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June 17, 2014

WorldPride 2014 Toronto

Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University
Gerald Hannon, Kiss-in at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, Toronto, 1976.
Gelatin silver print. Collection of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay
Archives, Toronto. 1986-032/08P(35).

What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility
Guest curated by Sophie Hackett, Associate Curator of Photography, AGO
June 18–August 24
Mounted in celebration of WorldPride 2014, this exhibition addresses the importance of visibility, long tied to the campaign for greater acceptance of those in the gay community. What It Means to be Seen features a broad range of media, including photographs, video, and archival materials drawn from Ryerson University’s acclaimed Black Star Collection, and from prominent institutional holdings worldwide. Taken together, the selection allows viewers to see how the medium has historically been used (and misused) to make queer people visible, collectively and individually. The exhibition is presented by TD Bank Group and organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.
Related events
Exhibition tours with guest curator Sophie Hackett: June 25 & July 30, 6pm

Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
June 18–August 24

Faces and Phases aims to address the representation of black lesbian and queer identity, focusing largely on post-apartheid South Africa. This ongoing series of large-format black and white photographs includes more than 240 portraits, of which 36 are exhibited to coincide with the celebration of WorldPride 2014 in Toronto. As a visual activist for the rights of LGBTI people in South Africa and beyond, Muholi endeavours to radically change the conventional perception of lesbian and transgender communities. Working from and for her own community, Muholi creates strong, beautiful and positive images of empowered individuals.
Related events
Artist lecture: June 17, 7:30pm
Exhibition tours with curator Dr. Gaëlle Morel: July 9 & August 13, 6pm

Also on view at the Ryerson Image Centre:

Aleesa Cohene and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: The Same Problem 5
June 18–August 24
Displayed on the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall, The Same Problem 5 explores questions of the ego and memory within a reconstruction of deeply felt media experiences. Both artists are interested in notions of splintered identities and the mutability of self. Through the process of addressing these ever present vulnerabilities, composite characters begin to emerge, stitched together from pre-existing material and subtly melded with scenes filmed by the artists themselves and with a carefully wrought sense for language and sound.

Julie Gemuend: Imprint
June 18–July 13
Using the artist’s own body as both conduit and canvas, the project explores the intrinsic nature of this dynamic by imprinting the desert landscape onto human flesh.

 

Media contact
Erin Warner, Ryerson Image Centre: [email protected] / T+416 979 5000 x7032

 

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