Join artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache in this workshop that highlights the poetics and politics of still life photography. Participants will explore the ways in which objects can be used to build and trace larger narratives such as identity and migration, while also considering how the use of satire and pastiche can be implemented to add critical layers. The workshop will culminate with a group discussion which considers these elements. Participants are encouraged to pre-select an object of personal significance to be used in the final portion of the session.
Through her performative video works and photographs, Toronto-based artist Dainesha Nugent-Palache explores the dichotomies and paradoxes inherent in representations of Afro-Caribbean femininities. Dainesha’s artwork flirts with anthropological and archaeological realms, often produced as a result of her familial digging. Her practice is concerned with visualizations of Black diaspora across pasts, presents, and speculative futures, producing portraits and other still life-based works. With an exuberant approach to colour and display, Daineshas work often negotiates with forms of glamour, excess, and other photographic strategies inherent to the visual cultures of capitalism.
Dainesha graduated from OCAD University’s photography program where she was the recipient of the Dorothy Hoover Research Award, and the OCAD University Photography Faculty and Friends Award, she is also a recipient of the 2021 National Gallery Photography Award. Her artwork has been exhibited Nationally through venues such as the AGO, Gallery TPW, TRUCK Contemporary, and internationally in New York, Finland, and Vienna, and can be found in The Wedge Collection, Toronto Dominion Bank Art Collection, as well as several private collections. Dainesha is also a founding member of the plumb.