For Immediate release May 6, 2010
May 8 - May 29
A Contact Feature Exhibition
Opening: May 8
Artist Present from 2 – 5pm
Lacrimosa (Remigio) 2010 15” x12” inches chromogenic print
Lacrimosa (Adelina) 2010 25 1/2” x 19” inches chromogenic print
We are pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Sara Angelucci, to be presented by the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, opening on Saturday, May 8th 2010. The artist will present from 2-5pm.
Lacrimosa is one of the Feature Exhibitions in this year’s Contact Toronto Photography Festival under the theme Pervasive Influence. From the Contact catalogue:
“Lacrimosa, a movement in the requiem mass, derives from the Latin word for weeping, lacrimatio. The photographs in Lacrimosa were taken during a two month sojourn in the 11th – century Italian village of Montottone, where Sara Angelucci family lived for generations. Angelucci was inspired to photograph the ceramic memorial portraits as they were lit night by small electric bulbs – keeping vigil in the darkness. As she writes, “I was struck by how it glowed like a small city; as the village went to sleep, the cemetery came awake.” The tradition of ceramic grave portraits still thrives in Italy, as in many other countries. Angelucci also photographed village elders holding their most precious images, often dating from pre- and post-war rural life.
The images in Lacrimosa celebrate photographs in their vernacular form as they play a key role in ritualizing grief and remembrance, and in creating a link between the living and the dead for generations to come. A tribute to the emotional power of the medium, Lacrimosa also demonstrates the truth of McLuhan’s notion that “photography has the ability to turn all human artifacts into art.”
Toronto based Angelucci’s photography has been featured in exhibitions across Canada including at Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Vu in Quebec City, the MacLaren Art Centre (On), the Art Gallery of Hamilton (On), and the Richmond Art Gallery,(BC). Her videos/installations have been shown across Canada and included in festivals in Europe, Hong Kong and at flEXiff International Experimental Film Festival, Sydney , Australia . She has been Visiting Artist or Artist in Residence at numerous universities and centres across Canada and abroad, including NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre and at Biz-Art in Shanghai , China . Works are included in many private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Civilization, Ottawa.
Angelucci’s work was included in the feature article focusing on five artists, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, in the Globe and Mail, Saturday, May 1, 2010: “Over 1,000 artists are on display at this year’s Contact Festival, which kicked off last week-end. Five photo–world stalwarts shared their most anticipated exhibits with the writer, Davida Aronovitch.” Rafael Goldchain, photgrapher and professor of visual arts, York University , says of Angelucci’s work; “I’m looking forward to the Sara Angelucci at Wynick/Tuck Gallery. Her work is deeply moving. It has a strong biographical component, but it also is about photography. An older woman holds a younger photograph of herself; it’s poignant: she’s offering the memory of herself.”
Sara Angelucci’s previous exhibition (2009) here, Regular 8, was ranked Third on Contact 2009: 50 Best Bets on the Toronto Life website.
Contact Guide – www.contactphoto.com
Sara Angeluuci would like to acknowledge the generous support of her work by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.