It is the absolute pleasure of the SNAP Curatorial Committee to bring to you the SNAP 20th Anniversary
Virtual Live Auction Collection.
SNAP Curatorial Committee Members:
Sonja Scharf – Chair
Sonja is a photographer, a co-owner of Akasha Art Projects and one of SNAP’s most enthusiastic
supporters. As a curator for SNAP, Sonja draws on her experience working directly with artists and a
strong sense of fashion.
Karen is the Director of BAND. She has over 25 years of experience working and volunteering in a range
of arts, culture and heritage settings. She is the former Executive Director of Heritage Toronto, the
founding Executive Director of Myseum of Toronto and co-founder of Black Artists’ Network and
Dialogue (BAND). Karen’s most recent project is as co-founder of the BIPOC Fellowship to help support
the development of a more diverse cultural landscape in Canada.
Simon is a lawyer, teacher and collector. He is interested in art history and art education. He likes to
helps viewers understand background, context, precedent and intention. He has previously been a
board member of MOCA and Visual Arts Ontario. For 15 years he was a volunteer docent at the AGO,
and has sat on the curatorial committees of Art with Heart and now SNAP.
Craig is an arts communications specialist based in Toronto. His company FFOTO.com connects
collectors with high-calibre historical and contemporary photography.
PhotoED Magazine’s Editor /Publisher Rita Godlevskis has more than twenty years of experience in
photography based, creative media work, in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has
worked across multiple platforms with a diverse range of projects in her portfolio in editorial, and
creative production contexts. A passion for promoting diverse voices in Canadian photography, and
great coffee keep her fuelled.
Sophie Hackett has been a member of the AGO’s department of photography since 2006. During her
tenure she has curated numerous exhibitions and collection reinstallations, written and contributed to
countless publications, participated on international juries and maintained an active academic profile.
From her experience as an Arts Administrator, Clare brings a wealth of experience from the gallery
world. Clare’s knowledge of sales trends, gallery stewardship and the current Canadian photographic
landscape has helped guide the committee in it’s curation of this stunning art.
Melanie Trojkovic is Gallery Director at United Contemporary and holds a Masters in Art Curatorship
from the University of Melbourne. With over ten years of experience working in the contemporary art
industry, both locally and internationally, Mel has a passion for contemporary photographic and digital
art practice. Mel has held previous positions at the Manifesta Biennial in Amsterdam, was the former
Gallery Director at LUMAS in Yorkville, and most recently held a position as Gallery Associate at Bau-Xi
Gallery in Toronto.
Michèle Pearson Clarke – Special Guest Curator
Michèle is a Trinidad-born artist, writer and educator. Working primarily in photography and video, her
work situates grief as a site of possibility for social engagement and political connection. Currently, she
is serving as the second Photo Laureate for the City of Toronto (2019-2023), and she has forthcoming
solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Mercer Union (Toronto) in 2022.