Past, Past NGC@MOCCA Exhibitions

MAY 1 – JUNE 1, 2014

National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art


Since photography’s beginnings, artists have used their own body and self-image as subject matter, some turning it into the very basis of their practice. Photography has always been intertwined with the human propensity to look at others; the latter’s voyeurism taking over only where the photographer’s gaze leaves off. This exhibition, drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, presents works by acclaimed Canadian and international artists who explore the space between their own selves and that of another, expanding identity into the realm of role-playing through photographic self-portraiture.

Bill Burke/ Sophie Calle/ General Idea/ Rafael Goldchain/ Rodney Graham/ Yasumasa Morimura/ Shelley Niro/ Cindy Sherman

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein and Jonathan Shaughnessy
Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada
Presented in conjunction with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Image: Yasumasa Morimura, To My Little Sister / For Cindy Sherman (detail), 1998. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Photo © NGC

Installation Shots

Image Credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

Opening Reception

Friday May 2, 7 pm



Contact Festival

Megan (Triptych) copyWinter Green