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VALKYRIE, and the five stages

OPENING: Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 6-8 PM

A Valkyrie was, in Norse mythology, one of a group of warrior-type female figures who had the power to choose who would die or live in battle. Known as the “choosers of the slain”, only valkyries could control death.

In “Valkyrie and the Five Stages” the theme of death disconnects from the emotional and is explored from a scientific, clinical perspective. Fashion becomes the conduit to visually demonstrate 5 of its stages, which occur after the soul leaves the body.


Lucia Mugica is a photo based artist residing in Ottawa, Canada. Her work is taken on medium and large format. She uses photography to expose personal and human experiences. Her work conveys sensuality and intimacy, on one hand, and struggle and defiance, on the other. She is a graduate of the School of the Photographic Arts, Ottawa and her work has been exhibited at SPAO and the the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (2017) in Toronto.


On-view until Monday, July 24, 2018


Curated by: Neeko Paluzzi

In this curated group exhibition, eight artists were selected to show images that emphasize concept over aesthetic. As curator Neeko Paluzzi put it, "I wasn't looking for beauty. I wasn't looking for documents. I was looking for ideas taking the form of images."

When the call for submissions was placed earlier this year, Exposure Gallery reviewed nearly one hundred images. There was some debate about the direction of the show: abstract or conceptual.

According to the TATE museum, the word abstract "means to separate or withdraw something from something else. The term can be applied to art that is based an object, figure or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised. It is also applied to art that uses forms, such as geometric shapes or gestural marks, which have no source at all in an external visual reality."

Whereas conceptual art, the TATE museum explains that "the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair."

CONCEPTS is the most innovative show at Exposure Gallery to date, exploring the photographic landscape between abstract and conceptual art. We hope that you will come and experience the images during the opening on April 11 from 6-8pm and throughout the exhibition.