images of deceased persons mysteriously appeared faintly hovering in the background of a portrait. Spirit photographs were a perfect foil to a culture obsessed with mourning. The Victorian era was a time when mourning was lavishly ritualized, and funerals were made into grand public spectacles. An entire industry developed around the funeral, making it possible to stage expensive and elaborate performances of grief. Photography, the perfect indexical form, supported this beautifully, with images of the deceased embedded in mourning jewelry—lockets, pins, and bracelets, often interwoven with strands of hair. Post-mortem photographs were also a popular way to create a memento of the dead.

 

The photographs in Aviary embody many themes of the nineteenth century. Born of the domestic realm, they express a conflation of interests where the family photo album, with its role of commemoration, is brought together with natural science and spiritual emanations. Made by combining photographs of endangered or extinct North American birds with anonymous nineteenth century cartes-de-visite portraits—they portray creatures about to become ghosts. Of the two extinct birds featured in the series, the plight of the passenger pigeon is particularly telling. Once the most numerous bird in North America, numbering in the billions, it was wiped out by 1914 through a combination of brutal over-hunting and habitat destruction.

 

So how do we read these strange human-birdlike creatures? One could at once see them as manifestations of their time: a hybrid crossover of faith in science with a belief in otherworldly beings. As W. G. Sebald writes in Campo Santo, “[photography is] in essence, after all…nothing but a way of making ghostly apparitions materialize by means of a very dubious magical art.”2 And, what would it mean to embody another creature: Could one then see, feel, and understand its desire to live? Might we then imagine theAviary portraits as chimera suspended in a state of empathy, and wonder what our treatment of other sentient beings might be if we could feel what they feel, or see what they see? 

 

LACRIMOSA

 

The term lacrimosa comes from a movement in the requiem mass, the mass performed for the dead. It has been said many times that a photograph itself is a record of death, as the image immediately fixes a time that has passed; what was of that person is no longer. Lacrimosa is originally derived from the Latin word for tears, lacrimare, and it was in this context that I first encountered it. Under the photo-ceramic portrait of a young woman on a gravestone in Ortezzano, a small village in Italy, was written the touching sentiment “Sinceramente Lacrimate,” sincerely cried for.

 

The photographs in the exhibition Lacrimosa were taken during a two-month sojourn in Montottone, on the central Adriatic coast, where there are living relatives who knew my great-grandparents and great-uncle, the village miller. The old mill still stands in this 11th-century Italian village, although is about to be torn down.

 

Days move slowly in Montottone. There is time for afternoon coffee, to sit and talk with the elderly, for stories to unfold, and for visits to the graves of the dead. As I settled into the village, I began to ask people to show me their old photographs. I wanted to understand what rural life was like during and after the war, the period before my family immigrated to Canada. Did women really carry water on her heads and wash clothes in the river? Where were the public fonts and bakery? What was life like during the war?

 

In the village, photographs play an important memorializing role. As most people were poor before and after the war, they had only a few photographs to show of their early years—usually taken on formal occasions. The ones they had became precious mementos of loved ones, or of the way they themselves were at an earlier age.

 

I photographed a number of these older villagers holding their favourite or most important photograph. In this series of women, the hands holding the image become the frame, a kind of mise-en-abyme, as the woman holding the photograph is pictured in the photograph she holds.

 

For my aunts, visits to the cemetery are an important part of the weekly ritual in Montottone. Here more stories unfolded as we gazed at grave portraits. The tradition of ceramic grave portraits is still thriving in Italy, as well as in many other countries. Though patented by two French inventors in 1854, the form was adopted and popularized by the Italians, who took the tradition abroad with them as they emigrated. Writer John Maturi explores the tradition of the photo-ceramic portrait and its relationship to Catholic cultures. “Within Catholic religious culture,” he writes, “…the realm of the spirit is not utterly transcendent to the world, and social and familial relationships and obligations do not end with death.1 Indeed, as Lisa Montarelli expands, “…the living have an obligation to pray for dead loved ones in order to speed their passage through purgatory, a transitional state in which souls who die in sin are purified.2 So the photo-ceramic portrait serves an important purpose; it keeps the memory of deceased persons vivid and alive.

