October 05, 2019 - April 28, 2020
Core 21 Window + Online Exhibition
Photographer Colin Medley grew up in Oshawa. Over the past three years, Medley has returned to his hometown to document the suspended urban landscapes and changing industrial areas of Oshawa. This exhibition includes a large-scale photo mural at Core 21 in downtown Oshawa as well as an online exhibition, featuring 16 images from Medley’s Oshawa series.
“I spent the first 20 years of my life in Oshawa. I am now 32 years old and I take photos of musicians for a living, a practice I developed at long-shuttered downtown venues like The Dungeon and The Velvet Elvis. In 2016, I was commissioned by a magazine to photograph the suspended urban landscapes of my hometown. What started as a look into Oshawa’s loss of industry through the city’s form turned into a journey directed by my childhood memories. Here I present sixteen photographs from 2016-2019 that find me revisiting specific locations from my past.”
Colin Medley is a director and photographer. He has made several short documentaries about underground musicians and subcultures and over 40 music videos. His portraits of musicians have graced album covers and appeared in publications in North America and Europe.