Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.
Gallery 44 is committed to programs that reflect the continuously changing definition of photography by presenting a wide range of practices that engage timely and critical explorations of the medium. Through exhibitions, public engagement, education programs and production facilities our objective is to explore the artistic, cultural, historic, social and political implications of the image in our ever-expanding visual world.
Gallery 44 was founded by a small group of artists in 1979, who joined together to share a darkroom and studio. In 1980, the collective began mounting exhibitions, and in 1986, began offering photography workshops. Gallery 44 was part of a greater network of artist-run centres that grew across Canada in the 60s and 70s. The movement was initiated by and for artists to counter dominant institutions and create communities supporting artistic production, presentation, education, and idea-exchange.
Gallery 44’s original location was on Niagara Street. G44 moved to Bathurst Street in 1986 and to its current location on Richmond Street in 1994. Each move allowed the organization to grow its public programs and membership. The move to 401 Richmond enabled G44 to expand exhibition and production facilities and join a creative community hub.
Throughout its history, G44 has prioritized equitable access to the arts and has worked to eliminate barriers for artists, audiences and youth. For example, through educational partnerships with TDSB and various community organizations and offering subsidized programs within our facilities and in-communities, including those outside the downtown core.
While we continue to grow and evolve—now presenting works by local, regional, national and international artists—we remain committed to our roots as an artist-run centre. G44 now supports a membership of over 400 artists and, on average, pays approximately $80,000 per year in fees directly to artists. Staff, Board and members continue to collaborate on vision- and decision-making, affecting both governance practices and programming.
Kotama is a Laotian born Canadian artist, who currently holds positions in the photography departments at OCADU and York University. As Board President, Kotama serves as chair of the Human Resources Committee and sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Kendra is an independent writer, curator and arts worker based currently based in tkaronto, where she is a settler on treaty 13 territory. Her curatorial, interpretive planning, and public arts work has been presented at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Gardiner Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto. As a Board-elected community representative, Kendra serves as Treasurer and chairs the Finance Committee.
Brian is an arts administrator and photographer. He has been the Festival Coordinator of the CONTACT Photography Festival since 2015. Brian is the Board Secretary and serves on the Special Events and Fundraising Committee, and the Finance Committee.
David is an emerging lens-based artist. He also has in-depth experience in corporate governance and strategic planning. Over the last 20 years, David held progressive roles, including Acting President and CEO at Technical Standards and Safety Authority, and he is a Chartered Director through The Directors College (2020). As a Board member, David sits on the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Finance Committee.
Farihah Aliyah Shah is a contemporary lens-based artist originally from Edmonton and now based in Bradford, ON. She holds a BHRM from York University and a BFA in photography with a minor in integrated media from OCAD University. Her practice explores issues of racial identity, land and collective memory. As a Gallery 44 member, she has served on the Fundraising Committee, and recently contributed to a focus group concerning the development of G44’s new Access and Inclusive Action Committee, which Farihah will Co-Chair in 2021
Gustavo Jabbaz is an emerging photographer who previously worked primarily with internet-based technologies, and now offers consulting services in online marketing. His areas of expertise include web development, stakeholder relations and strategy and execution of online marketing campaigns. Gustavo served as a volunteer consultant on Gallery 44’s recent website redesign project, advising on plans for Gallery 44’s website and ecosystem for remote working.
Jordan Nahmias is both a photographer and a lawyer. He is a partner with the firm Goldenberg Nahmias where his practice focuses on entertainment and corporate matters with an emphasis on film, television and digital media production in both live action and animation. As a Board Member, Jordan serves on the Human Resources Committee, and chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee.
sarah is a tkaronto-based photographer with a background in French Language, Literature and Gender Studies. She has served on G44’s Membership and Facilities Committee since 2016 and has organized membership outreach activities such as Safelight, and G44’s participation in the Edition Book Fair in 2018 and 2019. sarah serves as Board Representative to the Membership and Facilities committee.