The shrinking world
of photography



Symposium and Exhibitions
January 22–February 28, 2015


Hosted by SPAO in partnership with
the Nobel Women’s Initiative and MATCH International Women's Fund. Supported by the Ontario Arts Council and SAW Gallery.

How are emerging photographers crossing cultural divides to explore socio-political issues both public and private?

How can international photo projects offer unique insights into social issues spanning nationality?

What are the predominant themes and methodologies incorporated by the latest generation of photographic artists in a shrinking, globalized world?

These and related questions will be explored in depth with an international roster of artists, curators, and academics centred at SPAO from January 22 to February 28 for The Shrinking World of Photography. All programming will be free of charge and open to the public.

The event will include two photo exhibitions, panels, and presentations in an atmosphere of inquiry examining the abundant, assertive and multicultural energy at play in the contemporary world of image-making.



Beauty in the Middle: Women of Congo Speak Out is a photo-and-video installation launched by Nobel Women’s Initiative and MATCH International Women’s Fund as part of the Ottawa-based International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. Curated by Zuzia Danielski, this exhibition will take place at Ottawa's SAW Gallery, January 22 to February 6.

Beauty in the Middle: Women of Congo Speak Out presents the story of the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the women grassroots activists who have mobilized against incredible odds to end rape and find a way to justice and peace.

The exhibition was initially presented in June of 2014 as part of the United Kingdom's Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Central to the exhibition are images by award-winning photographer Pete Muller.


Thursday, January 22 (at SAW Gallery)
5 -7 pm, Beauty in the Middle: Women of Congo Speak Out exhibition opening and reception, hosted by CBC Radio's Lucy van Oldenbarnedveld, SAW Gallery.
NOTE: This evening is a ticketed event. $45 for general admission, $15 for non-waged and students. To order tickets online:

Friday, January 23 (at SAW Gallery, free of charge)
5 -7 pm, Symposium opening reception at SAW Gallery, featuring refreshments and brief remarks by host organizations.

Saturday, January 24 (at SPAO, free of charge)
Day-long Symposium / Group photography exhibition on view January 24–February 28

9:00 am: Panel 1: Artists in Conversation

10:45 am: Presentation by Maureen Korp on the work of Hanifa Alizada (Afghanistan)

12:30 pm: Lunch break

2:00 pm: Panel 2: The Academic View

3:30 p.m.: Closing remarks


Luca Nicolini (Italy)

Mozhde Nourmohammadi (Iran)

Hanifa Alizada (Afghanistan)

The Boreal Collective (Curated by Tony Fouhse)



Panel 1: Emerging Lens-Based Artists (9 am)

Rah Eleh
Laurence Butet-Roch
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Johan Hallberg-Campbell

Featured Presentation (10:45 am)
Maureen Korp, Ph.D, on the work of Hanifa Alizada (Afghanistan)

Panel 2: The Academic View (2 pm)

Andrea Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa Fine Art Department
Andrea D. Fitzpatrick completed a Ph.D. in contemporary art and critical theory from McGill University in 2005. Since joining the University of Ottawa in 2007, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on international art and visual culture through various theoretical lenses including gender theory, post-colonial theory, post-structuralism, and theories of globalization. Contemporary art from the Middle East, particularly Iranian photographic and video art, is her active research area. In 2012, she curated two exhibitions of Iranian lens-based art at the artist-run centres SAW Gallery in Ottawa (Ciphers: Tension with Tradition) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto (Gender and Exposure).

Walid El Khachab, Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University
Walid El Kachab is a doctor in comparative literature and cinema. Prior to joining the York faculty, he was Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Arabic program at the department of Modern Languages at Concordia University. He collaborated at several reviews in the domain of cinema in France and in Quebec, including CinémAction and Cinémas. He has published work on gender and contemporary photographic art by the artists Shirin Neshat (Iran) and Laila Essaydi (Morocco) and has examined cinema and inter-cultural interpretation.

Rosalie Favell, Karsh Award winner, Ottawa
Rosalie Favell is a photo-based artist, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Drawing inspiration from her family history and Métis (Cree/English) heritage, she uses a variety of sources, from family albums to popular culture, to present a complex self-portrait of her experiences as a contemporary aboriginal woman. Numerous institutions have acquired her artwork including: National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (Ottawa), Smithsonian National Museum of the s American Indian (Washington, D.C.), and Rockwell Museum of Western Art (Corning, New York).  She has won awards such as the Chalmers Fellowship, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunten Award and the Karsh Award. Rosalie holds an MFA from the University of New Mexico and studied and taught extensively at the post-graduate level. In Ottawa Rosalie has taught at Carlton University, the University of Ottawa and Discovery University.

Maureen Korp, Ottawa
Maureen Korp, Ph.D, is an independent scholar and curator. Author of three books and more than 90 articles, she has lectured on the histories of art and religions in the U.S., Canada, eastern Europe, and Pakistan. In 2010, she curated Available Light, an exhibition of photo-based work of international artists for the National Gallery of Pakistan. In 2014, Korp was invited to contribute essays for monographs published in Berlin on the work of Swiss-Canadian artist Hans Mettler, and in Karachi on the work of Pakistani-Canadian artist Amin Rehman. In 2008-09, Hanifa Alizada was one of Korp’s students at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan. Alizada claims Korp’s courses were “catalysts” for her work.


Nobel Women's Initiative
The Nobel Women's Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and of courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality. For more information see:

In May of 2012 Nobel Women's Initiative and its partners launched The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict. The Campaign demands urgent and bold political leadership to prevent rape in conflict, to protect civilians and rape survivors, and calls for justice for all - including effective prosecution of those responsible. The photo exhibit, Beauty in the Middle: Women of the Congo Speak Out, is an initiative of the campaign and aims to bring the stories of women grassroots activists and survivors who are working for a lasting solution to the violence, to audiences around the world. For more information see:

MATCH International Women's Fund
The MATCH International Women's Fund is a grant-making organization that funds women's rights organizations in the global South to make lasting changes in the lives of women and girls, dismantling barriers, challenging perceptions, changing systems and transforming society for a more equal world. For more information see:


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