Jonathan Groeneweg was born and raised in Calgary, residing in Toronto since July 2010. Groeneweg holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in photography from the University of Calgary. Groeneweg has taken part in solo and group exhibitions within Canada and abroad, traveled internationally on multiple photo/video projects, taught at the University of Calgary and Ontario College of Art and Design University, and developed a strong community-based arts practice via various educational, artist-in-residence, and outreach programs in conjunction with Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Calgary Board of Education, and Toronto District School Board.
Groeneweg’s artistic practice distorts traditional relations between image, scale, indexicality, and the photographic frame by employing composite panoramic images with a focused subject matter of gardens, ruins, and urban space. Addressing historic and contemporary issues within the discourses of documentary, landscape, philosophy, photography, sustainability, and urban development, Groeneweg explores the human/nature duality as a fundamental cultural construct exposing how this dialectic manifests in the ways humanity thinks about and acts towards the world we live in.