RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SEEN
PHOTOGRAPHY AND QUEER VISIBILITY

June 18 – August 24, 2014
Guest Curated by Sophie Hackett
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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Image caption: Michael Abramson, Gay Liberation March, New York City, USA, June 25, 1971. BS.2005.246385 / 151-388 and BS.2005.246343 / 151-346. Reproductions from the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University


“I had never seen a picture of two women kissing, and I wanted to see it. I borrowed a camera . . .”
– JEB (Joan E. Biren)


The ideas of visibility and greater acceptance have long been tied together for those in queer communities. So much so that it is plausible to suggest that one of the projects developing alongside the LGBT rights movement since the 1960s, though unofficial and organic, has been to produce a visual record. Greater visibility has often meant greater representation in mass media outlets and this visibility has undeniably increased over the last four decades — so too have LGBT rights.

Photographs have, of course, played a key role in this. But what has this photographic visibility consisted of? To celebrate World Pride 2014 Toronto, this exhibition takes a closer look at this rich photographic record, and the ways photographs have served to bring to light a sense of collective characteristics, experiences and ambitions for queer communities.

Featuring a broad range of materials from the Black Star Collection at Ryerson University, the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives (Toronto), and other prominent collections in the United States and Europe, this range of photographs argues for the continued validity — necessity, even — of making queer people visible, collectively and individually.



Presented by TD Bank Group
 


Organized by the Ryerson Image Centre in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.
 

 


Related events:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 @ 5:30 - 8pm
Opening Reception
Please join us to celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions at the
Ryerson Image Centre. To learn more about the exhibitions, click here.

The opening reception is supported by:


Wednesday, June 25, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour with guest curator Sophie Hackett

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 6pm
Exhibition tour with guest curator Sophie Hackett

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.



Related exhibition:


Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography
On view concurrently at the AGO, Fan the Flames explores queer identity and the play of gender. This exhibtion is also curated by the AGO's Sophie Hackett and showcases works by such Canadian and international figures as varied as Raphael Bendahan, Brassaï, Claude Cahun, Colin Campbell, Chris Curreri, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, General Idea, Nan Goldin, Nina Levitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mark Morrisroe, Catherine Opie and Weegee, among others. The artists document, perform, appropriate, collect and reinterpret images to present a range of views on fashioning the self through photographs and videos. 

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