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Poster image by Bahar Kamali

Juried by Robyn CummingClare Samuel, & Liz Ikiriko

Publication text by Frances Dorenbaum

Gales Gallery, 105 Accolade West Building, 4700 Keele St, Toronto

Gender and The Lens III publication - text by: Frances Dorenbaum, cover image:  Christina Oyawale, careworn & coil,  2021 - ongoing, background image: detail from Nava Messas-Waxman's  Becoming series (2014-22). 

Gender and The Lens III Installation View at Gales Gallery, York University. Artists from left to right: Bisma Jay, Christina Oyawale,  Azia Jonelle

Upcoming Programming

We have some lovely news to share - FPN is a grant recipient of Canada Council's Digital Now initiative! This generous support will fund the creation of an online exhibition and associated programming launching in March 2023. More details to follow as co-directors Clare Samuel & Jennifer Long begin the process of turning the grant proposal into a reality! 

Thank you Canada Council!

FPN is at Women, Photography, and Feminisms - WOPHA Congress.

The first-ever WOPHA Congress is co-presented by Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

This FREE event runs November 18-19 and can be attended virtually or in person. For the conference line up, please visit:

2021 Feminist Photography Online Residency

Our 2021 artist residents included Clea Christakos-Gee, Helen JonesJennifer Long, Flannery O'KafkaClare SamuelKate Schneider,  Farihah Aliyah ShahStaceyTyrell, & Nilupa Yasmin.

Image: Farihah Aliyah Shah @rihah
 Still from ‘And With These Hands’, 2020
single channel video installation (‪04:49‬)

2020 Feminist Photography Online Residency

In 2017, Feminist Photography Network piloted an online residency, whichbrought together twelve mid-career womenartists. The framework of the online residencyrevolved around monthly deadlines, feedback on works-in-progress,and peer motivation. Basedin Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlandsof Scotland, and Tkaronto/Toronto, the artists were selected because oftheir connections to photo-based practices, interest in community-building, andtheir shared challenges in creating art. In April 2020, nine of the artistsreinstated the residency in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our 2020 artist residents included Ida Arentoft, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Gina Lundy, Margaret Mitchell, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, & StaceyTyrell.

Image: KateSchneider, Untitled 2020, work-in-progress

From Here & Elsewhere

“From Here & Elsewhere” (Spring/Summer 2020) was presented in collaboration with K + D, an art consulting firm that manages and builds art collections for private collectors and corporations across Canada @kplusd. The exhibition presented at Capital One's private offices features the work of four lens-based artists living in Toronto: April Hickox, Kate Schneider, Dianne Davis, and Virginia Mak. The selection of works each relate to the examination, recollection or documentation of a specific time and place, with themes of flora and fauna tying them together visually.

image: Dianne Davis, Common II, 2017 (Whirlpool Farm, 1891), 2017, C-print

April 2019: FPN is a proud community sponsor of the next Bechdel Tested event! It's a panel discussion on Women & Photography with screening of the amazing film 'Everlasting Moments', dir. Jan Troell, Sweden, 2008. Details and tickets here 

Images left to right: Production still from 'Everlasting Moments', dir. Jan Troell, Sweden, 2008 / Alison Bechdel's cartoon strip from 1985 in 'Dykes To Watch Out For', that led to the term 'The Bechdel Test' / Criterion Collection DVD cover for  'Everlasting Moments', dir. Jan Troell, Sweden, 2008

Check out Online Artist Residency Participant Gina Lundy's Open College of Arts blog post about our residency and exhibit!

Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation

Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre

June 23 - September 14, 2018
Opening celebrations July 12, 6-10pm

Part of
BRAVE: The Festival of Risk and Failure

An exhibition by members of Feminist Photography Network’s Online Residency

Featuring artwork by: Ida Arentoft, Hannah Laycock, Jennifer Long, Gina Lundy, Sarah Mangialardo, Margaret Mitchell, Clare Samuel, Kate Schneider, Arpita Shah, and Stacey Tyrell  

Left: Stacey Tyrell, Untitled, 2018

In the summer of 2017, Feminist Photography Network piloted an online residency, which brought together mid-career woman-identified artists from Canada and Scotland (via the Scotland-based WildFires: Women Photographers Network). The framework of the online residency revolved around monthly deadlines, feedback on work-in-progress, and peer motivation. Based in Brooklyn, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highlands of Scotland, and Toronto, the selected artists are aligned in their connection to photo-based practices, interest in community-building, and shared challenges in creating art. These artists have experienced common impediments, such as halts to their practice due to family commitments, precarious employment, and health issues. These and other variables, paired with the repeated underrepresentation of women in art, pose a challenge to sustaining an artistic practice. Exchanges: Dialogue, Hesitation & Creation explores the dynamic process of artistic production, including the failed shoots, self-doubt, and moments of clarity, while celebrating how the chaos of daily life can both inspire and hinder an artistic practice.

Special thanks to Exhibition Project Coordinator Alana West for her tireless support; the staff at Harbourfront Centre for their insight and trust; designer Sophie Paas-Lang for bringing the timeline to life; and Tek Yang and OCAD University’s Epson Imaging Lab for their printing support.

