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2010 Jurors

Sophie Hackett

Sophie Hackett is the Assistant Curator, Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s Masters program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. She has contributed to several Canadian art magazines and international journals, and recent curatorial projects include Barbara Kruger: Untitled (It) (2010) on the AGO's façade; “Where I was born...”: A Photograph, a Clue and the Discovery of Abel Boulineau (2011); Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today (2011-2012); and Max Dean: Album (2012), a public project with family photo albums, for the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Dominic Molon

Dominic Molon is an associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, where he has curated the major thematic exhibitions Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out (2010) and Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 (2007), as well as solo exhibitions of Liam Gillick (2009), Wolfgang Tillmans (2006), Gillian Wearing (2002), and Sharon Lockhart (2001). Molon has contributed to numerous publications, including: Art Review, Whitewall, Vitamin D: New Perspectives on Drawing; Art on Paper; Contemporary Magazine; Trans; and Tate Etc., as well as exhibition catalogues for Karen Kilimnik, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Muntean & Rosenblum.

Dr. Kenneth Montague

Dr. Kenneth Montague is an art collector and curator based in Toronto and the founder and director of Wedge Curatorial Projects. Since 1997, he has been investigating photo-based work that explores black identity and the African diaspora. FLAVA: Wedge Curatorial Projects 1977 – 2007, an art book published in 2007, documents the projects, exhibitions and community workshops produced during its first decade. The Wedge Collection has grown to encompass both historical and contemporary photography, as well as non-photo based works that challenge notions of representation and identity.

Exhibitions curated by Dr. Montague include Becoming at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; head room at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto; CONTACT 2010 exhibition Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography from the Wedge Collection at Gallery 44, Toronto; and the upcoming Position As Desired / Exploring African-Canadian Identity: Photographs from the Wedge Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (Fall 2010).

Karen Irvine

Karen Irvine is curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago. She has organized numerous one-person exhibitions including: Anthony Goicolea; Shirana Shahbazi: Goftare Nik/Good Words; Jason Salavon; Paul Shambroom: Evidence of Democracy; and Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi. Thematic group exhibitions include Audible Imagery: Sound and Photography; The Furtive Gaze, works by artists who use the camera as an instrument of surveillance; Camera/Action: Performance and Photography; and Anticipation, exploring strategies of slowness and suspense in time-based art. She is a part-time instructor of photography at Columbia College, Chicago. She received her MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, and a Masters of Arts degree in art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.