Rena Balmain - Matthews: I've learnt how to hold you Exhibition

Event Date: Open Daily from Jan. 2nd until Feb. 10th, 2019
Check our Full Event Calendar for specific dates and times.

Event Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Host: Gallery Stratford

Contact: 519-271-5271


Rena Balmain - Matthews:  I've learnt how to hold you Exhibition

"In Rena Balmain-Mattews' series, I've Learnt How To Hold You, the artist's hand becomes a supporting character and a shape-shifter through which her felt range of initimacy is explored. Tender in their body, this collection of portraits layered on tintypes is hazy and inarticulate, as if to grapple with their greyness. But there is also vivid illumination in the crease of friendship, resulting in how these images savour moments of profound understanding, and divulge the shape of oneself in relationship to another. This striking culmination of the artist's exploration of selfhood through photography works to deconstruct how relationships are developed, maintained and stored, and bends around the people she has grown with and been held by. 

In holding the full spectrum of her practice, Balmain-Matthews captures what it feels liketo articulate, and participatein these stunning moments shared with friends. I've Learnt How To Hold You is a collection of embodied feelings, inviting us to soften into the shapes we carry." 

-Emily Blatta

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Cost: Free Admission

Location: Gallery Stratford, Stratford, 54 Romeo Street South, Stratford


View Host's Info Back to Events

“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”

- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler

Savour Stratford Culinary Guide

Shop Stratford