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"Reading the Face: Portraits by Brian Appel, Doug Guildford & Sadko Hadzihasanovic"
2000-06-03 until 2000-07-15
Cambridge Galleries
Cambridge, ON, CA Canada

Typically, a portrait functions as a substitute for an actual person, a triggering mechanism for memory gazing. The artists in this exhibition, however, present multiple portraits of the same subject, questioning the assumption that a portrait is a definitive or ideal moment in time. Brian Appel is a New York based photographer whose installation 5 x 70 examines professional actors PERFORMING identities in publicity photos. Toronto artist Doug Guildfords installation presents a selection of the daily self - portraits he has been doing for the last 20 years. And Bosnian native Sadko Hadzihasanovics self-portraits focus on the artists identity and dislocation as an artist and as an emigré.

When confronted with a series of portraits, each viewer sees them according to their personal history, values, beliefs, gender, social and economic class. The face is a mirror: a landscape, a vessel containing memory and desire.- Carol Barbour

Brian Appel was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his BFA at the University of Manitoba and his MA in photography from the University of Iowa. Appel lived in Toronto in the early eighties where he worked as an artist and professional photographer. He currently lives and works in New York.

Doug Guildford grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received his BA from Dalhousie University and attended the Ontario College of Art for two years. In 1999 he was the winner of Ernst and Youngs Great Canadian Printmaking Competition. Guildford’s most recent solo exhibition, Quicksand, took place at the Japan Foundation this past winter. He currently lives and works in Toronto.

Sadko Hadzihasanovic was born in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzagovina. He received his BFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and his MFA from the University of Belgrade. Since emigrating to Canada he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, his most recent solo exhibition being Portraitizm, this past winter at Paul Petro Fine Arts. Hadzihasanovic lives and works in Toronto.


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