1 in 5 Canadians will personally feel the effects of mental illness in their lifetimes. For many, the hardest struggle will be imagining a moment of relief from their ongoing pain. In support of Mental Health Week from May 1 – 7, Renée Rodenkirchen’s latest series shone a light on the notion of crisis and release within the lives of those close to her, pairing haunting black and white portraits with video projection and diary entries from those involved.
“Submerged” debuted Thursday May 4th at Free Space with support from Canon Canada, with gallery hours extended to the following Friday and Saturday. Guests received exclusive prints printed live on-site, using the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer, and various models of cameras from the Canon Creator Lab were available to borrow throughout the event. Follow The Creator Class for updates on our next exhibit.
Renée Rodenkirchen is an art director and photographer based in Toronto. While much of her career has focused on lifestyle and celebrity portraiture, mental health advocacy has always been at the core of her work, life, and mission. Read more about “Submerged” here.