Fracture: South Sudan’s Independence

Photograph: © O’Born Contemporary, Dominic Nahr’s Fracture, 2012
[T]welve images of brutality and war hang on the white walls of the O’Born Contemporary gallery in Parkdale, featuring Dominic Nahr’s sixth solo exhibition. “Fracture: South Sudan’s independence”, was open for its second viewing today, and it will continue to accept visitors well into the first week of November.

Nahr has an intimidating list of experience that has led him to this exhibit. He began his career as a photographer for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Upon moving to Toronto, he worked as a freelance photographer for GQ, Newsweek and The Fader while earning his undergraduate degree in Image Arts from Ryerson University in 2008. Nahr has since established himself as a prestigious photojournalist for Time magazine and Magnum photos, since July 2010.

He is currently based out of Nairobi, Kenya.

Nahr’s current art exhibition features a war-torn South Sudan during its transition into becoming an independent state. The exhibition is a representation of the style that he prefers to work with in photography. “Nahr works with a strong and unwavering gaze that is intent on narrating a certain and unflinching narrative about civil unrest and the crimes inflicted in the pursuit of protecting physical and psychological borders,” reads a description of him on the Magnum website.

While working for Time and Magnum, Nahr had the opportunity to travel and document these regions of civil rebellions, some of which include: Somalia, Kenya, the Gaza strip and Egypt. He currently holds 14 awards for his photographs; his most impressive being Top 30 under 30 photographers awarded by Photo District News magazine in 2009.

The O’Born Contemporary Gallery, which “represent a diverse roster of artists,” will showcase Nahr’s solo exhibition, and will be available for public viewing from Thursday, Oct. 11 until
Friday, Nov. 9th from 6p.m. until 9 p.m.

Lili Huston-Herterich, co-director at O’Born Contemporary says the gallery generally expects a crowd of 60-100 walk-ins during the day.