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Aberrations

Neil Newton, Broken Window, silver bromide print on fibre-based paper, 1971. Collection of The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Photographs from the Permanent Collection

September 05, 2020 - April 18, 2021

Curated by Leila Timmins

Aberrations is the first major exhibition at the RMG dedicated to the wonderful range of photo-based work in the collection. Like many public galleries our size, our photo collections have not been given the same attention as other media, and the collecting histories have been relatively short.  This exhibition explores our rich holdings through four frameworks: strange secrecy, trick mirror, shifting ground, and ordering the world. These propositions act as guideposts to view the works in new ways, inviting new connections and ways of understanding.  The selected photographs represent vastly different time periods and locations, as well as wide ranges of scale, colour, and material.

With the prevalence of photography in everyday life, photographs have a unique ability to shape the way we see and understand the world. The term aberration means something different from the norm. We invite you to lean in to these differences, relish in the juxtapositions, and bring fresh eyes to these incredible works.