Sarah Mangialardo

Resides
Toronto, ON
Born
1981
Website

Sarah Mangialardo completed her Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2010, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ryerson University in 2005. Throughout her career as a visual artist, Mangialardo has had the privilege of exhibiting both in Canada and the United States, as well as being featured in international publications, including the Magenta Foundation’s seminal overview of contemporary Canadian photographers, Carte Blanche, and the United Kingdom’s photography based art magazine, Next Level. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Drawing heavily upon traditions of myth, metaphor and allegory, my artistic practice is rooted in the use of narrative to explore personal, psychological, philosophical and political sites of subjective crisis. Focusing on issues surrounding trauma, memory, sexuality, power, morality and faith, my images engage with the silent constructs and disordered undercurrents of our corporeal existence.

Narrative has always been a large part of my practice. Nigerian poet and novelist Ben Okri once said, “The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.” It is within this understanding of storytelling that I situate my work. Exploiting photography for its historical placement within the West as a tool for uncovering truth, I use narrative within my photographs as a bridge between the real and imagined.

The figure of the child within my work has multiple meanings and associations. In the Western world, representations of the child conjure a vast and varied accumulation of both personal and cultural myths. In fact, there are few archetypes in this world that contain so many differing metaphorical attributes and ingrained meanings. For me, the child represents humanity’s innate capacity for antinomy and paradoxical phenomenon. The child is at once the self and the Other, formable and formative, hopeful and hopeless, future and past, corporal and concept.  In other words, the image of the child is like a container that can be filled and emptied of meanings. It is as malleable and adaptive as the human imagination.

Education

2010
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Concordia University, Studio Art - Photography.

2005
Bachelor of Fine Art (B.F.A.), Ryerson University, Photography.

Solo Exhibitions

2010
Cipher, Les Territoires, Montreal, Quebec.

2007
By Cowardice or Courage, CONTACT Photography Festival, Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

Group Exhibitions

2010
In Retrospect: Ryerson Gallery Seen Through The David Oliver Collection, I.M.A. Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers 2009, Griffin Photography Museum, Boston, MA.

2009 
Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers 2009, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario.
Art to Go, VAV Gallery, Montreal, Quebec.
Time Off, Concordia University MFA Exhibition, Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec.
SNAP!09 Surfacing, National Ballet School, Toronto, Ontario (with opening reception and VIP preview at Edward Day Gallery February 26, 2009).

2008
STRATA, Concordia University MFA Group Exhibition, Espace Artefacto, Montreal, Quebec.
Toronto Timeraiser; an exhibition and silent auction to raise volunteer hours for non-profit organizations, The Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario.

2006
Toronto Timeraiser; an exhibition and silent auction to raise volunteer hours for non-profit organizations, Barbara Frum Atrium, CBC Building, Toronto, Ontario.
SNAP!09 Surfacing, National Ballet School, Toronto, Ontario (with opening reception at Spin Gallery on March 9).

2005
Art in the Halls, for Artsweek, 401 Richmond, Toronto, Ontario.
Maximum Exposure, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
Flash Forward: Emerging Artists from Toronto and New York, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto.
Flash Forward: Emerging Artists from Toronto and New York, Redux Gallery, New York, New York.
Portfolio Seven, Image Arts Gallery, Toronto.

2004
Harlem River Drive, El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario.
Maximum Exposure, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.
3rd Year Show, Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.

Publications

2009
enRoute Magazine, October 2009.
Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers from Canada, United States, and UK, Magenta Foundation.
Next Level (UK), Issue 18, Montreal Issue, cover image.
Génération d’idées, Vol 1 N°4, Guerre et Paix.
Time Off, exhibition catalogue.
SNAP!09 Surfacing, exhibition catalogue.

2008
Flash Forward: Emerging Photographers from Canada, United States, and UK, Magenta Foundation.
Strata, Concordia University MFA Group Exhibition 2008, exhibition catalogue.

2006
Carte Blanche, a compendium of Canadian photographers published by Magenta Foundation.
This Is Ryerson 2006 Admissions Handbook.

2005
Function Magazine.
The Toronto Star, April 26, 2005.
Art Post.
Flash Forward.

Collections

Next Level, United Kingdom.

Special Projects

2010
A joint project with the National Gallery of Canada and CHIN (Canadian Heritage Information Network). An online exhibition of photographic work inspired by one of the National Gallery’s holdings.
Canadian Opera Company, image licensed for 2009 - 2010 opera season.

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