Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum will present ELEGY: DEBORAH SAMUEL from March 31 through July 2. This photo exhibition is the first collaboration between the ROM’s Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity and its Institute for Contemporary Culture. ELEGY is also a featured exhibition of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2012. Canadian photo-based artist Deborah Samuel describes ELEGY as being “about life—its transience, its fragility, and its persistence. It’s also about these same qualities in photography.” Samuel created these 33 images of skeletal remains of vertebrates with a flatbed scanner as a response to being prohibited by BP and governmental regulations from going to document birds after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So she began to work with bird skeletons, later widening her focus to include other vertebrates. On April 12, there will be a free illustrated talk with the artist.