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Nostalgia for the Present: A Collection of Snapshot Media


Nostalgia for the Present is a multimedia exhibition about the compulsion to record the everyday. In an age where social media is a daily occurrence, we become aware of the present as a potential document to be consumed by others. We begin to live life with a constant awareness of how it will be perceived as having already happen, seeing each moment as a potential photograph.

Using point-and-shoot, Polaroid and cellphone cameras, the 54 participating artists create impulsive, intuitive and often gritty impressions of the world around them. Creating fragmented, broken narratives, each of the works reflect a fleeting moment of the artist’s life. Each artist has confidence and arrogance in the lucky accident, grasping at singular frames from the infinite cinema of their existence. Some landscape, still life, and mostly portraiture, the snapshot genre blurs the line between artistic creation and personal archive.

Through an open submission process, over 150 snapshot works were selected from around the globe. Ranging from professional, gallery-represented artists to hobbyist who have never exhibited before, Nostalgia for the Present catalogues a movement in contemporary photography and image-based art.

Curated by Laid Bare: Curations and Other Concerns and held at Forgetus Collective, Nostalgia for the Presence is a joint venture between two young, Toronto-based fine art upstarts. Laid Bare is Andrea Leigh Pelletier and Kelsey Stasiak, artists and art-lovers committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive art community. Similar to a gallery but without the physical space, Laid Bare keeps busy by organizing site-specific exhibitions, publishing zines, and planning other artistic events. As the first undergoing by Laid Bare, Nostalgia for the Present fulfills our mandate to promote emerging and under-represented artists, while making art affordable and accessible to the public.

February 2nd – 11th , 2012

Opening: February 2nd, 7-11pm                                                      

Closing discussion: February 11th, 3pm

Curated by Laid Bare: Curations and Other Concerns

Showing at Forgetus Collective, 163 Sterling Rd. Unit 29, Toronto

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12pm – 5pm


List of artists:

Alexander Alekseenko, Pauline Beaudemont, Kyle Brohman, Timothy Burkhart, Michael Raymond Clarke, Kira Crugnale, Nathan Cyprys, Erich Deleeuw, Lisa Folkerson, Ben Freedman, Aaron Friend Lettner, Amy George, Hudson Hayden, Eriver Hijano, Abby Hutchison, Vid Ingelevics, Chelsee Ivan, Andrew Jarman, Joachim Johnson, Michael Juneau, Dimitri Karakostas, Santa Katkute, Gavin Keen, Nicole Kim, Brendan George Ko, Sasha Kurmaz, Lindsay Lauckner, Drew Lint, Elena Malkova, Fraser Mccallum , Joshua Macdonald, Andrew McGill, Ania Mokrzycka, Andrew B. Myers, Ryan Nangreaves, Katie Newman, Mark Peckmezian, Andrea Leigh Pelletier, Deanna Pizzitelli, Claudia Puchiele, Marishka Radwanski, Anne Rawn,  Van Robinson,  Andy Schmidt, Kelsey Stasiak,  Kyle Tait, Matthew Tammaro, Michelle Louise Wilson, Kavin Wong,  Aaron Wynia, Aabid Youssef and Carina Yu.



All of us In the Greenroom want to send a welcome to our three lovely new writers, Ryan Quinn, Spencer Robson and Jeremy Beal! We are really looking forward to the pieces they have to offer us. Seriously, these guys are awesome writers. Stay tuned for more articles, reviews, videos and more! New bios coming soon.

Welcome into the Green Room

green·room [green-room, -room] – the green room is that space in a theatre or studio which accommodates performers not yet required on stage. The green room functions as a waiting room, or as a touch-up lounge so that a performer may be immediately available for a call to the stage. 

I haven’t always been the creative type. Becoming an actor was a big shock to my parents, friends and was even a pretty big shock to myself. But the ‘actor lifestyle’ has always seemed attractive to me. No, it’s not the bohemian, starving artist, “How we gonna pay this year’s rent” way of living that roped me in but it was the sense of community and family and belonging that really convinced me to take my life in this particular direction. I’ve always aimed to create a community that is intimate, supportive and artistic amongst my peers but those things are hard to find when you grow up in a suburb lacking in creative outlets. It’s really not until now, at this point in my life that I’ve found a fantastic group of artists of all mediums who are willing to challenge each other in a healthy, loving way. I’ve certainly been blessed in many ways in this past year. I’ve been surrounded by a very creative group of people, I’ve had a fairly steady flow of work and I’ve moved to the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant, vivacious cities in which I’m constantly surprised and inspired.

Yet as an emerging artist, of course there are definite struggles and slow periods. There have been times when I’ve had to balance three or four ‘joe jobs’, while tired and financially unstable, itching to be on a stage. In these past few months I’ve grown impatient, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been waiting for my phone to buzz with an offer on the other end that I just can’t refuse. But that’s not the way the world works, is it?

So why wait? If I can’t be on stage just yet, well then I can wait in the Green Room. You see, Toronto has been my Green Room this past year. When I’m not on stage I can still remain active inside the community and be stimulated by a variety of art forms. I can meet actors, painters, photographers, film makers, dancers and I can utilize their talents to teach me a few things. That is why I, along with Hallie and other members of our team, have collaborated to make this space for all artists. We want to intersect with those who are eager to create but just can’t find their way to the spotlight yet.  Let this space inspire you, challenge you, teach you and greet you. We are embracing Toronto with open minds and warm spirits and we’re letting the city educate us. Toronto is our Green Room. Everything we learn in and about this city, we’re going to share it here with you first.  So don’t be a stranger. Think of us as your company members, just hanging out, waiting with you to be called onto stage.

So welcome. I hope you like it here.

Warmest regards,

Erin Reznick