The Rites of Passage: Photo Exhibit is a gallery exhibit showcasing the work from five brilliant Asian Canadian female filmmakers who created Rites of Passage, our Centrepiece Gala Presentation (Alison Kobayashi, Casey Mecija, May Truong, Shasha Nakhai, and Leslie Supnet). The works bring to life personal home videos that reflect the culturally rich and pivotal moments of the filmmaker’s lives – a true inspiration and eye-opening event. Photographs from each of the filmmaker’s piece will be exhibited at The Bluffs Gallery.
Gallery Opening Reception:
Thursday November 10 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Free Admission at The Bluffs Gallery
All 5 filmmakers in attendance!
(in attendance for Gallery Opening)
Alison Kobayashi’s collection of found objects inspire her videos, performances, installations and drawings. Her award-winning, multi-disciplinary work has been exhibited internationally at galleries and film festivals. She is a University of Toronto graduate and a 2016 Yaddo, and a MacDowell Colony fellow. Now based in Brooklyn, she is UnionDocs’ Director of Special Projects.
Casey Mecija is an accomplished multi-disciplinary artist, primarily working in the fields of music, film and performance. Psychic Materials (2016), Mecija’s first solo album, addresses themes of queerness, diaspora, history, and love. Currently, Mecija is completing a PhD at the University of Toronto.
May Truong is a photographer and visual artist based in Toronto, best known for her dynamic and insightful portraits. In her personal work, she explores themes that prompt us to reflect on experiences of racialization, gender, youth, belonging, and representation.
Shasha Nakhai’s award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide. She was one of eight filmmakers selected for the DOC Institute’s 2015 Breakthrough Program. She was born in the Philippines, grew up in Nigeria and came to Canada as an international student in 2003.
Leslie Supnet is an artist and educator who creates moving images using animation and found media. She uses an experimental approach to create psychological narratives and visions of a desired future. Her work has screened at international film festivals, galleries, and micro-cinemas.