Photo-based artists Alexandra Majerus and Stephanie Power investigate the intersections of landscape, memory and inner being. Using landscape as a metaphor for the internal self, each artist draws on their familial connection to the land and its significance in shaping their identity. It is easy for memory to become obscure by nostalgia, instead, Majerus and Power seek the truth behind their individual experiences. Delicately capturing the natural weathering that comes with the passing of time, The Landscape Within gracefully accepts the pain and beauty that couples with loss and growth.
Opening Reception: October 21, 6:00 – 8:00PM
Alexandra Majerus is a multidisciplinary lens-based artist. With a half-Caribbean background that can be traced for 400 years in the anglo-Caribbean, she has migrated repeatedly between Barbados and Canada. Her practice as a whole examines the Caribbean as a transcultural person living in Toronto and ranges from political to personal. She has a BFA Honours from York University and an IAMD MFA from OCAD University. Her MFA investigated the culture and history of Caribbean countries and their diasporas within the frameworks of colonialism and neo-colonialism, looking particularly at tourism through the lens of the landscape. Her practice also looks at the notion of home to explore family, class, notions of taste, migration and loss.
Majerus has exhibited in Canada, the Caribbean, Bulgaria, Portugal and Paraguay and attended residencies in Trinidad, Toronto Islands and Newfoundland. She is currently on the Special Events and Fundraising Committee at Gallery 44. She is also the director and co-founder of Unpack Studio Havana Residency.
Stephanie Power is a lens based artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto Metropolitan University (2016). Her work explores hidden narratives, memory and the emotional resonance of place by way of psychogeography, chance and contemplation. Her birthplace of Newfoundland is an ongoing source of inspiration, framed by the gravitational pull Newfoundlanders at home and away feel towards the island’s beautiful and volatile landscape.
Her book MY/NY Deluxe Picture Book, a photographic scrapbook published and exhibited in June 2016, draws inspiration from the history of New York street photography.
She is a member of faculty in the Illustration program at OCAD University.