Vid Ingelevics at Oakville Gallery, 2009

Vid Ingelevics

Canada 1952


Vid Ingelevics
Vid Ingelevics
October 29, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Vid Ingelevics is a Canadian visual artist, occasional writer and independent curator.

Ingelevics was born in Toronto, Canada. He was born to Latvian parents just a few years after they immigrated to Canada in the late 40s. It wasn’t before late 80s that Vid reconnected with his Latvian heritage.

Museum of Man

Vid Ingelevics - Museum of Man (installation fragment), 1987-1989
Vid Ingelevics – Museum of Man (installation fragment), 1987-1989

Vid was actually moved by his own work, an exhibition titled Museum of Man that treated an experience of amnesia. During the show’s peak, he realized that he is no different from the man with no memories – he did not know anything about his own family and its roots. Ingelevics visited Latvia in 1989, and that journey inspired him to create an installation for the exhibition titled Stories of Displacement, dedicated to his mother and her two sisters as they fled Latvia in 1944 just ahead of the Red Army.

Stories of Displacement

Vid Ingelevics - Places of Repose Stories of Displacement (installation fragment), 1989
Vid Ingelevics – Places of Repose Stories of Displacement (installation fragment), 1989

Ingelevics’ work as an artist shows a strong interest in issues such as the local urbanism in Toronto, as well as the complex role of the institutional photographic archive for the understanding of the past. Vid’s curatorial projects are exploring the relationship between photography, archives and the public museum. Currently he holds the position of Associate Professor at Ryerson University, where he teaches Documentary Media in both undergraduate and graduate program.

The artist is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, in Toronto.

Vid Ingelevics lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Featured image: Vid Ingelevics at Oakville Gallery, 2009
Images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2013Between art & ArtStephen Bulger Gallery, TorontoSolo
2009Freedom Rocks, with Blake FitzpatrickEmbassy of Canada, Berlin, Germany and Consulate of Germany, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2009Hunter : gathererOakville Galleries, OakvilleSolo
2009Hunter : gathererTom Thompson Art Gallery, Owen SoundSolo
200Hunter : gathererSouthern Alberta Art Gallery, LethbridgeSolo
2007The Metropolitan Museum of Edward MillaGales Gallery, York University, TorontoSolo
2006Inconvenience Store, video projectionConvenience Gallery, TorontoSolo
2006PlatformStephen Bulger Gallery, TorontoSolo
2004PlatformMuseum subway station, TorontoSolo
2001Project Photographs, 1992 to 2001Stephen Bulger Gallery, TorontoSolo
2000Bathurst StreetThe Koffler Gallery, TorontoSolo
19990.29236111111111Toronto City Hall, TorontoSolo
1996Alltagsgeschichten (some histories of everyday life)Gallery TPW, TorontoSolo
1994ArtefactsNational Museum of Photography, Riga, LatviaSolo
1992Your WorldOO Gallery, HalifaxSolo
1991Places of Repose: Stories of DisplacementKulturni in kongresni center, Ljubljana, SloveniaSolo
1987 to 1989Museum of a manGallery TPW, Toronto, Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Anna Leonowens Gallery, HalifaxSolo
1983 to 1986Notes From the GreenhousePhotographers Gallery, Saskatoon, Eastern Edge, St. John's, Newfoundland, The Community Gallery at HarbourfrontSolo
1990Oppositions: commitment in cultural and political identity in contemporary photographyFotografie Biënnale Rotterdam, Rotterdam, HollandSolo
1989Canadian PhotographersGallery ZKW, Krakow, PolandSolo
1989Beyond the Document, Forest City Gallery, LondonSolo
1988Scripta ManentLa Galerie des Arts Lavalin, MontréalSolo
1989Current EventsA Space, TorontoSolo
1989Sights of HistoryNational Film Board, Stills Division, Ottawa, national touring exhibitionSolo