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Sara Angelucci

November 20, 2013 – January 20, 2014

Sara Angelucci is a Toronto-based visual artist who works primarily with photography, video and audio, exploring vernacular archival materials such as home movies, snap-shots, and vintage portraits and their limited ability to convey the exact sense of a lived experience. Working with these images Angelucci seeks to reposition them in the present, shedding light on their broader context and histories outside of the frame.

During her residency, Sara Angelucci will continue her recent research into endangered and extinct North American bird species, exploring works from the Canadian collection particularly those with Canadian nature, aviary, and forestry subjects. Working in collaboration with seven female singers, Angelucci will prepare for a performance in February entitled A Mourning Chorus. Through a cappella singing, the performance will explore the sounds of disappearing North American song-birds through the historic framework of women's public mourning rituals.

Two works from Angelucci's Aviary series will be installed from November to February 2014 in the Canadian permanent collection galleries. These portraits, created from vintage cartes-de-visite and photographs of taxidermy birds, commemorate the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. Once the most populous bird in North America, the Passenger Pigeon became extinct in 1914 due to over-hunting and habitat destruction.

For the AGO's January Meet the Artist talk, Angelucci will be in conversation with artists Spring Hurlbut and Marla Hlady about their work, points of convergence and departure.

Angelucci has also coordinated a panel discussion for January entitled Art & Ideas: A bird's eye view on art & extinction, with writer and historian Matthew Brower, Mark Peck, Royal Ontario Museum Ornithology Technician; and Bridget Stutchbury, author and Professor of Ornithology at York University. The panel will be moderated by AGO curator of Canadian Art, Andrew Hunter. The discussion will be followed by a three-course meal served in FRANK restaurant, specially prepared by executive chef Jeff Dueck in consultation with Sara Angelucci.

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 TPW, 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. She has participated in artist residencies at NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre, and at Biz-Art in Shanghai.

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