Artist: Anne O'Callaghan   Exhibition year: 2012

My practice incorporates a wide range of media, including installation works, sculptures, photography, and text. Since the 1990s, my work could be characterized by its focus on installations. For me, installations should work like a catalyst: a reservoir of possible meanings that can unravel many discursive journeys. Unlike Marvan and Zits, my work is devoid of all reference to the body. In fact it is this absence that is most telling. The video component of "who are we" will afford me the opportunity to incorporate for the first time in many years the body into my work, in some ways moving from the abstract to the particular. My recent body of work,'then we were tourists' an over all title for a series of works that deals with 'security' (who's security!). I am interested in, how we as artists can effectively communicates our political concerns, by exploring the human condition through thoughtful and critical expression Just as meridians trace connections, so too will "who are we" blur the boundary between the personal and the broader society by exploring performance art and video as techniques to subvert the tendencies towards isolationism and reductionism.

As well as a practicing artist O'Callaghan has an active curatorial practice. She is the co-curator and a founding member of The Tree Museum, Gravenhurst, Ontario, and a founding member of 'the intersperse curatorial collective'. Her practice extends from photo-based work to site-specific sculpture. Selected site-specific installations include, The Tree Museum (1998-99); The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Ontario (Public Art Project 2001-2003); An Artist Garden, Visual Arts, York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario. (2003 to present); Fifthtown. Prince Edward County, Ontario, and Kiwi Gardens, Perth, Ontario. (2008). Selected exhibitions include: Redhead Gallery, Toronto (2004, 2006); The Visual Arts Centre of to present Clarington (2002, 2004, 2007); Oeno Gallery (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 ); Visual Arts York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront Centre Toronto (2002, 2007). Born in Ireland, O'Callaghan lives and works in Toronto, Ontario and is represented by Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario. "My recent body of work, 'then we were tourists' an over all title for a series of works that deals with 'security' (who's security!). I am interested in, how we as artists can effectively communicates our political concerns, by exploring the human condition through thoughtful and critical expression.