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Jason Perreault, Untitled - LCB 07, 2018, inkjet print.

The Ryerson Image Centre Student Gallery presents
Jason Perreault: Bien dans sa peau

Opening reception: October 24, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition dates: October 24 – December 9, 2018

The fashion industry and commercial advertising both participate in the construction of an idealized person—usually one that is heterosexual. The inclusion of non-binary and gender-fluid representations in magazines and editorials helps to not only normalize queer lifestyles but also validates and celebrates queer as a way of being.

Bien dans sa peau [Comfortable in Your Own Skin] highlights gender-queer people and embraces their many and varied characteristics through the tropes of contemporary fashion photography. It approaches the photography studio as a stage of sorts, a place where theatricality and performance can flourish. While the resulting imagery is heavily constructed and politically calculated, it also comes from pursuing honesty within the subjects, focusing on the respect and acceptance cultivated between photographer and subject.

Jason Perreault is an emerging artist based in Toronto and Montreal. With a background in theatre, he is influenced by narrative techniques and the desire to create character-based images in his work. His photographs navigate the boundaries between fine art and fashion, conscientiously producing images that deal honestly and sensitively with sex, queer representation, and gender fluidity. Using selective models, provocative posing, and unconventional styling, Perreault’s fashion photographs seek to complicate and open dialogue around the industry’s view of the body. Perreault is currently finishing his bachelor of fine arts in photography studies at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto.

The Student Gallery showcases the art and curatorial practices of Ryerson University’s current undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from all disciplines. Rigorous yet inclusive, the program engages audiences with important issues through group or solo exhibitions of contemporary art and historical lens-based media. Presenting six exhibitions per year, the Student Gallery provides valuable, professional experience in the curation and display of artwork.

The exhibitions are selected annually, following a call for submissions, by a committee comprised of staff members from the RIC, along with students and faculty members from the School of Image Arts.


Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

ADMISSION IS FREE
Free exhibition tours daily at 2:30 pm

www.ryerson.ca/ric
416-979-5164
ric@ryerson.ca
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