Author: Charlène Hanania

The Strand reviews the Trinity Art Show

This year’s Trinity Art Show was organised by Elisa Natarelli and Eleanor Laffling, showcasing the ever-popular theme of minimalism. The co-curators displayed art through different media:  photography, sculpture, even cards. The exhibition took place at Trinity, in Seely Hall. The Strand had the opportunity to interview one of the curators, Elisa Natarelli, who provided insight on the goals and challenges of the show. Natarelli described her experience as positive and almost challenge-free: “We are lucky that there are so many incredibly talented artists on campus who are willing to work with us, so finding the artists never posed a challenge. The community has responded so well to us since day one, and we have always had support in the creation of this show. However, the campus art scene is still growing, and our biggest challenge is giving a voice as well as bringing justice to student artists and showing our U of T community the incredible work that their peers create.” The curators also mentioned that their partnership stemmed from their previous experience at last year’s show: “Prior to the 2016 Trinity Art Show, neither of us had curated an art show before. Eleanor brought me on as her Assistant Curator last year, and we worked so well together that we teamed up again this year as Co-Curators to make the show even bigger and better.” Appealing to the wide...

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ROM Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, is one the most prestigious awards in photography. Founded and organized by the Natural History Museum in London, the 2016 open competition attracted almost 50,000 submissions for the competition. For the fourth time, finalists and winners from each category of the competition have been publicly exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The competition’s mission, led by the British museum, is to change the public’s perspective on the environment and raise awareness of sustainability and biodiversity. The exhibition is astonishing, offering a wide range of focuses and angles on the environment and...

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Review: Una

Una is an adaption of the play Blackbird, written by David Horrower. Two major challenges were faced by director Benedict Andrews when creating the movie: transforming a theater play into a movie without losing its character, and dealing sensibly with the topic of sexual abuse. Andrews’ directing made it feasible for the audience to understand the complexity of the characters and built the essence of the movie with his style. Una is the story of a young woman reaching out to the men who abused her as a teenager. Andrews presents the storyline through flashbacks, which made the audience slowly grasp the nature of their relationship. Una comes to Ray’s office having not seen him for fifteen years, he goes through a moment of shock when he sees her and doesn’t accept her sudden return in his life. While mentally balancing their past and present, Una’s purpose for seeing Ray becomes unclear. We understand the relationship was more of a love affair than sexual abuse.   Indeed, as she lets love appear in her discourse, we can see that she is trying to figure out if he is still attracted by her. To support this confusion, Benedict Andrew moves from past to present with long shots that slowly transform the movie into a melancholy. He fixes the camera on her as a thirteen year-old that developed a sense of sensuality with...

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