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Sara Angelucci: Undergrowth

January 21 - April 30

Co-presented by the Art Gallery of Sudbury, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Curated by Shannon Anderson

Sara Angelucci transforms found photographs and creates images exposing the cultural and historical conditions outside the image frame, bringing attention to the social forces that generate the language of photography. Undergrowth brings together several bodies of work produced over the last decade that examine the ways in which photographic practices have contributed to the divide between humans and nature. This direction found its impetus in her series Aviary (2013), which morphs extinct and endangered birds with nineteenth-century carte-de-visite portraits to reveal the colonizing role the camera has played in capturing animals for consumption. This focus continues across an expansive body of work that culminates in Nocturnal Botanical Ontario (2019–ongoing) in which images of entwined native, introduced, and invasive plants made with a digital scanner consider the history of botanical photography through the study of species that exist in the artist’s immediate proximity. These complex botanical compositions point to the impacts of settler colonialism and global trade on our ecology. Through acts of empathy, embodiment, and envisioning, Angelucci’s practice seeks to examine and reconcile our relationship with the natural world.


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Free admission

Image credit: Sara Angelucci, Nocturnal Botanical, (detail) Ontario July 25 2022: Bee balm, Thimble weed, St. John’s Wort, Mallow, Water Iris (detail) inkjet print, 85.3 cm x 118.8 cm. Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery


Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario L3R 2H1 Canada
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