2015 Ria Salons, 55 -62

RIA Salon 62 Leslie Hossack: Testament, October 28, 2015

dobe Photoshop PDFLeslie writes:  In 2013, for almost two weeks, I stayed in Camp Film City, the NATO Kosovo Force Headquarter Camp, with the Canadian officers serving in Operation KOBOLD. My experience with the CFAP exceeded my expectations. This was in large part due to the warm welcome, cooperation and support that I received from the Canadians officers with whom I was embedded.  The CFAP provided me with an opportunity to learn about the military in a unique “feet on the ground” way. It also gave me access to locations that I would not otherwise be able to photograph.
I will give a brief overview of the program’s mandate and history, and also the application process.  I will also discuss the work that has resulted from my deployment, some of which will be shown in the CFAP exhibition at the Diefenbunker.http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/gal/ap-pa/index-eng.asp
Bio: Photographer Leslie Hossack was born in Winnipeg. She lives in Ottawa and spends time every year in Vancouver. Recently Hossack completed major studies of historic architecture in Vancouver 2008-11 and 2013-14, Paris 2009, Berlin 2010, Jerusalem 2011, Moscow 2012, Kosovo 2013, London 2014 and Normandy 2015. Her work explores memory and commemoration and is driven by an insistent examination of the singular question of simple human survival. Hossack holds a BA from the University of Toronto and M Ed from the University of Ottawa. She studied fine art printmaking at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa and has taken courses at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Her images have been exhibited across Canada and have appeared in numerous publications, and her work is held in public collections in Canada and in private collections at home and abroad.
Leslie launched a new book on November 8: TESTAMENT: Leslie Hossack in Kosovo, at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum in conjunction with the opening of the CFAP exhibition: “Group 6: the Canadian Forces Artists Program, 2012-2013,” curated by Laura Brandon.  This exhibition, which included Leslie’s photographs, was shown at the Diefenbunker, from November 8 2015 to January 31 2016.

RIA Salon 61, Maria Gomez, print making workshops in Mexico, September 15, 2015

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Maria writes: Last year I went to Mexico and found four art schools interested in having a workshop on print making in exchange for a homemade meal. I gave two workshops in Oaxaca and two in Mexico City, in universities and graphic art centres. I learned a lot about artists and artistic landscape in these two amazing cities. I will show photos of the workshops and will talk about my experiences during my visit.
Bio: Maria Gomez Umaña holds a BFA from Concordia (1984-87) and a MFA from Northumbria University, UK (1994-95). She has lived in Ottawa for 12 years where she has taught art at Montessori Bishop Hamilton School, Algonquin College, and Outdoor Learning Centre at Carp. She worked for the Coalition of New Canadians for Art and Culture. Maria was granted a residency program at Art Place for 2016, and showed new work at Chinatown Remixed at the Kowloon Market this year.

 RIA Salon 60: Janna Klostermann, Enacting the Institutional Art World, July 27, 2015.

SONY DSCThis presentation explored how artists and curators alike bring about the Canadian art world through their everyday work (and workplace writing) practices. Drawing from her recent study, “Art working: An institutional ethnography of the art world,” Janna explored the differences between experiential literacies—that tell individual experience—and institutional literacies—that organize the world through concepts (Darville, 1995, 2009) . She also invited dialogue about what it means—or perhaps what it takes—to bring about the institutional art world.
Bio: Janna Klostermann is an Ottawa-based performer and researcher. She dabbles in poetry, comedy and sociology. To find out more about her work, visit www.janna.klostermann.ca

RIA Salon 59 Meredith Snider, June 29, 2015

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Meredith writes: For my talk at RIA, I will be discussing my recent body of work that pairs sculpture with photography to explore how one medium is implicated in the development and interpretation of the other. A launching point for this work was the site of a century old home in Hull, Quebec and the receipt of a bouquet of fake flowers. Alongside my work in progress, I will share some historical examples of how the photography of sculpture has affected the practice of art history.
Meredith Snider grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She completed her BFA with a Specialization in Art Education at Concordia University in 2005 and her MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. She is the co-founder and Director of PDA Projects and a sessional instructor at the University of Ottawa in the Visual Arts Department. She currently resides in the Ottawa/Gatineau region.

RIA Salon 58 Sharon Katz: In the Company of Common Objects. April 14, 2015