Arthur Renwick will speak in Art Now at 12:00 noon on March 2/12 in the Recital Hall

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:00am - 12:50pm

Arthur Renwick is a photo-based artist, independent curator. His practice explores cultural identity and colonization.  He is an assistant professor at University of Guelph.

Renwick is a member of the Haisla First Nation; he was born and raised in Kitimat British Columbia. His early work explored the impact of industry on the landscape and society. It was most likely influenced by the presence of Alcan's aluminum smelter in his hometown of Kitimat. With the Mask Series he turned to portraiture, Jani . The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography's Associate Curator Andrea Kunard describes the Mask Series in 2008 "In order to confront this heritage of discrimination, Renwick asked his subjects to imagine looking through the lens directly at the stereotypes, and make a gesture towards them. The result is a full-face highly animated portrait. The works are larger than life and highly detailed. They are also confrontational and when presented in a group, make a powerful statement on the part of the people depicted. The artist wanted the final image to be unsettling, confrontational, disturbing and mocking. He also wanted viewers to feel small or diminished when they encountered the work."  Renwick was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award in 2005.