Rafael Goldchain, Photography Coordinator, Exhibiting at MOCCA and The Gallery at The J

Rafael Goldchain, the coordinator of the Bachelor of Photography program at Sheridan College, will have his work included in two exhibits in the coming months.

In Character: Self Portrait of the Artist as Another
@ National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Rafael Goldchain: Self Portrait

Rafael Goldchain: I Am My Family

“Since photography’s beginnings, artists have used their own body and self-image as subject matter, some turning it into the very basis of their practice. Photography has always been intertwined with the human propensity to look at others; the latter’s voyeurism taking over only where the photographer’s gaze leaves off. This exhibition, drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, presents works by acclaimed Canadian and international artists who explore the space between their own selves and that of another, expanding identity into the realm of role-playing through photographic self-portraiture.

Included in the Exhibit: Bill Burke, Sophie Calle, General Idea, Rafael Goldchain, Rodney Graham, Yasumasa Morimura, Shelley Niro, and Cindy Sherman

Curated by Bonnie Rubenstein and Jonathan Shaughnessy. Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada. Presented in conjunction with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.”

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Beautifully Broken

@ The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre: Gallery at The J

Rafael Goldchain: Beautifully Broken

Rafael Goldchain: Beautifully Broken

“In his previous body of work, I Am My Family, Rafael Goldchain set the camera upon himself to build a family history: aunts, uncles and distant cousins are imagined and constructed in his likeness. Costume, performance and ultimately, self-portraiture guided Rafael toward his familial past. So when his study continued inward, he searched for a reflection in his environment, choosing natural and man-made elements as metaphors for the self. Images of crumbling and cracked columns; and trees, knotted and grown into their surroundings evince the body of a person who has already filed many memories. The mood is somber yet there is an underlying strength and optimism in these images: The columns have tirelessly born the weight of their load – The trees, traditional symbols of age and wisdom grow ever stronger. The photographs comprising Beautifully Broken are far from hopeless: They express the elegant balance between vulnerability and resilience”

– Natalie MacNamara, O’born Contemporary Gallery, 2011

For more information: visit Jewish Community Centre site.

You can also catch Beautifully Broken the documentary on TVO May 25, 2014 at 11:00pm. The film explores how photography is only one layer that exposes Rafael Goldchain’s creative life.

To learn more about Sheridan’s Bachelor of Photography program, click here.

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