 

Passing the cemetery one evening, I was struck by how it glowed like a small city; as the village went to sleep, the cemetery came awake. In many Italian cemeteries graves are adorned with a small electric light—keeping vigil in the darkness. By visiting this site at night, I was able to record the haunting beauty of these glowing portraits.

 

From the series of photo-ceramic portraits I photographed in Montottone and nearby Ortezzano, many stories arose. As I strolled through the cemetery with my two aunts, who have lived in the village for some seventy-five years, I heard fragmentary tales of the people there; what they were reputed to have been like, who was related to whom or the sad details of their passing. One story stood out—that of Pierina Bordacconi who died of tuberculosis in 1928 at just 16 years old. Pierina is said to have been the greatest beauty of the village, and indeed as her face shines out from her portrait, framed by schoolgirl braids, her beauty still radiates. More than eighty years after her passing, Pierina’s grave is adorned with fresh flowers from local admirers.

 

The images in Lacrimosa pay homage to the preciousness and importance of the photograph in the quotidian life of this small Italian town, and indeed in the lives of many people. From the few images taken during life, the family would choose the one that would represent a person for eternity. Like the lament in the requiem, Lacrimosa recognizes the role the photograph plays in ritualizing grief and remembrance, and in creating a link between the living and the dead, for generations to come. 

 

REGULAR 8

 

Sara Angelucci’s Regular 8 series returns film to its origin in the still image, while turning our attention to the post-war nuclear family of the 1950s. A period characterized by growing consumption, new mobility, and a large population aspiring to middle class success, it also witnessed the spread of eight millimeter or “Regular 8” home movies. Playing on the idiosyncratic interference caused by Kodak’s punch-hole tagging system—a series of numbers appearing across the end frames of each film – Angelucci makes poignant reference to the last moments of such films, where a series of white dots dances across the screen as the action winds to a close. Preserved, yet already in the process of dissolution, as evidenced by the invading punch holes, these images describe a moment of in-between. Existing somewhere between film theorist Andre Bazin’s characterization of photography and film, these photographic moments are suspended like “insects in amber” while shifting perpetually between frames as “change mummified.”

 

Referencing scenes from found and borrowed films, Angelucci’s staged photographs portray celebrations, holidays, and outings – where family and friends were often recast in idealized, cinematic versions of themselves. Here, everyone dressed up for, and played a role in, the portrayal of the happy family. By arresting such moments, Angelucci both celebrates and interrupts the formation of such identities, pointing to the tensions that may exist outside of the frame. Using the qualities of analogue photography as the basis for a hybrid digital practice, Angelucci dips into the wells of multiple histories and processes. In their convergence, she captures the still revolutionary force of the “mirror with a memory” to fascinate, disturb, and seduce.

 

YOUR MORNING IS MY NIGHT

 

Your Morning is My Night is a collaborative photo and video project by Han Xu a native of Beijing, who has been living in Toronto since 2001, and Sara Angelucci of Toronto.  Han and Angelucci began working together in the spring of 2006 with the intention of helping each other to develop their language skills in English (Han) and Mandarin (Angelucci). As artists, their language collaboration soon developed into an artistic collaboration. What became apparent in these language meetings was the desire to not only master pronunciation and vocabulary, but to grasp an understanding of the other’s culture.  As Angelucci was preparing for an artist residency in Shanghai for the fall of 2006, they realized they would soon be living concurrently in the other’s native countries.

 

Situated on opposite ends of the world and time zones (there is a twelve hour difference between Toronto and Shanghai) Han and Angelucci developed the idea of both critically and literally exploring their perspectives as outsiders, taking photographs simultaneously twice daily at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The resulting shots are presented in a series of photographic diptychs.

 

In addition, as food is a central component of cultural expression and can reveal so much about the characteristics of a culture, Your Morning is My Night also features a video diptych depicting each of the duo ordering and eating a meal; Han experiencing all the fixings of a hearty Canadian breakfast, and Angelucci managing her chopsticks and enjoying dinner in a popular Shanganese restaurant.

