RMG Exposed 2019 Jury
When she was a child, Laurence Butet-Roch always asked her parents to leave her bedroom door open at night. She wasn’t afraid of the dark; she wanted to watch her favourite tv-show: “Scoop”, a sitcom centered around the dramas of a fictional Montreal-based national newspaper. During those years, she was also exposed daily to real news. While mesmerized by the myth of newsroom; she also understood that what was happening miles away from her home mattered. It was no surprise when she decided to pursue a career in journalism. She completed a B.A. in International Relations at UBC, studied photography at SPAO and obtained a Master of Digital Media at Ryerson. A photographer, photo editor, writer and art educator, she contributes to Aperture, The British Journal of Photography, National Geographic, Photolife, Point of View, Polka Magazine, The New York Times Lens Blog, The New Yorker Photo Booth, and Flash Forward Flash Back by the Magenta Foundation. Her personal photographic work examines the intersection between place, memory and identity, which has led her to question the relation between economic prosperity and the cultural, physical and psychological well-being of communities. Laurence is now pursuing her PhD in environmental studies at York University, examining the visual tropes associated with contaminated spaces.
Jayne Wilkinson is a Toronto-based writer, editor and curator and was recently named Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Art. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Critical Theory from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and her writing blends research into surveillance, environmental politics, security and representation with a focus on contemporary art and photo-based practices. She contributes art criticism to a variety of online and print publications, including C Magazine, Prefix Photo, Inuit Art Quarterly, Drain Magazine and the peer-reviewed journal InVisible Culture, and has written catalogue essays and short features for exhibitions and online projects. She recently served as Editor/Publisher at Prefix Photo, Director/Curator at Prefix ICA, and has held positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Blackwood Gallery. She was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario.
Natalie Spagnol has been working in the field of photography for fifteen years and is currently the Manager of Operations and Administration at the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto. She has coordinated 100+ exhibitions and events by world-class artists and worked on multiple publications. Natalie studied Art History and Film at Carleton University and has a Masters in Art History from York University.