Every now and then, I get the rare opportunity to work with a group of youth so enthusiastic and dedicated, my own commitment to leading community based art programs is reaffirmed and energized – and the youth at Mount Dennis Public Library did just that. This past spring I had the privilege of working with a stellar group of 8 young photographers, all under the age of 14. We met once a week over two months and although our time together was short, we covered a lot of information and the resulting work they produced was absolutely astounding. Thanks so much, to the participants, library staff, and staff at Vibe for making this an incredible program.
To any of my young photographers reading this: remember, you don’t need a fancy camera to tell a great story. Just keep taking pictures!
This project was organized and funded by the amazing people at Vibe Arts
Continuing our work from our residency at the Gardiner Museum, Amanda Foulds and I have started a Lost and Found Museums account on Instagram. Every Wednesday, we’ll be posting one of the over 100 items we’ve documented from the Lost and Found collections of the Gardiner, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Bata Shoe Museum. Follow us @lostandfoundmuseums
A few months back, Jacqueline Valencia interviewed me for Broken Pencil Magazine and the issue is finally out! You can pick up a copy at your favourite bookseller today!
In the coming weeks, I’ll be offering some short photography workshops for adults and teens at the Avenue Road Arts School!
The first is a three session Night Photography workshop. Through a combination of in-studio and field trip sessions, we’ll work on nighttime street and city scape photography, as well as some strobe, shutter drag, and light drawing techniques. Night photography field trips are always so much fun and I’m terribly excited to be able offer this as a dedicated workshop. You can join us here!
The second is an Architectural Photography workshop where for the first time EVER, we’ll have an opportunity to photograph the gorgeous interior of the grand Victorian building that houses the Avenue Road Arts School…including the secret room! If you love beautiful wood work and the charm of old Toronto architecture, you’re not going to want to miss this. You can join this program here!
Note: For both of these programs, you’ll need to bring your own camera capable of full manual control, as well as a full size tripod. Once you’ve enrolled, I’ll be in touch with through the school with more details. Hope to see you there!
This summer, I’ll be participating in a residency at the Gardiner Museum as part of the “Make it Real Project.” During the week of August 29th to September 4th, I’ll be working in the museum with artist Amanda Foulds on a collaborative photo based artwork. Come by for a visit during the week, and/or join us for our grand finale celebration on the evening of the 1st!
More information about the program can be found here.
Reserve your tickets here.
Here’s our statement from the website:
LOST AND FOUND with Jennifer Chin and Amanda Foulds
Museums house an archive of objects from civilizations past and present with the expressed intent of learning from these artifacts the stories about the peoples that made them. But not all of the museum’s collections are documented. The museum’s lost and found can be viewed as an unconscious community collaboration of sorts. We hope to work together to study, photograph, and interpret the objects left at the gallery to learn more about the visiting public. The objects will be photographed as though they were accessioned by the museum and then curated into narrative groupings lending themselves to an exploration of questions about ownership, aesthetics, authenticity, and cultural values.
I’m pretty darned excited to see what we find in the lost and found and what work we come up with!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars and join us!!
It’s summer and I’ve finally found some time to update my website! If you haven’t seen it for a while, you’ll notice some new work up, specifically in the Morphology of Luxury section. I’ll be continuing to work on the site through the summer so please swing on by and have a look!
Also, there’s some pretty exciting news coming on the studio front so stay tuned.
This spring, I had the amazing opportunity to work on another VIBE Arts Arts For Social Justice project, this time with Westview Centennial, and hip hop dancer/choreographer, Jennalee Desjardins. For this project, the students wanted to challenge the discrimination they feel when they tell people where they’re from. All of the material in the video was created by the students using their smart phones! Jennalee and I helped put it together. Have a look!