Join us on June 9th at 5pm for an in person artist walk-through of Proof 29, featuring artists Neeko Paluzzi, Holly Change and Christina Oyawale.
Proof is Gallery 44's annual exhibition of work by emerging Canadian Artists that reflects a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary lens-based media. Proof is often one of the first exhibitions in a professional context for an emerging artist.
Public Reception to follow from 6-8PM.
Neeko Paluzzi (he/him) holds two masters degrees from the University of Ottawa: a Masters of Fine Arts (2022) and a Masters of Film Studies (2013). In addition, he is a graduate of the Photographic Arts and Production program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017). He was the recipient of the Karsh Continuum Photography Award from the City of Ottawa in 2021, had a feature exhibition at the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival in 2019 and was the winner of the 2018 Project X, Photography Grant from the Ottawa Arts Council. Paluzzi currently teaches English at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute.
Holly Chang is an artist and curator living in Toronto who has completed her MA in Communication and Culture at TMU/York University. Her overall artistic work explores the themes of her second-generation identity as a mixed-race person; she explores her cross-cultural identity and draws on her hybrid background for inspiration. In her practice, she incorporates photography, archives, ceramics, textiles, and collage. Chang identifies as a queer artist, and she further relates the experiences of being queer to her mixed-race identity.
Christina Oyawale (they/them) is a Black non-binary disabled lens-based Tkaronto artist, curator and designer. They hold a BFA in Photography and minor in Music and Cultural Studies from Toronto Metropolitan University. Their artistic practice is based in documenting the radical occupation of space, influenced by their interests in disability studies and aesthetics. They approach their practice as a means of exploring the ways in which identity and culture are both represented and embodied in our society and how it intersects with other social categories like gender, race and sexuality.