Postcards India

Postcards: India
April 27 - May 31, 2018
Opening Reception: May 5, 2:00pm-4:00pm

As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, artist Linda Ward Selbie presents her new exhibit, Postcards: India.

India is a country that still celebrates national events with philatelic commemorative stamps and that uses paper technology for communication. Postcards and handwritten letters, paper ephemera, remain treasured memento mori. This work is rooted in feminist commentary and reflects our ties to the greater world, old and new, ancestors and traditions.

About the artist:
Linda Ward Selbie was born in Toronto in 1949. The artist is a Media Studies graduate from Ryerson University. Over the course of a long professional career in the arts Linda has exhibited at many regional Ontario Galleries and continues to participate in global mail art projects. The artist established the Magic Image gallery in Pickering in 1981 and has also worked as Curator of the Thomas Bouckley Photographic Collection at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.


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