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2022 Karsh Continuum artists selected

February 5, 2021
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The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that local artists Stéphane Alexis, Shelby Lisk and Neeko Paluzzi have been selected by 2019 Karsh Award laureate Andrew Wright for the 2022 Karsh Continuum exhibition and mentorship opportunity. This exhibition opens next year at the Karsh-Masson Gallery.

About the artists

Stéphane Alexis is an emerging photographer who mobilizes his technical acuity and tender sensitivity to draw our attention to simple subjects that have profound implications. Proceeding by turning his attention to his immediate experience with razor-sharp focus, his simple images are revealed to be complex mediations on contemporary social relations that resonate with many.

Shelby Lisk is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and photographer from Kenhtè:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory). She uses a wide variety of practices in addition to photography, such as storytelling, documentary film and journalism, to explore subjects that are timely and important. Shelby is interested in capturing people's intrinsic connection to culture, land (place) and one another—especially through the stories of Indigenous people in Canada.

Neeko Paluzzi is well versed in traditional and contemporary photographic and related practices. His works are invitations to explore and interrogate our own subtly nuanced and complex histories, and how they contribute to the formation of the multi-faceted cultures we all inhabit today. The problem of how artworks communicate and come to be meaningful is of primary concern.

Background on Karsh Continuum

In 2017, to acknowledge Canada’s sesquicentennial, the City of Ottawa presented a new exhibition, Continuum: Karsh Award artists welcome a new generation. Emerging local artists were selected by past Karsh Award laureates to participate in this special exhibition celebrating the future of artistic achievement in a photo-based medium.

Continuing to foster this ongoing dialogue around photo/lens-based work, the 2022 Karsh Continuum exhibition honours the artistic legacy of Yousuf and Malak Karsh, while continuing an intergenerational chain of mentorship that fosters photo/lens-based innovation.

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