Architect Peter Dickinson designed seventy-four modernist buildings, mostly in Toronto, before his death in 1961 at the age of thirty-five. Dickinson’s style of modernism—practical, intelligent, and playful in a restrained English way—acts as an antidepressant. The Weight of Air explores the restorative power of modernism through the lives of Dickinson’s buildings—standing, demolished, or altered beyond recognition. Rejecting conventional architectural photography and working under the artistic influence of Klein, Ruscha, and Eggleston, these photographs are brief encounters, culminating in a self-portrait of who the artist wishes to be.
About The Artist
Leala Hewak is a Toronto-based photographer who studied music, creative writing, and painting at the University of Toronto, and then went on to law school. During her career as a criminal lawyer serving marginalized communities, Leala ran a commercial art gallery in her hometown of Winnipeg. Leala has pursued a career as an artist since leaving the practise of law in 2010.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
Ryerson's Documentary Media program is the only MFA degree program
in Canada dedicated to developing tomorrow's documentary filmmakers
and visual artists. The program contributes to Canada's world-renowned
reputation for excellence in documentary by nurturing new talent and
fostering innovative critical approaches.