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Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez at Project Gallery

'Love Birds' by Ravinder Rai

‘Love Birds’ by Ravinder Rai

DIVERSIONS, curated by Devan Patel, showcases the photographic outcomes of an ongoing artistic dialogue between emerging artists Ravinder Rai and Sebastián Benítez. Engaging in themes of contemporary identity, image, commodification, and sexuality, this exhibition shares a process of awareness and discovery as Rai and Benítez photographically respond to each other’s work. Navigating through objects to compose and create playful and clever photographs, this exhibition also incorporates elements of installation.

Ravinder Rai’s practice pursues a reflexive exploration of identity, desire, and the presentation of the self. Positioning himself as the subject of abstract study, he uses photographic still lifes to interpret his experiences as a closeted gay individual. In this way, the work construes otherwise repressed narratives and ruminations while visually retaining a degree of authorial anonymity.

Sebastián Benítez’ series Feint navigates and negotiates through a myriad of objects and images marketed towards gay men, such as movie memorabilia, novelty items, and gay travel guides. Benítez’ work explores his own personal positioning in relation to these commodities, while inviting the viewer to consider the different motivations, relationships and underlying discourses that underpin these objects.

Opening Reception: Thursday April 28th 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: April 28 – May 15, 2016

Project Gallery
1109 Queen St E , Toronto
Wed-Sun 12-5pm

This exhibition is Featured with the CONTACT Photography Festival 2016
http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2016/featured-exhibition/project-gallery-toronto-diversions

 

The Fortune of Having Been There: Volume II

Gabby Frank, 2015

Gabby Frank, 2015

The Fortune of Having Been There : Volume II
OCAD University Photography Thesis Graduation Exhibition
Curated by Sara Nicole England

May 25 – June 2, 2015

The gateway into this exhibition is the idea of “doubling.” Included works incorporate subject matter that mirrors the “double nature” of photography; twinning, duplication, generation, imagined selves and masquerade are all at play. Opening: Thursday May 28, 5-8pm.

Caitlynn Fairbarns
Gabby Frank
Chris Garland
Rachel Guglielmelli
Jaquelyn Holland
Brandon Jones
Lana Missen
Allison Morris
Lindsay Nemeth
Dainesha Nugent-Palache
Lea Sanders

Project Gallery
1109 Queen Street East, Toronto

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm

Contact Exhibition Page: scotiabankcontactphoto.com

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The Fortune of Having Been There: Volume I

Emma Blackshaw, 2015

Emma Blackshaw, 2015

The exhibition, The Fortune of Having Been There, (The Project Gallery, May 14 to June 10, 2015) – showcases the work of 27 graduates of OCAD’s photography thesis program. This month long exhibition, curated into three distinct shows by students from OCAD’s Criticism and Curatorial Practices program, introduces the next generation of local artists and curators.

Volume I (May 14 – 24), curated by Tori Maas.

This exhibition brings together images and objects from artists’ interactions with space and site, the landscapes they inhabit, and the tension created by the collision of public and private lives.

Emma Blackshaw
Sardar Farrokhi
Lucas Johnson
Kelsie Knauf
Kimberly Lee
Lindsay Nemeth
Justin Vitale
Nick Vo
Carly Whitmore
Arma Yari

Project Gallery
1109 Queen Street East, Toronto

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm

Contact Exhibition Page: scotiabankcontactphoto.com

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