World-renowned Canadian photographyer Edward Burtynsky is the chair of a penl of three expert jury members for the 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award. This year’s jury includes: Dr. Kenneth Montague, Gaëlle Morel and Stéphane Aquin.
Jury Chair - Artist
Edward Burtynsky is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes represent over 40 years of his dedication to bearing witness to the impact of human industry on the planet. Burtynsky's photographs are included in the collections of over 80 major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid; the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
Dr. Kenneth Montague
Art Collector & Curator
A graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Kenneth Montague is a full-time dentist as well as an avid art collector, curator and founder of Wedge Curatorial Projects, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art that explores black identity. Recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Art Gallery of Ontario and formerly a member of Advisory Board of the Ryerson Image Centre and the Tate Modern’s Africa Acquisitions Committee, Dr. Montague is a frequent lecturer and panelist at international symposiums, travelling to Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. At his alma mater, the University of Windsor, he has established The Dr. Kenneth Montague African Diaspora Scholarship, and through his Wedge Collection he is a well-known supporter of emerging contemporary African artists.
Gaëlle Morel has been the Exhibitions Curator at the Toronto Image Centre since 2010. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Berenice Abbott: Photographies (2012), Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases (2014), Burn with Desire. Photography and Glamour (2015), Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake (2017) and Meryl McMaster: As Immense as the Sky (2019). Her most recent publications include True to the Eyes. The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Photography Collection, (Hirmer Verlag, 2019) and she is currently working on an exhibition and accompanying catalogue on American photographer Mary Ellen Mark's project Ward 81 (2023).In 2009, Morel was the guest curator of the photography biennial Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, and she is currently an instructor in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management graduate program at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Stéphane Aquin became Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in November 2020, after having served as Chief Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. from 2015 to 2020. Prior to that, Aquin was Curator of Contemporary art at the MMFA (1998 to 2015), and an art critic for Voir magazine (1992 to 1998). Throughout his career as curator, he has organized numerous exhibitions of Canadian and international artists. As the MMFA’s Director, he is now turning his focus to leading the institution into the next chapter of its long history.