Paula Grgurich Shewchuk

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk's The Bed is part of the Group II exhibition in DNA, the Gallery 44 Members' Exhibition at Gallery 1313, part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival for 2014

Paula Grgurich Shewchuk’s The Bed is part of the Group II exhibition in DNA

From the beginning Paula Grgurich Shewchuk’s work has explored her varied auto/biographies, trying on personae and discarding selves in the on-going process of individuation. In her new work for DNA, she has returned to the self-portrait work she began as a teenager and that has been a touchstone throughout her career.

This series was taken on her i-phone 4 to explore the idea of ‘selfie’, the ubiquitous self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone held at arm’s length or in a mirror. The self-portrait has been an integral part of the photographic medium since Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography, produced a daguerreotype of himself in 1839.

She also wanted to explore our title DNA -Do Not Assume.

Sociologist Ben Agger describes the trend of selfies as “the male gaze gone viral” so how does one position selfies by an avowed Feminist that explore what lies beneath – the clothes, and mainstream culture? Paula has always been more interested in images that ask more questions than they answer.

Paula’s recent solo exhibitions were “death of a market garden” at the Members’ Gallery, Gallery 44, Toronto in May 2013, “Highways (revisited) also at the Members’ Gallery, Gallery 44, in October 2008 and “Vanitas” at Lime Studio for FotoFreo, East Fremantle, Western Australian in April of 2006. Previous solo exhibitions include “Ab/Cess/n-Ab/Sense”, a photographic installation at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Northbridge, (P.I.C.A.) in December 1997, “HoneyPot”, a photographic installation at The Port Gallery, Fremantle for the Pride Festival in October 1995, “Screambled Eggs with Moose” at The Photography Gallery of Western Australia in July 1993  and “Courage My Love”, a photographic poetry installation at the Bridge Gallery, Northbridge in July 1991. All these venues are in Perth, Western Australia.

Photographer, Curator & Director of arneau BLAX

10 Abell St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M6J 0A9


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