 

EVERYTHING IN MY FATHER'S WALLET/EVERYTHING IN MY WALLET

 

Everything in my father's wallet developed from the discovery of my father's wallet in a box of family memorabilia, ten years after his passing.   The wallet emerged intact, as if it had just been removed from his pocket.   In examining its contents, (55 items including driver's license, old photographs, heart medication prescription, etc.) I became fascinated by how these items built a portrait of this man - an immigrant, labourer, father, husband, hunter, etc.  

 

Indeed, I began to wonder what the contents of my wallet would reveal about me.   By bringing the contents of the two wallets together the work not only builds two portraits, or suggests clues of a father/daughter relationship, but themes which go beyond the individual owners emerge. For example, my father's wallet contained a Steel Worker's of America Union Card, while mine contained a University Alumni Card, my father's a hunting license and a note permitting him to hunt on private property, while mine contained cinema, gallery and library memberships. These items not only point to activity, but to ways of living. Presented in two grids of approximately 50 photographs each, the relationship between the two raises notions of generational differences, gender differences, and a class/cultural shift resulting from my father's immigration and lack of formal education, while I was born, educated and raised in Canada.

 

AL RIVERSO

 

The images in the series Al Riverso ("in reverse") are made using photographs which go back to my family's pre immigration period (Italy in the early 1950s) as their source.  The family photographs selected were chosen because they all contain hand-writing on their backs contextualizing the image with a story, name, date, or other cryptic information.

 

In the process of flipping between the image and the text on the back, I was reminded of a statement by Roland Barthes "memory is like a transparent envelope". Inspired by this idea, I placed the original photograph text side up on a light box and found that while the text became clearly visible, the image also bled through the emulsion and the paper, out of focus and merging with the text.

 

To produce the Al Riverso series I have rephotographed the merged image and text as it appears on the light box. This blending of the front and back creates a new hybrid image, one which attempts to reconcile all of the clues the photograph provides: the character of the hand-writing, the content of the words, stamps, dates as well as the image.  While the merging of these details evokes an urgent desire to deeply connect with lost persons, a particular locality, and a broken lineage, it also reminds us of all that is unattainable, of all the photograph cannot grasp.

 

STILLNESS

 

The series Stillness continues an attempt to reconcile a disjointed history.  Perhaps its true intent is in the impossible desire for reconciliation itself.  Making use of vintage family photographs, Stillness turns to them as sources of evidence, seeking clues in tiny isolated fragments of glances, hand gestures, clothing details, etc.  These black and white fragments are paired with details of landscape images recently taken on visits to the rural landscape surrounding my ancestral village. The still within the still—to which Stillness refers evokes not only a sense of searching for clues and evidence, but also the mystery which descends upon these images with the passing of time.  In Stillness, a fleeting glance, frozen gesture or landscape detail, evoke the desire to connect with lost persons, a particular locality, and a broken lineage.

 

TIMESCAPES

 

The Timescape series is made of film-strip-like narratives marking a particular measure of time and space.  Shot on the fly, during a walk or train ride, or from a car window, each strip maps a small journey: some a daily routine, others more unusual and of greater significance. Each Timescape seeks in its own way to fix a passage of time and place, while at the same time carrying a continuous sense of dislocation and transition.

 

SHE CROSSED THE SEA

 

She crossed the sea explores a motif that reappears in a number of projects over the years - a photograph of my mother taken on board a ship, surrounded by the ocean as she immigrates to Canada. The series began as an experiment to see how a photo of a photo would look. In the process of shooting, the photograph is flipped to reveal the writing on the back. Yet, in viewing the images, it became clear that something magical happened that afternoon of shooting. In the juxtaposition of image and sky - the blueness of the sky replaces the sea’s immensity, the refracting sunlight, and the vague figure a seeming tarot card, presents a talismanic presence.

 

THE PERFECT PAST 

 

Throughout its history photography has been credited with its power to record, and with this established its basic characteristic as a mnemonic device. But like the mind's memory process, we know this property is selective, subjective and fragmentary at best. In this series of images, The Perfect Past, I have been interested in making visible the limitations of the memory process. These images were undertaken out of a daily practice of shooting and randomly recording daily living. This is a way I had never worked with the camera before.

 

Emerging from a dire sense of displacement, the daily practice of photographing became a way of confirming a sense of existence in the world, and of trying to make sense of my surroundings. When I began to make these images I had recently relocated to the town of my childhood, a place I had lived until I was six years old. This place existed only in fleeting memories, recollections from photographs and Super 8 home movies. Yet, in revisiting childhood places, nothing seemed familiar or comforting and this only served to further a sense of anxiety and dislocation.

