The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Access: Dominic Nahr at O'Born Contemporary
Access: Dominic Nahr at O'Born Contemporary
October 10th, 2012 7:00pm - October 10th, 2012 9:00pm
Join the Ministry at O'Born Contemporary for a special exhibition preview of new documentary images of South Sudan by acclaimed photojournalist, Dominic Nahr.

Dominic Nahr's intense and often disturbing photographs aim to document and disseminate events and actions that must not be continued nor forgotten. Unflinching and relentless, his narratives capture natural catastrophes, civil unrest, and crimes inflicted in some of the most difficult places on Earth right now.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Nahr worked as a photojournalist with the South China Morning Post before relocating to Toronto in order to attend Ryerson University. His work has since been honoured by several prestigious international institutions. In 2010 he was elected as a nominee by Magnum Photos, the most celebrated agency of documentary photographers in the world. He currently works as a contract photographer for Time Magazine.

Shortly after the mega earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, Nahr documented the awful toll the dual disasters had on the people of Japan. Based in Nairobi since 2009, Nahr is spending this year shooting in Sub-Saharan Africa. From Gabon's west coast to Congo to Somalia in the east, the Sub-Saharan area is one of perpetual motion; people walking, shifting, and adapting to old spaces and new ideas. Nahr's images of the people and places of contemporary Africa offer a multiplicity of stories both personal and political, illustrating the scope of the continent not tied to a single country or time. Nahr is a contract photographer for TIME magazine and is represented in Toronto by O'Born Contemporary. A series of images from his ongoing work in South Sudan will be exhibited at the gallery in the fall of 2012.

The Ministry is pleased to invite members to an exclusive exhibition preview the day before the show opens to the public at O'Born Contemporary. Nahr will be in attendance and will discuss his work, the incredible challenges he faces as a photojournalist, the role of photojournalism in a fine art gallery, and his knowledgeable perspective on the political calamities currently taking place around the world. A question and answer period will follow a presentation and discussion of the photographs in the exhibition.

O'Born Contemporary
131 Ossington Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z6
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