The Karsh Award 2014 awarded to Chantal Gervais

Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Karsh Award 2014 awarded to Chantal Gervais

Exhibition: September 12 to October 19, 2014


The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that the 2014 Karsh Award will be presented to Chantal Gervais, Professor of photography and media arts at the Depatment of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa. Please join us for the exhibition.


Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m.
Presented in English with bilingual Q & A. All welcome. Free admission.

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West


The Karsh Award honours the artistic legacy of Yousuf and Malak Karsh. It is presented every two years to an Ottawa artist for outstanding work in a photo-based medium.

The 2014 Karsh Award jury salutes the excellence of Chantal Gervais’ photographic work. She is a model of consistency, research and innovation. For two decades, she has focussed on the frailty of the human body. Her esthetic choices have sublime aspects that arouse paradoxical feelings of attraction and repulsion in the viewer.

-Jury members: Raymond Aubin, Rosalie Favell and Jonathan Shaughnessy


Chantal Gervais’ photo and video works deal with representation, identity, the human condition, and the relationship between the body and technology. She has exhibited across Canada, including solo exhibitions at Harcourt House Gallery (Edmonton); Galerie Séquence (Chicoutimi, Quebec); McClure Gallery (Montreal); Vidéographe (Montreal); Art-Image (Gatineau, Québec); Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa); and Gallery 101 (Ottawa). She has been a board member at Daïmôn and other local artist-run centres; and has given many public presentations about her work at institutions including the National Gallery of Canada. Gervais has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA), the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa, and in 2002 was awarded the CCA’s Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography. She received a BFA in photography from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Art and Media Practice from the University of Westminster (London, England). Gervais currently teaches at the University of Ottawa and Ottawa School of Art.

Chantal Gervais would like to acknowledge:

The financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

The financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

The financial support of the City of Ottawa.

The production support of Centre de production Daïmôn in Gatineau, Quebec.


Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West   613-580-2424 (14167)   TTY 613-580-2401

Open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The gallery will remain open on Thanksgiving Day.

Free admission. Wheelchair accessible.


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