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Gatineau, Quebec, September 21, 2012 - Library and Archives Canada is presenting Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Beyond Likeness, a travelling exhibition, explores the evolving concept of portraiture from more traditional representations of likeness to works that challenge the conventions of the genre. 
Beyond Likeness features works by 23 contemporary artists including those by Irene F. Whittome, Jane Ash Poitras, Pascal Grandmaison, Lucie Chan and Arnaud Maggs. The subjects of these portraits range from known figures, such as writer Margaret Atwood, former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, artist Bill Reid, musician Melissa Auf der Maur, and filmmaker Deepa Mehta, to lesser known figures, such as the residents of Richmond, British Columbia.
“Beyond Likeness shows LAC’s commitment to making the country’s documentary heritage accessible to all Canadians,” said Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada.
With references to history, popular culture, autobiography and the perception of self, the exhibition shows that human identity is complex, constructed and unfixed. Together, the works form a narrative that reveals how character is shaped by personal biography—engaging the artist, the subject and the viewer in an active construction of meaning. The exhibition inspires and empowers visitors to form their own assessments of how they perceive images of others and how they would project their own identities.
“It is a great opportunity to be hosting an exhibition that highlights an impressive and diverse array of key figures in Canada’s cultural landscape. It offers new ways to think about how portraiture and contemporary art practice allow us to view ourselves in the context of our national identity,” said Jon Tupper, Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works opens September 20, 2012 at the AGGV and runs until January 6, 2013.
Prior to heading to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV), the travelling exhibition was seen at the Art Gallery of Calgary in early 2010.
Discover Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Works on the LAC website.
About Library and Archives Canada 
The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
About the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 
The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a public art museum dedicated to the celebration of art. When it first opened in 1951, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria exhibited art in the historic 1889 mansion that is now adjacent to its seven modern galleries. With almost 17,000 works of art, the Art Gallery has the largest public collection in British Columbia and is a vibrant and active part of Victoria's artist community.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Isabelle Vigneault
Media Relations Officer
Library and Archives Canada

Jennifer Cook
Communications & Events Coordinator
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
250-384-4171, ext. 238
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