RYERSON UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE DOCUMENTARY MEDIA FESTIVAL
JUNE 9–19, Hours: Wed–Sat, 12–7 pm
Beaver Hall Gallery, 29 McCaul St.

DOC NOW
RETHINKING SOCIAL SPACE
Paul Eekhoff, Erwin Lee, 
Sarah Sharkey Pearce, Cynthia Shulak
Opening Reception: June 10, 5–9 PM

The varied works in this exhibition take us from the edges of historical space into the density of contemporary and future spaces. Meeting at the intersection between public spaces and private lives, the works protract the boundaries, structure, and construction of documentary, asking us to consider documentary not just as a temporal practice, but a spatial one.

In Between Desire, photographer Paul Eekhoff examines the moment where suburban expansion collides with and undermines the natural landscape.

Erwin Lee’s photographic diptychs take us into the center of the suburbs. Rethinking Suburbia depicts a new shift in urban building design showing an aspect of shared space not often associated with suburban sprawl.

Documentary filmmaker Sarah Sharkey Pearce, working with designer Mariangela Piccione, investigates the complexity of youth experience in public space in Weston-Mount Dennis, Toronto. A series of short documentaries projected through specific architectural models, Weston Public is exhibited as a multi-channel video installation.

Moving from the physical to the virtual, Cynthia Shulak’s online video work, Not Just Boy’s Fun: The Rad Ladies Project, looks at subcultures and engendered spaces. Creating a space for self-expression through online media, the project attempts to bridge the gap between filmmaker and subjects by shifting the director’s role from that of creator to one of facilitator. —Erin Riley

DOC NOW is a media arts festival showcasing the work of graduating students from the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Media Program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. The festival presents the final works of 25 emerging documentary media artists from June 7 to 26 with additional exhibitions taking place in mid-May. This year’s lineup includes a wide variety of works in film, photography, and new media, which range from the personal to the political, exploring a gamut of documentary subjects. Canada has a world-renowned reputation for excellence in documentary media and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Media Program is committed to nurturing new talent in this important area. All screenings and exhibitions are FREE and open to the public.

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