Proof 17

Roger Proulx, Red Woman with Fur, 111.76 x 139.7 cm inkjet print, 2009

Christophe Jivraj, Group from the series Camp, 76.2 x 101.6 cm c-print, 2006

Meryl McMaster, Ancestral 6, 101 x 76 cm digital c-print, 2008



Proof 17

Friday, July 9, 2010 to Saturday, August 7, 2010
Opening Reception:
July 9,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Gallery 44 ends its exhibition season each summer with Proof, a showcase of work by emerging Canadian talent in contemporary photography. The work in Proof is selected solely based on its artistic merit and innovation, resulting in an exhibition free of curatorial mandate or theme. Proof represents new ideas and approaches in photographic art, while supporting emerging Canadian artists. This year’s seventeenth edition of Proof highlights the work of artists Christophe Jivraj, Aislinn Leggett, Meryl McMaster, Roger Proulx, and Karen Zalamea. The projects presented in Proof17 provide a spectrum of photographic approaches from politically engaged work, to fabricated realities and hybrid artistic practices. Marino Imperio is the 2009 winner of the Verant Richards Scholarship Award and his work will be on display in the vitrines. This annual award is a photography scholarship in memory of Verant Richards, a founding member of Gallery 44, and the award supports a graduating student from the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Artist Biography: 

Christophe Jivraj, born in France and raised in Toronto, has exhibited in Edmonton, Calgary and Montreal. Working with the same models for over five years, his practice explores notions of portraiture, beauty, and trust. Jivraj holds an MFA in photography from Concordia University, and lives and works in Toronto. 

Aislinn Leggett was born in Namur, Quebec. Her work contemplates the past, and relationships formed through land, memory, and family. Leggett holds a BFA in photography from Concordia University, and lives and works in Montreal. 

Meryl McMaster was born and raised in Ottawa. Her work centres on gender, identity, myth, and memory. McMaster is a recent graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design’s BFA program in photography. She lives and works in Toronto. 

Roger Proulx was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Through his staging of enigmatic and fictive scenes, Proulx suggests a wealth of narrative possibilities in his images. His work has been exhibited as part of Le Mois de la Photo à Montreal, and is held in the permanent collection of the Cirque du Soleil. He currently lives and works in Montreal. 

Karen Zalamea was born and raised in Vancouver. She completed an MFA in photography at Concordia University in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, United States, England, France, and Holland, and it is an enquiry into the relationship between the body, gesture, labour, repetition, and rhythm. Zalamea lives and works in Montreal. 


Described once as "frustratingly engaging", Matthew Williamson examines the gaps between the Internet and so-called 'real life'. While working in a broad range of formats from print to video, websites to electronics his work is focused on the humorous relationships we forge with our machines. A graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design, Matthew has shown work in Trieste, Italy; Providence, Rhode Island; and Toronto, Ontario.