EXHIBITION: Of Other Faces

September 18, 2014 - October 25, 2014

Featuring works by Andrea Cohen, Wiska Radkiewicz, Victoria Fu, Marta Ryczko, andManuel Saiz
Curated by Shani K Parsons

Of other faces is a group exhibition featuring five artists whose works employ strategies of mirroring and doubling to investigate the paradoxical nature of our dualistic world. Through the representation or evocation of reflections, echoes, or iterations, the photographs, sounds, and videos of Andrea Cohen and Wiska Radkiewicz (Paris, New York), Victoria Fu (Los Angeles), Marta Ryczko (Toronto), and Manuel Saiz (Berlin) interrogate, express, or reveal hidden contradictions within contemporary social systems as they relate to dualities of self and Other.

Whether the Other is cast variously as the embodiment of nature, the irretrievable past, the imperfect, or the unknown, the works within the exhibition represent our uniquely human attempts to integrate with that uncanny object of our deepest fear and desire, the unknowable within ourselves. Of Other Faces is the first exhibition of work by international artists Victoria Fu and Manuel Saiz in Canada.

Exhibition-related events will include an artist talk and screening by Manuel Saiz, kid-friendly collage workshop by Marta Ryczko, and collaborative sound art intensive by Andrea Cohen and Wiska Radkiewicz. See below for event dates and more information.

Programs, Events, and Public Art

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
7–9 pm: Opening the same night will be Koffler Gallery’s fall exhibition, Pardes, featuring four Israeli sound and multimedia artists — enjoy double the art at Youngplace this evening.

About the Artists / Artworks

Multidisciplinary artists Andrea Cohen and Wiska Radkiewicz are co-directors of the SoundSon Project, an experimental web-based approach to audio sharing and collaborative composition. Their sound work, A deux voix, moments, investigates themes of memory through a seamless evocation of timelessness born of an entirely virtual process of making.

Victoria Fu is an artist and educator whose works have been exhibited internationally, most recently at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Her elegiac video, Self-Portrait in Sweden, harnesses film’s moving image to present the viewer with a cinematic impossibility.

Marta Ryczko is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. Her paired photo series, titled Alien/Recognition, features transformed figures that elicit a potent mix of fascination and repulsion as archetypal expressions of humanity’s fear and desire for the Other.

Spanish artist, curator and writer Manuel Saiz has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery and ICA in London. His two-channel video installation, Parallel Universes Meet at Infinity, interrogates fraught relationships between nature and contemporary humankind even as it offers viewers a chance at communion.


Of Other Faces: Exhibition Catalogue


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) was founded in 2013 under our former name, TYPOLOGY. Established as a not-for-profit space devoted to curatorial and artistic experimentation, we devoted our first three years to providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. In 2016, we relaunched under our new name (CDCC) with a new Board of Directors and a commitment to meet the need, voiced by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that both supports emerging and underrepresented curators, and advances curatorial practice and inquiry. Of Other Faces took place in CDCC’s exhibition space in 2014 under our former name, TYPOLOGY, and was curated by CDCC’s Founding Director, Shani K Parsons. TYPOLOGY Projects was originally located at 180 Shaw Street, No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto.

Thank you to our partners for their curatorial and community support



Image: Victoria Fu, Self-Portrait in Sweden (still), 2005, Super 8mm film transferred to video

About the Curator(s)

Shani K Parsons

Since the mid-90s, Shani K Parsons has pursued a multidisciplinary practice focused on exhibition-making — initially through the lenses of architecture, urban planning and public arts administration, then installation, graphic, and environmental design, and most recently through research, writing, curation, and collaboration. She is the Founding Director of Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC).

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About the Artists

Andrea Cohen

Paris-based sound artist and radio author/producer Andrea Cohen was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was classically trained at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Musique in Paris. In 2005 she received a doctorate at the University Paris-Sorbonne for her thesis, Composers and Radio Art.

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Wiska Radkiewicz

Wiska Radkiewicz received her doctorate in music composition from Princeton University and is an electroacoustic composer and sound artist with a focus on pedagogical studies, audio-visual composition and creative writing.

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Victoria Fu

Victoria Fu is a visual artist who received her MFA from CalArts, MA in Art History/Museum Studies from University of Southern California, and BA from Stanford University. She attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and was in residence at Skowhegan. Fu has received grants from Art Matters and the Harpo Foundation, and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.

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Manuel Saiz

Spanish artist Manuel Saiz has pursued a multidimensional practice since the 1980s, working initially in painting, sculpture, and photography before focusing on video and media installations from the mid-90s on. The unifying thread in his diverse oeuvre is its conceptual and experimental nature, through which the artist pursues a critical interest in language and perception.

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Marta Ryczko

Marta Ryczko is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer living and working in Toronto. Ryczko graduated from OCAD University in 2012 where she studied Design and Illustration, and has exhibited work in shows at 1313 Gallery (2013), Cooper Cole Gallery (2012), and Hotshot Gallery (2010) in Toronto, and Spins and Needles in Ottawa (2014), among others.

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