Members of Toronto’s Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography are pleased to announce their presentation of two group shows at Gallery 1313 in conjunction with the Scotiabank CONTACT 2014 Photography Festival.

In concert with this year’s theme of Identity, participating Gallery 44 members present the exhibition DNA: Do Not Assume. DNA, an acronym for Deoxyribonucleic Acid, is the molecule that encodes all genetic information in all living organisms. As DNA constitutes our unique identity, it is a most apt name for an exhibit in which 29 persons express their individual identities through photography.

For this exhibit Gallery 44 members have appropriated the acronym to mean ‘Do Not Assume’, to emphasize the diverse artistic approaches represented in the show. The participants cooperate synergistically to become something greater than the sum of their collective sensibilities: a multi-celled, photographic life form evolving through art.

Participating photographers include Linda Briskin, whose Dance in Three Movements features ghostly images of dancing figures to suggest an ethereal, whimsical alternative space. Tobi Asmoucha shows some of her recent photographs of natural outdoor ice rinks, which capture the quirky nature of these gathering spots that only exist momentarily. Chris Blanchenot presents work from his collaborative project in which he interprets performance pieces by other artists through photography. Saman Deilamani exhibits photographs from his SOMA series depicting segments of women’s bodies, showing the elegance of flesh as it is lived. These and all the other participants have drawn on their distinctive practices to present unique and creative interpretations of the exhibition theme.

Please join us at 7 pm on Thursday, May 1st and at 7 pm on Thursday, May 15th for opening receptions for each respective group show. DNA: Do Not Assume is open for viewing during regular gallery hours until Saturday, May 25th. Selected works from the show may be viewed at http://www.DNA1313.com.

About the participants:
Gallery 44 members have been active participants in CONTACT since its inception. A changing collective of Gallery 44 members has presented shows, primarily at Gallery 1313, since 1998.

About the venue:
Gallery 1313, 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto
Wednesday to Sunday, 1 – 6 pm

416-536-6778 (Gallery Director: Phil Anderson)

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