I’m 67 yrs. old I was born in a small village in southern Italy we immigrated to Canada in 1961. I have over 40 yrs. in the TV industry as a camera man and a sound engineer. I have been a photographer since the age of 12. I’m also a motorcycle enthusiast and use my camera to document my travels as I ride. Having traveled all over the world my camera has been with me throughout my life.
Becky McFarlane is a community organizer with over 17 years of experience working in the community sector. Becky joined The 519 as the Director, Programs and Community Services, and is responsible for overseeing the Centre’s programs and services, and education and training initiatives. Prior to her work at The 519, she worked with UNITE HERE Local 75 on the development of the Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC) and its social enterprise restaurant, Hawthorne Food and Drink. For several years she was the Director of Working for Change, an organization that develops employment and leadership opportunities for individuals with mental health and addictions issues and others who have been marginalized by poverty.
Blake Fitzpatrick, PhD
Blake Fitzpatrick holds the position of Professor and Chair, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. He has exhibited his photo-based work in Canada, the United States and at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. Freedom Rocks: The Everyday Life of the Berlin Wall, is a collaborative project produced with artist Vid Ingelevics that has been exhibited internationally and at Prefix ICA and Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. He is co-editor of Critical Distance in Documentary Media (2018), a collection of essays from artists and scholars exploring new developments in documentary studies. Fitzpatrick’ contribution to the collection included an essay on the aerial image in contemporary documentary art.
Dawnmarie Harriott is a Program Coordinator at Working for Change an umbrella for several social purpose enterprises that provides employment and education opportunities to people who have experienced poverty, mental illness and addictions. Dawnmarie speaks publicly about the significance of community engagement and the importance of including people with lived experience of marginalization in discussions to create systematic change.
Berenson Fine Art was founded in Toronto, Canada, in 2011 by Emilia Ianeva. The holder of two Master’s Degrees, one in Art History, Ianeva has worked with both European and North American contemporary artists. She has curated public and private art collections in Canada, USA, Russia and the Middle East and she brings over twenty-five years of experience in government and cultural institutions. Emilia Ianeva is the author of three published books of philosophy in Europe. Currently, she writes a monthly article titled “Art and Other Verbs” for the Distillery District magazine in Toronto. As the Associate Director of the Pasquale Iannetti Gallery on Sutter Street in San Francisco from 2002 to 2005, Ianeva built a reputation for bringing modern masters within public reach. Over the years, she has assisted in curating special exhibitions of work by 20th-century masters including Francis Bacon, Lautrec and his Contemporaries, Pissarro and Francisco Zuniga. Now, her focus remains with the eclectic group of contemporary artists at Berenson Fine Art where the quality of their work alone is her connection to the gallery’s roster without other defining agenda.
Hector Vasquez is a Toronto based photographer, and a graduate from the Humber College Creative Photography program. Specializing in news coverage, event, and food photography, Hector has worked with clients such as KIA, Dubreton, Enroute Magazine, TIFF, Budweiser, and The Keg to name a few. Aside from freelance work, Hector has been with blogTO as their staff photographer for the past 4 years.
Michèle Pearson Clarke
Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her work explores the personal and political possibilities afforded by considering experiences of emotions related to longing and loss. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art at Le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (2018); All That is Left Unsaid at ltd los angeles (2018); Black Radical Imagination at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016); Parade of Champions at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (2015); and a solo exhibition, A Welcome Weight on My Body (2018) at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto. Based in Toronto, Clarke holds an MSW from the University of Toronto, and she received her MFA from Ryerson University in 2015, when she was awarded both the Ryerson University Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal and the Ryerson Gold Medal for the Faculty of Communication + Design. From 2016-2017, Clarke was artist-in-residence at Gallery 44, and she was the EDA Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough for the 2018 winter semester. Clarke’s writing has been published in Canadian Art, Transition Magazine and Momus, and in 2018, she was a speaker at the eighth TEDxPortofSpain. Clarke is currently a contract lecturer in the Documentary Media Studies program at Ryerson University, and she is a finalist for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts 2019 Artist Prize. Most recently, Clarke has been appointed to serve a three-year term as the second Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto.
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