Still ReFrame – Event Details

As you may have heard, ‘ReFrame’ Peterborough’s international film festival will be taking place from Friday January 27th 2012 to Sunday January 29th 2012 at various locations here in town.

The mandate of the festival is:

“To reframe international issues through film and art in order to engage local community members about social justice concerns that connect us.
Our goal is to develop the audience’s appreciation and awareness of arts and culture and the social justice issues being explored in contemporary media today. We select films that will develop the audience’s appreciation and awareness of the potential and impact of the arts – particularly contemporary media – to convey social justice issues.”

As a component of the festival ReFrame will be presenting ‘Still ReFrame’ a simultaneous art exhibition/art event that runs parallel to the film festival during the month of January. Still ReFrame takes part in several venues across the city. A Gallery Hop will take place January 22, 2012 from 1pm-5pm. Three additional art galleries will be open during the Gallery Hop. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support our local artists and our local art galleries.

See below for a list of participating art exhibitions;

Doug Vanhemessen
Location: Dreams of Beans
138 Hunter Street West
Peterborough, Ph: 705-742-2406

What is a “photograph”? Sometimes I like to use the camera and printer as simply the tools to transfer images in my head to the finished product. I like the outcomes, and, I like to test “ways of seeing” and conventional expectations of “photography”.

Breaking the Mold PCVS @ Reframe 2012 -Part I & Part II
Location of Part 1: The Spill, 414 George Street Peterborough, Ph: 748-6167
Location of Part II: Black Honey Bakery, 378 C Aylmer St. Peterborough

Students have examined issues of conformity through this body of work.
Using themselves as a contextual starting point, they have responded to
the various challenges that come with Breaking the Mold.

Beth McCubbin
Location: Black Honey, 221 Hunter Street,
Peterborough, Ph: 750-0014

The title of the show is Ceramic Interpretation. The theme recognizes diversity as the works portray cultural and social diversity in the way we live and the objects that we keep. The work consists of three installations: good neighbours, live downtown, and ceramic studies.

Nexia by Mary Kainer
Location: Green Eyewear Optical,
374 George Street Peterborough,
Ph: 775-3937

In these three drawings I explore the world of transgenics as practiced by Nexia, a biotech firm that has created ‘biosteel’ a trade-marked and patented product that derives recombinant spider silk from goats’ milk. The trio is part of a larger body of work called Corpo in which I address the environmental and social devastation of global corporate domination.
My artistic practice addresses the political, the personal and the purely visual through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and installation. Conceptually my work travels though representation, illustration, process, obsessive construction, colour and form.

Miriam Davidson
Location: Natas Café,
376 George Street Peterborough,
Ph: 745-2233

Photographer and art educator, Miriam Davidson has recorded the fairs for more then 25 years. At “fair time” individuals and communities are renewed, farm work is recognized and ritualized, and the talents of many individuals are celebrated. Through her photographs Davidson strives to capture the great investment of time and creative energy many individuals make to the fairs, while considering the ways that these dynamic examples of grassroots cultural performance, act as agents of preservation and change.

Rani Danderson & Miriam Davidson
Location: Art Gallery Peterborough
2 CRESCENT ST Peterborough, Ontario
(705) 743-9179

The Ice Cream Truck Story Project: Digital Storytelling in the Community
Miriam Davidson and Rani Sanderson will share the process and results of facilitating digital storytelling in a variety of contexts. In particular they will screen a series of digital stories created on site at the 171st Norfolk County Fair in Simcoe Ontario by individuals ranging in age from 11-80 years. Davidson and Sanderson will discuss their goals as well as the process and challenges of mobile digital storytelling projects.
A selection of these digital stories will also be screened in the reading room at the AGP in conjunction with ReFrame International Film Festival.

NOTE: A talk and screening Saturday January 28, 2012 2pm-4pm at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Art Gallery Peterborough (Main Gallery)

Streaming Alterity

Exploring the politics of recent histories of racism, feminist activism, animal drag, and the poetics of personal journeys, selected works by Rebecca Belmore (Vancouver), Emilie Chhangur, Johanna Householder, Pamila Matharu (Toronto), Nadia Myre, (Montreal) Natalie Wood, and Christina Zeidler (Toronto) will be shown in juxtaposition so as to put into play philosophical terms like “alterity” meaning ‘otherness’ and “critical pedagogy” signifying a balance between theory and practice by presenting a program of performance, video and installation. This group show will be accompanied by a publication with essays by Pamela Edmonds and Carla Garnet.

Art Gallery Peterborough (Lower Ramp)

Wedge Projects: Always Moving Forward: Contemporary African Photography

Organized by Wedge Projects and Gallery 44 (Toronto), Always Moving Forward, is a survey of lens-based work produced by contemporary African-born photographers: Mohamed Bourouissa, Mohamed Camara, Calvin Dondo, Samuel Fosso, Hassan Hajjaj, Bouchra Khalili, Antony Kaminju, Lebohang Mashiloane, Aida Muluneh, Dawut L. Petos, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Guy Tillim, Andres Tshabangu, and Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko. These new voices are a response to emerging technologies, transitioning landscapes, rampant globalization and forces of capitalism including the influence of advertising and new media. The group show is accompanied by Always Moving Forward exhibition catalogue with image reproductions and essays by Sally Frater and Pamela Edmonds.

Victoria Wallace
Location: Market Hall 140 Charlotte St
Peterborough, ON K9J 8R9
(705) 749-1146

The theme in Wallace’s current series of paintings is related to duplicity, that is, the artist’s interpretation, in metaphoric studies, allegorically representing the illusions presented to us all in our every day lives.
Victoria Wallace is a multi-media artist working, exhibiting and conducting workshops in acrylic, encaustic, watercolour and sculptural media. She has had a successful mural and specialty paint finish company in Toronto for over 25 years. Her extensive commissions include work for television, film, theatre, restaurants, businesses and private collections across Canada and internationally. Her paintings are infused with the “trompe l’oeil” influence she mastered through years of mural painting. Victoria’s work illuminates her subjects through a range of techniques that combine high realism to abstraction

Robert Hood, “War is Over” digital photo essay
Location: Showplace,
290 George Street
Peterborough, Ph: 742-7089

“The iconic ongoing peace project “War is Over If You Want It” by Yoko Ono has always resonated with me, and I decided to explore and promote the resurgence of peace and the rejection of war in my own photography. I have taken the mantra “War is Over If You Want It” and applied it with digital tools to a diversity of strange and wondrous images captured in my travels. However incongruous, my intention is to reach your heart and mind with this message of PEACE.”
Robert Hood is a Kawartha-based photo-artist and long-haul truck driver who frames both beauty and paradox with his camera lens.

Brian Nichols
Location: Showplace,
290 George Street
Peterborough, Ph: 742-7089

Brian’s work comes out of spending time in a hospital in rural Zimbabwe each year. In it he explores what it means to be present with people as they suffer.

Three community art galleries will also be open and participating in the Gallery Hop;

Blue Tomato 140 Hunter Street West 2nd floor entrance
Christensen Fine Art 432 George St N
Art Space 378 Aylmer St N

For all the details of ‘ReFrame’ and ‘Still ReFrame’ go check out the website at;


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