18 April 2021 / #arts School of the Photographic Arts Ottawa diploma exhibition No. 16 opens April 23(Via School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa)SPAO’s Photographic Arts and Production Diploma students have worked tirelessly over this last challenging year in order to create innovative installations and portfolios that showcase their individual photographic practices. This diverse group of emerging talent is pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, working with new technologies, alternative processes, ceramics, and digital pigment prints. From explorations of grief, identity, addiction, and the futuristic imaginings of our digital world, this exhibition truly encapsulates some of the most pressing issues of our time. EXHIBITION NO. 16 is a testament to the flexibility and resilience of our students to focus on their work, and push through the challenges that face them. It is the celebration of a milestone that marks their journey into an uncertain future. SPAO is proud to present this new generation of contemporary photographers and photo-based artists who are more ready than ever to tackle what lies ahead. Help support these new artists by joining both at the gallery and online, and be sure to spread the word. SPAO is proud to be able to honour our students’ dedication and hard work with a thoughtful in-person exhibition and equally representative digital exhibition to mark their rite of passage. The exhibition will be on view from Friday April 23 - Sunday May 16. To view the exhibition virtually visit spao.ca/exhibition16 and join us on Thursday, May 20th at 7PM for a virtual event including conversations with the artists and an introduction to the SPAO Diploma program. *The Exhibition will return to in-person viewing once the government-mandated lockdown is lifted.