 

Using the most basic means (a cheap plastic camera) became a way of trying to mimic visually what was happening experientially. Things were disjointed, out of control, and not idyllic or perfect at all, as I had once imagined them. The camera, which was badly made, randomly allowed light leaks and imprints of the film's frame numbers to occur. Through its clumsy construction, the camera created images by letting light through the lens, but also disrupting the same images by letting light into the camera. In the this way, the camera simultaneously recorded my experience and then randomly interrupted it. The camera's inability to consistently advance from one frame to the next created other forms—at times odd juxtapositions, at others a sense of cinematic narrative.  Although these markings are by happenstance, by choosing this camera, I purposely nurtured the possibility of imperfections in the image. These disruptions not only speak of the limitations of the memory process, but also admit the medium's vulnerability and process. 

 

The images selected for The Perfect Past were shot in movement, from vehicles or while walking, furthering the sense of living in a transitional state. At times the landscape images present strange juxtapositions. Often children appear, their images marred by colourful flares of light. Images with a series of frames which run consecutively create a kind of narrative, mimicking many hours spent viewing Super 8 family films. The randomly appearing film frame numbers, act as markers of time passing and make clear that this is a photograph, a mere fragment of a moment.

 

Throughout this work, notions of dislocation, the passing of time, disruption of childhood, and the fleeting nature of memory are all intermingled. The past, it would seem, is perfect only in the mind's eye.

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

 

EDUCATION

1997 Master of Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Guelph

1987 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Art History, University of Guelph 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016  Arboretum, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2016  Aviary, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, South Carolina, USA

2015  TAKING FLIGHT, September 18, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2014  Performance of A Mourning Chorus, - September 26, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario

2014  Public performance of A Mourning Chorus – February 5, Walker Court, AGO, part of Artist-in-Residence, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

2013  Provenance Unknown, curator Emelie Chhangur, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Ontario

2010  Lacrimosa, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2010  Regular 8, Occurrence, Montreal, Quebec

2009  Somewhere in Between, St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2009  Regular 8, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2008  Room To Remember, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Ontario

2008  Mining the Family Archive, Elora Arts Centre, Elora, Ontario

2007  Landscape and Light, curator Karen Henry, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia

2007  Art Star 3, Video Art Biennale, curator Erik Martinson, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2007  Double Take, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2006  Everything in My Father’s Wallet/Everything in My Wallet, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario

2006  Somewhere in Between, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2005  Everything in My Father’s Wallet/Everything in My Wallet, VU, Quebec City, Quebec

2005  Everything in My Father’s Wallet/Everything in My Wallet, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2004  Mural Project at Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2004  Selected Works, McClaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2003  New Photographs, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2002  Selected Works, Artcite, Windsor, Ontario

2000  The Perfect Past, Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Toronto Photographer’s Workshop, Toronto, Ontario

1998  The Perfect Past, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, Ontario

1997  America il Paradiso, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1994  Accidental Visions, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Papier Art Fair, with Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2016 Patrick Mikhail 10th Anniversary Show, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec

2015  Mediated Memories, Beijing International Art Biennal, National Art Museum of Beijing, China

2014  Memories of the Future, curated by Noa Bronstein and Katherine Dennis, featuring: Robert Hengeveld, Eleanor King, Matt McIntosh for Gibson House,Toronto, Ontario

2014  All Together Now (presentation of The Anonymous Chorus) - Nuit Blanche, curator Barbara Fischer, Hart House, Toronto, Ontario

2014  June 19, 2014 - Screening of The Anonymous Chorus, DRIFT Art Projects, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, curator Eileen Torpey

2014  A Visual Trace, featuring Sara Angelucci, Melissa General, Rachel MacHenry, Gord Peteran, Aubrey Reeves, Greg Staats, curated by Patrick Macaulay, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2012-14  Take-out/Da-Bao, curators Shannon Anderson & Doug Lewis, Varley Gallery, Markham, Ontario, PlugIn ICA—Winnipeg, Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia. 

