The Don River series by Surendra Lawoti. Gallery 44

The Don River series by Surendra Lawoti.
April 30 - June 4, 2011

Artist Talk: Sat May 14, 1 pm
Surendra Lawoti in discussion with Matthew Blackett

The Don River series by Surendra Lawoti documents the users of the shores of the Don River Valley in Toronto. Lawoti’s detailed large-scale images focus on the makeshift shelters and their inhabitants that can be found along the river, as well as the recreational users of this green urban space. It is through the people he pictures that we begin to understand the dynamics of this landscape.

This Saturday May 14, artist Surendra Lawoti will discuss his photography series Don River with urban space pundit and Gallery 44 exhibition catalogue essay writer Matthew Blackett, editor of Spacing Magazine.

Lawoti's images don't judge instead, they seem to listen to the people, the tents, and the abandoned shopping carts. His photographs tell us unique and critical stories about this particular place in the city that, for a few tough souls, offers up a last hope. And hope has always been a part of the allure of the Don River.

Surendra Lawoti was born in Nepal and is now based in Toronto where he is sessional faculty at Ontario College of Art and Design University. He received his BA from Columbia College Chicago and MFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. His work has been exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Medellin, Colombia and in Kathmandu, Nepal. His work stems from his interest in social issues, politics, documentary, art and beauty.

Matthew Blackett is the publisher and creative director of Spacing magazine. Blackett is the co-recipient of the 2010 Jane Jacobs Prize and was named Editor of the Year in 2007 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. He is also responsible for a few fashion crazes in Toronto involving 1-inch buttons.

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond St West Suite 120 Toronto

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