NAMARA was engaged to curate an exhibition for submission to Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Photographic artworks were to integrate into the greenhouse at Toronto’s historic conservatory, Allan Gardens. We worked closely with the artist on image selection to craft a narrative that highlighted contrasting elements between the subject and setting.

Jason van Bruggen, Ice In The Palm House, exhibition documentation

Jason secured an exceptional exhibition venue, The Allan Gardens Conservatory. The lush, warm palm house was a perfect counterpoint for the images, depicting northern communities. However, the humidity presented some challenges. Working with fine art printers, Toronto Image Works, we developed a production strategy that would protect the photographs from the water inherent to the space.

Jason van Bruggen
Project Scope:
Development of an exhibition and its submission to Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.
Excerpt from artist’s statement:
Based on a series of intrepid journeys north of the Arctic Circle, van Bruggen’s images capture the vulnerability of the ecosystems and the people who live within them, illuminating a tension between the strength and fragility of a region where scarcity fosters incredible ingenuity, resilience, hospitality, and warmth.
Allan Gardens, Toronto, Canada
Jason van Bruggen, Ice In The Palm Housem, exhibition documentation