2013  We’re in the Library, curator Mona Filip, Koffler Art Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, Ontario

2013  Here and There: Photography and Video Works on Immigration, curator Gaelle Morel, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2013  Visions International Festival of Visual Culture, Kiev, Ukraine

2012-13  Flowers and Photography, curator Carla Garnet, Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario, and McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

2012  Passages, curator Christine Boyanoski, Peel Regional Art Gallery, Brampton, Ontario

2012  PHrame, curated by Vaya Sigmas, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium  

2011  Front Line, 2011 Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China

2011  Revolutionizing Cultural Identity, curator Claude Baillargeon, Canadian Museum of Immigration, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2011  Open Your Eyes, PH Neutro Gallery, Verona, Italy

2010  Beyond Likeness, toured by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Victoria, British Columbia 

2009  Home, Land & Security, Render Gallery, curator Jeff Thomas, Waterloo, Ontario

2008  Revolutionizing Cultural Identity: Photography and the Changing Face of Immigration, curator Claude Baillargeon, Oakland University Art Gallery, Oakland, Michigan

2007  Your Morning is My Night, Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario

2007  Your Morning is My Night, CCX Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2006  tween heart and mine, Kingston Artists, Inc., Kingston, Ontario

2004  That Obscure Object of Desire, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2004  Light Boxes/Boxes of Light, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto

2003/04 The Found and the Familiar, Gallery TPW, Toronto, Confederation Arts Centre, PEI, Bishop’s University, Quebec, Gallery Connexion, New Brunswick, Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, Quebec, Mount St. Vincent Gallery, Nova Scotia

2003  Modified 8, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2002  Snow, Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2001  December, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2000   Parting Ways, VMAC Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2000  Times 2, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2000  Whispering Cities, Drabinsky Gallery,  Toronto, Ontario

1999  In Tribute, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1998  Work Re: Work, Install Art Collective, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario 

1998  Proof 5, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario

1997  Aspects de la Relève Québécoise et Canadienne, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec

1995  Italica, Preston Gallery, Cambridge, Ontario

1995 A Given Time, installation project as part of NICHE installation festival, Guelph, Ontario

 

VIDEO AND VIDEO INSTALLATIONS

2013 The Anonymous Chorus

2010  Beauty Pageant News, commissioned by SAW Video, Ottawa, Ontario

2008  Room To Remember, produced as part of a residency at Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Ontario

2007 When The Cricket Sings, 8.5 minutes, shot during a residency in Shanghai, China

2007 Double Take, 5 minutes

2003 Seeking Grace, 3 minute video, commissioned by V tape, through the Canada Council in memory of Collin Campbell

2000   SNOW, 5 minutes, produced at Break Production Studios, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2000  In A Hundred, 4 minutes, produced at Break Production Studios, Winnipeg, Manitoba   

1997 America il Paradiso, 12 minutes, produced at The Center for Art Tapes, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

1997  Evidence of Her Disappearance, video installation with photographs on duratrans

1996  Questions She’ll Never Answer, video installation with back lit photographs on duraflex

 

SCREENINGS AND VIDEO INSTALLATIONS

Beauty Pageant News

2010 Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 Library & Archives Canada Theatre, Ontario, part of Festival X photography festival, Ottawa

2010 Open Video Conference, New York, New York

2011 FIFA: International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal, Quebec

2011 FACT Video Festival, Liverpool, England

2011 Winnipeg Film Group, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2011 MediaNet/Deluge Gallery, Victoria, British Columbia

2011 No.w.here Gallery, London, England

2011 Metro Cinema, Edmonton, Alberta

2011 EMMedia & Production Society, Calgary

2011 Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York

2012 Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2012 Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Arts Centre, New Orleans, Louisiana

2012 Eyedrum Arts Centre, Atlanta, Georgia

2012 Ryerson Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 

Room To Remember

2008 Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Ontario

Double Take

2008 Elora Arts Centre, Elora, Ontario

2007 Art Star 3 Biennale, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2007 Wynick/Tuck Gallery, CONTACT Photo Festival, Toronto, Ontario

2007 flEXiff Experimental International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia

When the Cricket Sings

2010 Ed Video, Guelph, Ontario

2008 Doxa, Experimental Film & Video Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia

2007 Art Star 3 Biennale, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2007 Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia

