Image: PH15, Buenos Aires, Argentina

An online photographic pen-pal project commissioned by
Toronto 2015 Panamania

Take part in the 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games!

Deadline: September 5, 2014

In celebration of the TORONTO 2015 PanAm/Parapan Am Games, Gallery 44 is inviting Toronto-based artists to participate in a six-month, online interactive exchange with artists in Buenos Aires. Artists from Toronto and Buenos Aires will create photo-based projects exploring connections between and within different locations that are oceans apart. The new works created will be exhibited at:
  • Gallery 44 in Toronto (July 10 - 25, 2015)
  • A community centre in Buenos Aires (location & dates to be determined)
  • Public locations throughout the GTA during the PanAm/Parapan Am Games (July - August 2015)
Through this project, artists will work together to create images that explore local culture/s in the age of globalism. This project encourages artists to consider the following questions:
  • How does the reality of the global era impact our daily lives locally?
  • In a time marked by rapid communication, how can we effectively know and connect to other parts of the world?
  • What does it mean to belong to a place or many places?
  • What is the legacy we wish to share with future generations?
The international partners will participate in online group discussions, video conferencing sessions, and independent online communication using a web-platform and other public social networking tools. Online communication will be at the core of the process.

NS is a collaborative and multi-platform project with partners Gallery 44 (Toronto), PH15 (Buenos Aires) and OCADU (Toronto). NS is funded by the Toronto 2015 Panamania Commission Fund, and other sponsors.

Toronto–based youth and artists with an interest in international collaboration, cross cultural exchange, and photography as a tool of social activism and community engagement.
  • Artists of all ages, and at all stages of their careers with an interest in participating in an international project. We highly encourage applications from artists with previous experience in collaborative art making.
  • Youth (18-26) at the early stages of their artistic exploration with some experience in photography and an interest in international exchange.

Please apply online at

  • 10-12 images of recent and relevant work. If you have participated in collaborative art projects previously, we recommend that you include this in your support material. Images must be submitted as jpgs. Max. 2 MB per image.
  • Image list and description (title, medium, dimensions in inches, year, and brief description of work) in PDF or DOC format.
  • A statement of intent including your interest in international collaboration, socially engaged art practices, photography as a tool for social change, advocacy and/or communication. Please describe your art practice OR include a statement outlining your interest in the project, in photography, and in international collaboration. (500 words maximum)
  • A curriculum vitae, resume, biography, or list of relevant experiences, in PDF or DOC format.
If you have any questions about the project or this call, please email

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.

Ph15 is a non-profit organization, which aims to use photography to develop expressive, communicative, and technical skills in children and youth who live in vulnerable situations with the intent to stimulate social integration and the socialization of the artistic experience.

ABOUT OCAD University
OCAD University (Ontario College of Art & Design), located in Canada’s largest urban centre, offers a full complement of Art and Design programs, as well as focused Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, leading to BFA, BDES and BA degrees. Cross-disciplinary practices are key to OCADU’s environment and the International Collaboration Studio, initiated in the Photography program in 2010, embodies this philosophy, attracting students interested in international and collaborative experiences, in cultural exchange and online communication. The local and global are inextricably linked in today’s world and with OCADU’s commitment to exploring digital culture and its relationship to contemporary art, the Faculty of Art hopes to create direct experiences for students and forge ongoing networks of creative individuals.

North-Sur Norte-South is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC. North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.