This exhibition is made possible by Creative Scotland, British Arts Council, Danish Arts Council, UK’s Heritage Lottery Fund, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Canada, City of Toronto and Canada Council for the Arts.

Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 12 noon to 6pm, Friday 12 noon to 8pm. 
Closed Mondays, open holiday Mondays from 12 noon to 6pm

Accessibility information

March 1-10, 2018 

Artists’ Reception March 8th, 7-9pm

Ryerson Artspace 
1214 Queen Street W, Toronto, M6J 1J6

Open Wed-Fri 1-8pm, Sat & Sun 12-7pm

Wheelchair accessible through Gladstone Melody Bar 

This is our second exhibition of student and recent alumni work in honour of International Women’s Day. This year the show includes artwork from Napier University as well as OCAD and Ryerson Universities. A sister exhibition of work by the same artists willis running concurrently at Napier’s gallery in Edinburgh, UK. Through this exhibition, different aspects and versions of what it means to be gendered female are explored. The relationships,tensions and contradictions between them reveal the slipperiness and intangibility of this supposed category, and the lived experiences it gives rise to.


Valerie Carew 
Ailene deVries 
Kat Dlugosz
Charisse Fung 
Marina Mche
Julia Nemfield
Ananna Rafa
Adrian Raymer
FarihahAliyah Shah
Kelsey Whyte

We are thankful to our jury of industry professionals for selecting the works and shaping an exhibition that presents many interpretations of, and questions about, gender; Rita Godlevskis, Heather Rigg, Eric Watters & Robyn Zolnai.  We are also grateful to the team of professionals at Ryerson Artspace and to April Hickox and OCAD University’s Epson Photography Lab for printing support.

Above: Marina McheBeyond Norms II, 2017

FREE SCREENING of Katy Grannan's The Nine, 7th March at 7pm

TRIGGER WARNING: Approximately 1 hr into thefilm, a subject reveals witnessing a past event involving the sexual assault ofa minor.  No visuals are shown

This screening at Ryerson's School of Image Arts, 122 Bond St (Room 307) is organized by Feminist Photography Network in conjunction with the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival

Reserve your FREE tickets through Eventbright, space is limited! Please contact Clare Samuel if you have accessibility needs -

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THE NINE, renowned photographer Katy Grannan’s first feature film, is an intimate, at times disturbing, view into an America most would rather ignore. 

There is nothing left of the American dream on the Nine -a solemn destination,a resting place for those who have relinquished the dream. Modesto is a city that lies in California's Central Valley, a region devastated during America'sGreat Depression. Modesto's notorious South Ninth Street -the Nine- is a noman's land where the rules of polite society do not apply. The people living there form a ravaged micro community whose Darwinian existence is a day to day hustle, and survival is by any means necessary. Kiki, however, is the rare bright light whose magnetic optimism is a means of self-preservation. Her childlike enthusiasm belies the stark reality that surrounds her. THE NINE,filmed in an elegiac style, honours the casualties of a broken system-people who might otherwise be forgotten. Raw, poetic, direct, and unnerving, the film is less a window into a foreign world than a distorted mirror reflecting our own shared existence.

Grannan’s photographs are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum ofAmerican Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, NewYork; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. She’s also a longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and many other important publications. Grannan received her BA from the University ofPennsylvania and her MFA from the Yale School of Art. There are five monographs of her work: Model American, The Westerns, Boulevard, The Nine, and The NinetyNine.

Feminist Photography Network Online Residency

From June 2017 to March 2018 – Feminist Photography Network is piloting an online residency for mid-career artists which brings together 12 lens-based artists to create work and participate in exhibitions in Scotland and Toronto. 

Participating Artists: 
Ida Arentoft
Melissa General 
Hannah Laycock
Jennifer Long 
Gina Lundy 
Sarah Mangialardo
Margaret Mitchell
Clare Samuel 
Kate Schneider 
Arpita Shah 
Iseult Timmermans
Stacey Tyrell

Top Left: Gina LundySweets Way Resists, London, 2015
Top Right: Sarah Mangialardo, Untitled, from the series Reconstructions 4, 2009
Lower Left: Margaret Mitchell, from the series In This Place

Gender & The Lens Exhibition

In celebration of International Women’s Day, 2017, The Feminist Photograhy Network launched the Gender & The Lens exhibition at  OCAD University's Ada Slaight Student Gallery.

Participating Artists: Maddie AlexanderYuling Chen, Clea Christakos-GeeAva CochraneMara GajicAntonio GiacchettiRaelene GiffinAshley HiltzJesse King,  Morgan Sears WilliamsMichael SeleskiFarihah ShahAlia Youssef 

Curated by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel

The exhibit showcased artworks by feminist-minded students and recent graduates from Ryerson and OCAD University whose artwork explores themes of gender through lens-based mediums.  Within this installation was a slideshow entitled When The Light Shifts, by members of WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland.  

Right: Gender & The Lens installation at OCAD University’s Ada Slaight Student Gallery. Front monitor: WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland, Back wall by Ava Cochrane (OCAD U) and Alia Youssef (Ryerson)

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