America il Paradiso 

2013 Ryerson Image Centre, Media Wall, Toronto, Ontario, curator Gaelle Morel

2007 Art Star 3 Biennale, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2001 rePlace, Art System, curator Dana Claxton, Toronto, Ontario

1999 Taste of Landscapes, curator Nina Czegledy, Cultural Centre of Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

1999 Convergences/Divergences, curator Jim McSwain, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1999 Antimatter Film & Video Festival, Victoria, British Columbia

1999 Photophobia Film Festival, Hamilton, Ontario 

1999 Short!, Ed Video, Guelph, Ontario

1998 Personal Stories, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario

1997 Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1997 Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

In A Hundred

2007 Art Star 3 Biennale, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2005 Available Light, curated by Carol Breton, Ottawa, Ontario

2003 Photophobia, Film & Video Festival, Hamilton, Ontario

2002 Art Centre, Kelowna, British Columbia

2001 Videotage Film & Video Festival, Hong Kong, China

2001 SuperNew, curated by Kelly Langaard, Calgary, Alberta

SNOW

2007 Art Star 3 Biennale, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2005 Available Light, curator Carol Breton, Ottawa, Ontario

2005 Out of Body, curator Aileen McBride, Alley Jaunt, Toronto, Ontario

2002 Women’s Art Resource Centre, Toronto, Ontario

2002 December, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2001 Weathervane, Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Evidence of Her Disappearance

1997 Aspects de la Relève Québécoise et Canadienne, Plateau Mont-Royal, Montreal, Quebec

Questions She’ll Never Answer

2008  Mining the Family Archive, Elora Arts Centre, Elora, Ontario

2006  Somewhere in Between, Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario 

2002  Art in the Dark, Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Ontario

2002  Flow, Images Film & Video Festival, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

1996  Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario

Trinity College, University of Toronto, Ontario

Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario

National Portrait Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, Ontario

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario

University of Toronto Library, Toronto, Ontario 

Private Collections in Canada and the United States

Seneca College Collection, Toronto, ON

 

AWARDS AND COMMISSIONS

2017 Ontario Arts Council Project Grant

2016 Chalmers Fellowship Ontario Arts Council

2015 Toronto Arts Council Visual Arts Grant

2015 Canada Council Travel Grant

2015 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance

2014 Awarded best exhibition design by Ontario Association of Art Galleries with Art Gallery of York University for Provenance Unknown

2014 Ontario Arts Council Mid Career Visual Arts Grant

2013 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Grant

2013 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance

2012 Ontario Arts Council Mid Career Visual Arts Grant

2010 Canada Council for the Arts Research Grant

2010 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2008 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant

2008 Toronto Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant

2008 Ontario Arst Council, Exhibition Assistance

2007 Canada Council for the Arts, Artist Production Grant

2006 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2006 Toronto Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant

2006 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant

2006 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2005 Toronto Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant

2004 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant, Exhibition Assistance

2003 Video Commission, V Tape, A Project in Honour of Colin Campbell

2002 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2002 Ontario Arts Council, Mid Career, Visual Arts Grant

2001 Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant

2000 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2000 Canada Council, Emerging Artist

2000 Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist

1999 Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist

1998 Canada Council, Emerging Artist

1998 Ontario Arts Council, First Film and Video 

1998 Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist

1998 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

1997 Nova Scotia Arts Council Travel Grant 

1996 Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship 

1994 Ontario Arts Council Interdisciplinary Grant

1994 Ontario Arts Council Visual Arts Grant

1994 Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant

1993 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Annual Juried Exhibition

1993 Wellington County Museum Annual Juried Exhibition Award

1992 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Annual Juried Exhibition Award  

1985 University of Guelph Alma-mater in course scholarship 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015 Linda Nowlan, Extinction Art, Alternatives Journal,Vol. 41, No. 5, Dec. 2015

2015 Provenance Unknown, published by The Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, ON Curated by Emelie Chhangur, essays by Claude Baillargeon, E.C. Woodley

2014  We’re in the Library, brochure, essay by curator Mona Filip, Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2013  Flowers and Photography, Art Gallery of Peterborough, McMaster Museum of Art

