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"Ken Lum Works with Photography"
2004-12-11 until 2005-03-06
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Toronto, ON, CA

The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre, Canadaís leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery, announces a new exhibition running from December 11, 2004 through March 6, 2005: Ken Lum Works with Photography, a twenty-year retrospective of Ken Lum's internationally-renowned photo-based works. Ken Lum is one of Canadaís leading artists, and his rise to international acclaim coincides with the increasing prominence of photo-based practices in contemporary art. Ken Lum Works With Photography, a retrospective of Lumís photographic oeuvre, also includes video and photographic documentation of performance works.

Lum has worked consistently with photographic portraits bound to texts, and his investigations into this territory embody his most significant achievements. Lum's major series from the 1980s onward Ė Portrait Logos, Youth Portraits, Portrait Attributes, Portrait-Repeated Texts, and the public commission There is no place like home Ė depict a broad range of individuals from across the social spectrum. Each portrait is paired to a logo, a personís name, or a descriptive and sometimes highly emotive text.

Lum's more recent Photo-Mirror series incorporates fleeting portraits of spectators as reflected in the mirrored surfaces of the works. Primarily concerned with issues of identity, Lumís art practice explores the anxiety, confusion and contradictions that arise when people of disparate backgrounds meet. Canadaís multicultural population has provided much of the content for his work, which often focuses on the interfaces (margins, borders, junctions, crossroads) where languages and cultures collide. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, an affiliate of the National Gallery of Canada. Sponsor for The Power Plantís presentation of Ken Lum Works with Photography: BMO Nesbitt Burns.


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