For Contact 2014, Tobi Asmoucha is exhibiting photographs of natural outdoor ice rinks. She is attracted to the fleeting nature of these community forums, which are partially formed by nature, and partially created and maintained by individuals. The ice spaces reflect the places they serve, while also building connections in a neighborhood. Tobi Asmoucha’s photography has always had an interest in what bonds people, and creates meaning for individuals in a community. The rinks are a space for spontaneous gatherings, where unscheduled occurrences and magic can happen. This personal project started as a need to embrace winter, and has left Asmoucha with an appreciation of the unique ice playfields created by the warmth of people working together.
Tobi Asmoucha is a photographer based out of Toronto. Her images explore themes of community and the rituals that bind them. She has been working as a commercial and editorial freelance photographer for many years, with images appearing in publications such as Canadian Geographic. Her documentary work has received a Gold National Magazine Award and many nominations, as well as Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Jewish Arts Council grants. Along with her photographic practice, Tobi Asmoucha teaches photography at the Haliburton School of Art, Toronto School of Art, and Gallery 44. Currently Tobi Asmoucha is a core member of PhotoSensitive, with her work in collections at MOCCA and the Canadian War Museum.
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