2013  Provenance Unknown, primary exhibition in Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Guide, essay by Emelie Chhangur

2012 DaBao/Take Out, Shannon Anderson and Doug Lewis, Varley Art Gallery

2011 Ho Tam, Frontline: Interviews with International Contemporary Photo Artists, Xiandai Press (Modern Press), Beijing, China

2011 Public Domain, Ottawa: SAW Video

2011 Shannon Anderson, Lacrimosa, in Eyemazing Photography Magazine, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Fall Issue

2008 Katy McCormick, Scene as Space across Time: Presence, Passage and Transition, 

Blackflash Magazine, Vol. 25.3, 2008

2008 Claude Baillargeon, Revolutionizing Cultural Identity, Oakland University Art Gallery

2007 Erik Martinson, Everything in Your Life, Everything in Mine, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario

2007 Karen Henry, Landscape and Light, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia

2007 Katy McCormick, Double Take, Contact Photo Festival Guide, Toronto, Ontario

2006 Ivan Jurakic, Shirley Madill, Somewhere In Between, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario

2005 Katy McCormick, Gallery Vu, Quebec City, Quebec

2004 Colin Wiginton, Art City, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

2001 Lisa Gabrielle Mark, Paper Wait, Ace Art, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2000 Lisa Gabrielle Mark, The Perfect Past, Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, Ontario

1999  Gordon Hatt, Work Re: Work, The Install Art Collective, Cambridge, Ontario

1999 Jim McSwain, Convergence/Divergence, Atlantic FilmMakers Co-operative, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1995 John Massier & Gordon Hatt, The Install Art Collective, Guelph, Ontario

1994 Nancy Campbell, Accidental Visions, The Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario 

 

REVIEWS

2015 Magdalena Vasko, “Exhibition Review: A Mourning Chorus”, The Senses & Society, Vol. 10, Issue 1 pp. 107 – 110, 2015

2013  Fran Schechter, “Library Love”, NOW Magazine, Dec. 19-26, Vol. 33, No. 16

2013  Elana Sadinsky, Archivaria, The Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists, Fall 2013, pp. 161-166

2013  Exhibit reminiscent of grade-school days, by Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, Nov. 18, 2013, E1-2.

