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Artist tours: Vivian Törs – Permission to Speak

Presented by:

Karsh-Masson Gallery

The exhibition continues until November 1, inclusively.

Two visceral discoveries lie at the heart of Vivian Törs’ exhibition, Permission to Speak. The first was a small cache of letters, written in Hungarian and found after the death of Édi, a 96-year-old family friend. The second was a stash of expired photographic paper, perfect for the lumen technique. This involves laying objects on silver gelatin paper and exposing them to sunlight to create a negative image where the light source can seem to emanate from within. The artist immediately connected the two discoveries, recognizing that they represented the elusive form she had been seeking. Marrying the letters and the lumen gave her the liberty to deepen personal history in a nonliteral way.

- Exhibition booklet excerpt by Nancy Beale

Biography

Vivian Törs is a photo-based artist born in Montreal to Hungarian refugee parents. She learned the value and fragility of freedom from an early age. The responsibility of remembering and acknowledging the lessons of the past deeply informs her work.

Vivian completed the Photographic Arts and Production diploma at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO), and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Art History at Carleton University. Her work has been exhibited in Ontario, Québec and New Brunswick, and she has been awarded grants from the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Vivian Törs gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council.

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Karsh-Masson Gallery

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Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1