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Pics or it didn't happen

A group exhibition in Pari Nadimi Gallery's project space, including works by Rachel de Joode Berlin, Felix Kalmenson Toronto, Adriana Rami Los Angeles, David Hanes Baltimore, Elliot Vredenburg Los Angeles, and Elle Kurancid Toronto. This show is curated by Toronto-based writer, maker, and activist Sarah Friend.

The phrase "pics or it didnt happen" began in web forums as a response to an outlandish or dubious claim like, Duuuude. Last night I met Miley Cyrus and she twerked on me. Response: Pics or it didnt happen. Such an exchange is a reminder that our culture equates photos with proof a flawed proposition.

This is an exhibition of art documentation photosthe digital traces that remain after an exhibition, the self-made archivepresented in place of art itself. But in Pics or it didnt happen, the art documented does not exist. Various artists explore this conundrum and its ramifications, both in and outside of this exhibition, and the art world.

Rachel de Joode has a solo exhibition opening at Neumeister Bar-Am Berlin in February, and another at SWG3 Glasgow in June. She is the founder and art-director of Meta Magazine. Felix Kalmenson completed the residency at ZK/U Center for Art and Urbanistics Berlin in fall 2013. His solo exhibition HLS-F71, opened in January at The New Gallery Calgary. Adriana Rami received her BFA from the University of California San Diego in 2011. Her recent projects include Craigslist-Assisted Readymade at Stadium New York and Architects of Gamma Bad at Sunhoo Industrial Design Park Fuyang, China. David Hanes received his BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University Toronto in 2013. His solo exhibition David Hanes: Aware, opens in April at Birch Contemporary Toronto. Elliot Vredenburg is currently an MA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles. He is a member of the Toronto collective Workparty, whose project The Little People was installed at Toronto City Hall for Nuit Blanche in fall 2013. Elle Kurancid exhibited in Reputations, a two-person show at Pari Nadimi Gallery in fall 2013. She will start an MA at Goldsmiths London in September. Sarah Friend organizes an interdisciplinary lecture series called Small Talk Toronto, 2012-3. Her research interests include modernism, utopian politics/aesthetics, and rapid-prototyping technologies.

Show runs Feb 6 to Mar 29.


Pics or it didn't happen

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