2013  Shannon Anderson, Carousel Magazine, Dec. 2013

2013  Jennifer Rudder, C-Magazine, Autumn 2013, p.48, 50.

2013  Sarah Milroy, In Fine Feather, Saturday, April 13, 2013, R11

2013  Fran Schaecther, NOW Magazine, Thursday, May 23, 2013

2010  Sean Finn, Crossing Paths, Visual Arts News, Spring 2010 Issue, p. 2-4.

2009  Sean Finn, Family Ties, The Coast, Nov. 5-11, 2009, p. 50

2009  Kristen den Hartog, C Magazine, Fall 2009, p. 50

2008  Joanne Shuttleworth, Guelph Mercury, April 11, 2008, Section B1

2008  Francis Baker, Elora-Fergus News Express, January 16, 2008, p. 5

2006  Robert Reid, Kitchener/Waterloo Record, April 15, 2006, Section E

2004  Susan Douglas, Canadian Art Magazine, Fall 2004, p.161-162.

2004  Michel Hellmann, Le Devoir, February 14, 2004, p. E6 (review of The Found& the Familiar)

2003  Peter Goddard, Toronto Star, April 19, 2003, p. H9

2003  Melissa Levin, LOLA, Winter 2002/2003, p. 73

2002  Mayville, Nikki   The Perfect Past, XX Magazine, p.9

2000  Mackay, Gillian. Sara Angelucci, Canadian Art Magazine, p.15

2000  Hackett, Sophie. Sara Angelucci, Lola#6, p. 53, 91

2000  Mackay, Gillian.  Gallery Goings: Sara Angelucci, The Globe and Mail, 08/04/00

1998  Al-Solaylee, Kamal.  Pictures at 11: Proof 5 monitors new directions in Canadian photography,

1998  Eye Weekly (18/06/98) 

1998  Challen, Paul. Memory, Technique and Focus, Id Magazine

1997  September le Mois de la Photo, Le Plateau

1997  Couelle, Jennifer, Me, my Grandmother, the Object and the Others, CV Photo, pp 5-9  

1997  Stephane Aquin, Jeunesse d’aujordi’hui, Voir

1995  Niche: Public Installations, Interventions and Performances, Espace Magazine, pp. 21-24

1994  MacDonald, Max, Of Accidents and Deliberation, id magazine, p.29

1994  Hill, Valerie, For Art’s Sake, The Guelph Mercury, p. B7

1994  Lachowsky, Tara, Of History and Memory, The Ontarion, p.7

1993  Gordon, Mike, Trying to make art accessible, Guelph Tribune, p.12

1992  Johnson, Bill, Art through women’s eyes, Guelph Mercury, p.D1

 

ONLINE ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

Spring 2015 Hamilton Arts & Letters Magazine, Aviary portfolio

July 2014 – Featured Artist on Ithaca Literary Review

July 19, 2014 – CBC Artist of the Week, George Stroomboulopoulos

June 9, 2014 – The Design Observer, article by John Foster

Spring 2014 – Wondereur Magazine by Doreen Wang

Spring 2014 – Magenta Magazine on-line, Aviary portfolio feature

Winter, 2014 – Musée Magazine – No. 8, Vol. 1, 2014

November 17, 2013 – Slate, The Photo Blog, by David Rosenberg

Nov. 2, 2013 – Canadian Art Magazine on-line, Review: (Da bao) (Takeout): Good to Go, by Mariam Nader

Nov. 17, 2013 – AGYU, review of Provenance Unknown by Natasha Chaykowski

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EXPERIENCE

2015 Presentation in Extinction Dialogues, Royal Ontario Museum

2014  Panel discussion “A bird’s eye view on Art & Extinction”, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

2014  Panel discussion with Marla Hlady & Spring Hurlbut, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

2012  Panel discussion with author Kristen denHartog at Peel Regional Museum, Brampton, Ontario

2008-13  Instructor, Photography, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

2002-08  Instructor, Photography, Ontario College of Art & Design

2012  Visiting artist, University of Waterloo

2012  Visiting artist, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick

2010  Panelist at the SPE Conference, Philadelphia, Facing Diversity, Leveling the Playing Fields in the Photographic Arts

2008    UAAC Panel, Navigating the self: the autobiographical impulse in art, Toronto, 2008

1998-07  Director, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Ontario

2006  Artist in Residence, Biz Art, Shanghai, China

2006  Visiting Artist, York University, Toronto, Ontario

2005  Visiting Artist, York University, Toronto, Ontario

2005  Special Project Manager, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto, Ontario

2004  Participation on a panel on Italian/Canadian artists, Museum of Civilization, Hull, PQ

2004  Visiting Artist, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

2003  Visiting Artist, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta

2003  Prize Juror - Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2003  Self Directed Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts

2003  Visiting Speaker, University of Guelph

2002-03  Portfolio Reviewer, CONTACT Photography Festival

2002  Photo Juror, Burlington Art Centre

2002  Artist Talk, Ontario College of Art & Design

2002  Panel discussion, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

2001  Visiting Artist, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

2001  External Examiner MFA Program, University of Guelph

2001  Photo Juror, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

2001  Portfolio Reviewer, CONTACT Photography Festival

2001  Panelist, Art Gallery of Ontario, for CONTACT Photo Festival

1999  Visiting Artist, University of Guelph

1998  Photo Instructor, University of Guelph

1998  Consultant, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario

1997  Photo Instructor, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

1995  Juror, Ontario Arts Council

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2005  Member of the Board of Mercer Union, Toronto, Ontario

2001-03   Member of the Board of CONTACT, Photography Festival, Toronto, Ontario

1993-97   Member of the Install Art Collective, Guelph, Ontario

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2008  Constellations, Aubrey Reeves, Ivan Jurakic, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario

2003  Time and Again, Raymonde April, Dianne Bos, Bertrand Carriere, Tashia Friesen, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario

2000  Thick Skinned, Suzy Lake, Glynis Humphrey, Lisa Deanne Smith, Gallery 44, Toronto, Ontario

 

ARTIST RESIDENCES

Nov. 2013 - Jan. 2014 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2006  Biz Art, Shanghai, China

2000  Banff Centre, self-directed residency

2001  Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

 

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