Lunchtime Talk @ Blackwood Gallery - Nov 1
Reframing Family Photography: Care Work & Visual Kinship Panel
Join us on Wednesday, November 1 at Blackwood Gallery for a free public panel that explores family photography through the themes of care work and visual kinship. ROM Assistant Curator, Jennifer Orpana, will offer a brief talk on The Family Camera Network and The Family Camera exhibit (closing Oct. 29) to show some of the behind-the-scenes work involved in collecting, preserving, and exhibiting family photographs and their stories. This will be followed by a panel of experts in the fields of contemporary art, curating, and photo preservation: Sarah Parsons, Saj Soomal, and Celio Barreto. This panel will explore such questions as: What is “visual kinship”? What “care work” does The Family Camera Network undertake and what kinds of connections have emerged through our collecting activities? What are the affective dimensions involved in working with family photographs? How do contemporary artists and curators approach work with family photographs? This interdisciplinary panel will broaden approaches to family photography and consider the thoughtful and careful work required when working with this genre of photography.
Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road
This panel is free & open to the public.
Sarah Parsons // Panelist
Sarah Parsons is an associate professor in Art History and Visual Culture at York University, where she specializes in the history of photography, and modern and Canadian art. Parsons is the editor of Emergence: Contemporary Canadian Photography (Gallery 44/Ryerson, 2009) and Photography After Photography: Gender, Genre, and History (Duke, 2017) a volume of essays by Abigail Solomon-Godeau. Her research on 19th century Canadian photographer William Notman has been published by the Art Canada Institute and the McCord Museum. Other essays have appeared in edited volumes and in the journals, History of Photography, Photography & Culture, and the Review of Canadian Art. Her current research focuses on the interconnected histories of privacy and photography.
Sajdeep Soomal // Panelist
Sajdeep Soomal is an independent researcher, archivist and emerging curator based in Toronto, who investigates the relationship between the market, visuality and activism. Soomal has recently completed a three-year oral history project about Desh Pardesh – a queer South Asian arts festival that ran from 1988-2001 in Toronto. Other projects explore drone economies, queer prison abolition, suicide memorials, and family photography. They currently work as the Collections and Outreach Assistant at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA), the Communications Coordinator at the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), and a research assistant at the University of Toronto.
Celio Barreto // Panelist
Celio Barreto is a Film and Photographic Preservation specialist, assisting in the collection, processing, and preservation of The Family Camera Network's archive objects. He focuses on the physical and digital preservation of photographs and born-digital image assets for archiving and exhibition. Barreto holds a B.A. and a B.F.A. Hons. In Visual Arts from the University of Windsor, and an M.A. in Film and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. He is co-founder of SoHo Art Gallery in Osaka, Japan.
The Blackwood Gallery (blackwoodgallery.ca) is a contemporary art centre situated on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus, and is dedicated to open, public research. Blackwood Gallery presents curated exhibitions featuring the work of local, national, and international professional artists in three spaces: the Blackwood Gallery in room 140 of the Kaneff Centre on Inner Circle Road, the e|gallery on the ground floor of the Communication, Culture, and Information Technology Building (CCT), and the Bernie Miller Lightbox on the outside of William Davis Building. Its 2017-2018 programming season encompasses a five-part exhibition series, performances, and workshops, titled Take Care, which mobilizes more than 100 artists, activists, curators, and researchers confronting the crisis of care. Please visit our website for more information.
The Family Camera Network (familycameranetwork.org), is a research partnership that explores the relationship between photography and the idea of family, whether of origin or of choice, as is often the case with LGBTQ+ communities. Since May 2016, The Family Camera Network has collected family photographs and oral histories at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. This public archive project focuses on stories of migration to and within Canada in the near or distant past.