Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
Larry Towell: Selections from the AGW Collection
January 24, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Larry Towell, The Mennonites Series 1992-1998 (Peters Child Asleep on Cucumber Machine, Lambton County, Ontario, Canada), 1996, gelatin silver print, 41.0 cm x 49.0 cm, Gift of the artist, 2002
“If there’s one theme that connects all my work, I think it’s that of land-lessness; how land makes people into who they are and what happens to them when they lose it and thus lose their identities.” – Larry Towell
While images of war, violence, misery and loss flood our televisions and computer screens, Larry Towell’s black-and-white photographs of everyday people caught in extraordinary circumstances invite viewers to pause and look deeply. The photographs in this exhibition span three decades and move from Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador to Palestine. What ties these images together are his subjects – survivors of the traumas of their disappeared children and family members – as they carry on with their daily lives. His contemplative images convey the resilience of humanity and the brutality of human folly.
Larry Towell is the first Canadian photographer to be associated with Magnum, the prestigious agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa in 1947. After completing a visual arts degree at York University in Toronto in 1976, Towell volunteered in Calcutta where he began his photography. In 1984, he became a freelance photographer and writer, and has received considerable recognition, including the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, World Press Photo of the Year, the Hasselblad Award, Alfred Eisenstadt Award, Oskar Barnack Award, and the first Roloff Beny Book Award for his 1997 monograph El Salvador.