June 18-30, 2022
350 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Countenance is an on-going series exploring the human face. A face expresses emotion, or predicament. We can recognize a face by the overall shape, or the gestures that accompany it. Even if we were to squint our eyes, thus blurring what we see, we can make out traces of the persona, the potential of a “self”.
Virginia Mak is a prominent Toronto-based photographer who is well known for her luminous images of lone figures. Her work is characterized by its soft focus and minimized light values, which disrupt the boundary between painting and photography and push the medium beyond traditional limits.
Mak was born in Hong Kong. After graduating with a Philosophy Degree from the University of Calgary, she went on to study Photography at the Ontario College of Art. Mak has exhibited her work internationally. She is a recipient of project, exhibition and travel grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been written about in the Calgary Herald, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail; and featured in magazines such as Prefix and PhotoLife. Mak's photographs can be found in the Canada Council Art Bank and the Toronto Archives, among other public and private collections throughout North America and Hong Kong.