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Jason Evans: A long, long time AGO

May 1 – September 22, 2013

In a series of lively and humourous portraits created for the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, British photographer Jason Evans brings into view the broad range of people working at the AGO. Though art galleries are rich repositories of art objects, Evans highlights those who, at every level, participate in bringing the stories about those objects to life. His title, A long, long time AGO, cues this behind-the-scenes story.

Evans created twelve group portraits of employees from various departments, including Conservation, Development, Facilities, Kitchen, Media Productions and Protection Services. He collaborated with each group in an environment unrelated to its actual job — the kitchen staff in Jackman Hall, for instance. Each person posed doing a favourite leisure activity and Evans then built compositions — essentially, human sculptures — from these elements. The playful and complex collectivities in each portrait charge the Gallery’s people, places and public perceptions with a new dynamism.

Several of these portraits will appear on the AGO’s Dundas Street façade, dioramas of the life within the institution. The full series of twelve will be presented inside the Gallery.

Jason Evans is the AGO’s latest photographer-in-residence and was also shortlisted for the 2012 Grange Prize. An artist of many talents, he will be performing at the AGO’s 1st Thursday on May 2.

Signature Partner, Photography

The 2012–2013 Photographer-in-Residence Program at the AGO is generously supported by the J. P. Bickell Foundation

Jason Evans

Grange Prize Photographer-in-Residence
April 8 – May 15, 2013

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