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UK photographer Penny Klepuszewska's internationally lauded Living Arrangements
12 works from the series premiere at Harbourfront Centre March 14 to May 3, 2009

UK based photographer Penny Klepuszewska's internationally lauded Living Arrangements series premieres at a free York Quay Centre exhibition from March 14 to May 3, 2009. Her 2006 work Living Arrangements is a visual investigation of the changing patterns in contemporary family life have created an expanding number of elderly people living alone, often with deteriorating health and no family support. This exhibition is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Living Arrangements won the BJP Endframe Award in 2006, the LCC Sproxton Award in 2006, the Pilsner Urquell UK Photographer of the Year Deeper Perspective Award in 2007. For Living Arrangements Klepuszewska was one of five international nominees for the 2007 Lucie Award, runner-up for the Baume & MercierPhotography Award in 2007, was selected as one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2007. The series was shown in the Tate Britain exhibition How we are: Photographing Britain in 2007, at Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie Le Off in Arles, at PhotoEspana's DESCUBRIMIENTOS International Festival of Photography & Visual Arts in Madrid and the 4th International Festival of Photography in Kaunas.

To view some of the Living Arrangements series online visit: http://www.sproxtonphotographyaward.org/winners/penny-klepuszewska/ and to view biographical information on the artist visit http://www.newcontemporaries.org.uk/artist_single.php?aid=1542.

An expanded artist statement below.

A free public opening reception takes place on March 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. along with seven additional new York Quay Centre exhibitions. Hours: Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; closed Monday. For information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. The Living Arrangements exhibition is located at York Quay Centre at 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Living Arrangements - Penny Klepuszewska - Artist Statement:

"Intrinsic to my work are the details and scenes, the fragilities and brutalities of contemporary human existence, both actual and fictitious. I combine a documentary approach, with staging and construction, drawing on my own and others experiences and thoughts to create accounts of the real world, and self-contained fictions. I often incorporate found occurrences taken from newspaper articles, stories, conversations or everyday life. I gather these small pellets of information in an attempt to create work that emotionally engages the viewer, making a comment, informing or questioning our lives in some way.

My most recent work Living Arrangements visually investigated how the changing patterns in contemporary family life have created an expanding number of elderly people living alone, often with deteriorating health and no family support to hand. A recent report has suggested that one in ten elderly people living alone do not see a single person on an average day. For many elderly people their only daily human contact, if any, may be the person who is sent to get them up in the morning, prepare their food and put them to bed at night. Being cared for at home rather than in hospital or residential care when we become old and frail is apparently what most of us want. In line with Government policy over the last decade, elderly people who get state-funded homecare are those with relatively high levels of need and it's both means-tested and rationed according to strict ‘eligibility’ criteria. Increasingly, the elderly are left on their own. Within this work I considered some of the issues that surround life in old age, such as elderly confinement, bereavement, living alone and waiting for the ‘different-person-everyday’ homecare to arrive. The home is often regarded as a place of shelter but for some in later life it can become a place of inescapable isolation."

Media Contact: Shane Gerard (416-973-4518 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com)

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