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CONGRATULATIONS PHOTO ALUMNI MORGAN SEARS-WILLIAMS (2017) AND MADDIE ALEXANDER (2016) for their upcoming exhibition at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives!

Opening: Saturday June 17th- 7pm till 2am
Femme4Femme is a collaborative exhibition between Morgan Sears-Williams and Maddie Alexander as a part of Nuit Rose Festival – Between Venus & Mars .

Through text, image and installation; the artists strive to explore both the historical and contemporary existence of femme identity. Alexander’s approach pulls from pop culture and pornography, using oversaturated imagery to explore the way queer femmes are represented in the media. Alexander explores micro aggressive language in a satirical manner, to break down the subtleties of femme phobia in film and television.

Morgan uses older technologies as an entry point for viewers to interact with the stories of queer folks both historically and contemporarily, with a focus on queer femme identities. By blending time to create a lasting and long thread of feminist queer activism and lived realities, they challenge the notion that queer feminist activism and femme presence exist within a certain time period.

Both approaches use different methodologies; however work towards a simultaneous goal of archiving the existence of queer femmes. Focusing on and inspired by lived experiences, both works take from contemporary and historical queer presence and absence, and question the roles expected of queer femmes. The works interact with each other to display the efforts of archiving queer life from the artist’s perspective, and the importance of visibility and existence as resistance.

34 Isabella st, 2nd floor.
Opening: Saturday June 17th- 7pm till 2am
June 18th to June 27th, 2017

Exhibition Hours:

Tuesday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Wednesday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Thursday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Napier, OCAD and Ryerson Universities collaborate:

Photo by Ava Cochrane, A Chair for My Mother, 2017

Photo by Ava Cochrane, A Chair for My Mother, 2017

Please join us on International Women’s day, Wed, March 8th, from 5-7pm for the opening of the Gender & The Lens exhibition at:

Ada Slaight Student Gallery, OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, 2nd floor (North side)
Wheelchair accessible

Artists Include: Maddie AlexanderYuling ChenClea Christakos-GeeAva CochraneMara Gajic, Antonio GiacchettiRaelene GiffinAshley HiltzJesse King,  Morgan Sears WilliamsMichael SeleskiFarihah ShahAlia Youssef Curated by Jennifer Long and Clare Samuel


L to R:  Farihah Shah, Laden Hands, 2017, Michael Seleski, Spectrum, 2016, Alia Youssef, Rayhanah, 2016

The exhibit runs from Mon, March 6 to Sat, March 11 and showcases artworks by feminist-minded students and recent graduates from Ryerson and OCAD University whose artwork explores themes of gender through lens-based mediums.  Within this installation is a slideshow entitled When The Light Shifts, by members of WildFires: Women Photographers Network in Scotland.  This initiative is part of an  ongoing series of research and networking events  between Napier (Edinburgh) University,  Ryerson University and OCAD University that focus on gender and photography.  

Photos left to right: Ashley Hiltz, selections from A Woman's Guide manual, 2016, Clea Christakos-Gee, Alexandra Rose, 2016

L to R: Ashley Hiltz, selection from A Woman’s Guide manual, 2016, Clea Christakos-Gee, Alexandra Rose, 2016

In Fall 2016, a collaboration was formed through faculty members Mary-Ann Kennedy (Napier University), Jennifer Long (OCAD University), Katherine Parhar (Napier University) and Clare Samuel (Ryerson & OCAD University). With a focus on research and creating networks to explore current trends in gender and photography, we began piloting projects in Edinburgh and Toronto with the goal of sharing information and providing opportunities for art creation and dialogue.  The Gender & The Lens exhibition is the first public presentation of this network and in May 2017, we begin our first collaborative project, Create & Converse.  This research hub will be an online platform dedicated to artworks and dialogue by lens-based artists exploring themes related to gender.

Photos left to right: Yuling Chen, still from Adios, Catalonia, 2016, Morgan Sears Williams, still from Stop, 2017

L to R : Yuling Chen, still from Adios, Catalonia, 2016, Morgan Sears Williams, still from Stop, 2017


L to R:  Raelene Giffin, Gatherer, 2016, Mara Gajic, Untitled, from The Room series, 2014


Maddie Alexander, Antonio Giacchetti, & Jesse King, still from Interaction, 2016




RUDE Collective – Real Unapologetic Diverse Expression

OCAD U Photo major Morgan Sears Williams is member of RUDE, an exiting collective that is making change and making space!  RUDE’s first event is on November 25th at Geary Lane, and 40% of profits will be going to YMCA Sprott House, a homeless shelter for queer youth.   

Visit RUDE on facebook @TheRudeCollective to see the amazing RUDE featured artists including Kent Monkman and OCAD U Photo graduate Maddie Alexander!

About RUDE:

Rude is an acronym for Real Unapologetic Diverse Expression. We are a collective of individuals whose main objective is to create positive spaces for queer folks, especially queer people of colour. This space manifests into a queer dance and art party, held seasonally by the RUDE collective.

Our mission is to create a space that allows queer individuals, especially those that are marginalized due to racism, transphobia, gender identity and gender expression to interact and share in a queer positive environment. To showcase multiple art forms of marginalized queer cultural expression through supporting young drag queens, queer artists, queer DJs, and performers. To bring awareness to LGBTQ homeless youth and to contribute to organisations dedicated to eradicating it.

Queer art is a vital part of RUDE events, as we recognize art to be the force that creates and changes culture and pushes political and social movements. The artists that we feature are RUDE because they are unapologetic about their queerness, their blackness, their indigeneity, their sexuality or gender. The artists chosen for our first event on November 25th, speak to the, often violent or oppressive, gaze inflicted on queer folks and subvert it in vulnerable, confrontational, and sometimes comedic ways.


Career Launcher 2016


NEW CENTURY Exhibition


Maddie Alexander at YTB Gallery

Maddie Alexander Installing at YTB Gallery, photo by Antonio Giacchetti

Maddie Alexander Installing at YTB Gallery, photo by Antonio Giacchetti

“You’re So Pretty” By Maddie Alexander a Canadian artist studying and working in Toronto, Ontario. She began her education studying at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is now in her final year at OCAD University to graduate with a BFA in Photography. Her work explores multiple themes including the female bodies’ presence in our history and society, breaking down the stigmatization of mental illness, and LGBPTTQQIIAA+ issues. Mainly through portraiture and combining text and image, she enjoys working experimentally by integrating multidisciplinary practices.

Maddie would like to dedicate her work in this exhibition to the late artist and activist Wendy Coburn; Thank you for paving the way for young queer artists of today, thank you for teaching me the power of art as a form of social justice and activism, thank you for helping me find my voice.

Tough As Nails Opening Reception April 8th, 7-11pm  At YTB Gallery

563 Dundas Street East, Suite 201, Toronto, Ontario M5A 2B7


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