Queering Family Photography
April 21 - May 26, 2018
Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Presented by Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives, with The Family Camera Network
Curated by: Elspeth Brown and Thy Phu, with the assistance of Richard Fung, Sajdeep Soomal, Tori Abel, and Albert McLeod
How do photographs reflect, create, and anchor the affective life of queer families? From families of choice to families of origin, “Queering Family Photography” explores the critical work that queer, trans, and Two-Spirited family photos do in documenting and creating queer modes of intimacy and belonging. While family photography is usually seen as a problematic site of normativity by queer and trans people, this exhibition explores how the affective attachments of queer family photographs have also sustained us. The show traces how queer, trans and Two-Spirited people draw on photography to stretch the frame of family to include queer kinships outside the heteronormative, nuclear family model. These photographs reveal queer modes of intimacy and belonging from the queer domesticities of life “at home” to the role of public space in anchoring queer kinship. The images capture fleeting moments of love and desire, as well as the connections between generations, which are often fractured and even broken by a normalizing state and culture.
Queering Family Photography draws from The Family Camera Network, which is collecting queer and trans family photos and oral histories about them with a focus on migration and racialization, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and the Two-Spirited Collection from the University of Winnipeg. The show is supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Thurs., Apr. 26, 2018, 5pm-7pm: Queering Family Photography - A Roundtable at Hart House East Common Room, 7 Heart House Circle, University of Toronto, Ontario
Sat., Apr. 28, 2018, 3pm-5pm: Exhibit openings for Queering Family Photography and Sunil Gupta: Friends and Lovers exhibitions at Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1356 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario