ANTI-GLAMOUR: PORTRAITS OF WOMEN
January 21 – April 5, 2015
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould St, Toronto, ON
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 @ 6pm: Exhibition tour with curator Gaëlle Morel
The exhibition presents photographic and video portraits by artists addressing issues of female representation. From ironic reappropriation of attractive femmes fatales conjured by the film industry to empowered bare-breasted figures proudly confronting the viewer, these portraits comment on the repetition of historical norms and tropes that often reduce women’s individuality to a recurrent iconography of vulnerability and seduction. Works by Rebecca Belmore, Gunilla Josephson, Katherine Lannin, Marie Le Mounier, Ange Leccia, Jo Spence and Leila Zahiri challenge traditional stereotypes, claiming an alternative presence for women in the public sphere through their poetic and complex depictions.
Bio: Leila Zahiri is an Iranian-Canadian visual artist. As a rising professional photographer, she has recently graduated from OCAD U with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Being an aspiring artist she tends to draw the inspirations for her work from her cultural and personal views.