Doris McCarthy Gallery Spring 2022 Exhibitions

The DMG presents two new exhibitions this spring – in the gallery, the group exhibition Now You See Me reckons with historical and contemporary uses of the camera as a tool to perpetuate degradative narratives related to gender and cultural identity. Online, fi di gyal dem pairs works by Jorian Charlton and Kadine Lindsay that celebrate Black womanhood through a lens of defiance and refusal.

Also, this spring, Anthony Gebrehiwot’s Gattuso Prize-winning exhibition From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing continues in the U of T Scarborough Instructional Centre Vitrines, presenting images of Black masculinity that focus on the acts of vulnerability and care.

Leila Fatemi, A Vessel to Bend Water, 2021/2022.

Now You See Me

Works by Dayna Danger, Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Gaëlle Elma, Leila Fatemi, Kablusiak, Meryl McMaster, and Vivek Shraya
Curated by Sandy Saad-Smith

To June 25, 2022
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
Core Exhibition in the 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Now You See Me brings together artists who consider the power dynamics of image-making through their distinct practices. All variously identify as women, femme, and non-binary, the artists use photography to explore issues related to gender and cultural identity.

Employing tactics of performance, concealing, and revealing their bodies and those of their collaborators, the artists produce works that challenge normative, colonial assumptions. They address pressing political realities that are closely tied to their personal histories, and reveal paradoxes inherent in representations of racialized bodies. Asserting themselves as directors of their own images, they pose questions about the complex cultural and gender-related politics that underlie self-representation, shifting perceptions of the politics that inform image-making with sharp critique and blatant defiance.

Public Programs

All programming is free, all are welcome! ASL interpretation and other access features provided, or upon request as noted. Please see the DMG website for visitor information and up-to-date COVID guidelines.

Curatorial Tours led by Sandy Saad-Smith
Tuesday, May 17, 1 – 2 pm
Saturday, June 4, 2 – 3 pm (with ASL interpretation)

Online Artist Talk with Chun Hua Catherine Dong
Wednesday, June 8, 1 – 2 pm
With ASL interpretation and captioning
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented with the Department of Arts, Culture & Media, U of T Scarborough

BIPOC in Nature: Highland Creek Valley Walk with Sheniz Janmohamed
Saturday, June 25, 1 – 2 pm
ASL interpretation available upon request
Inspired by works in Now You See Me that consider BIPOC bodies in nature, poet/educator/nature artist Sheniz Janmohamed will lead a gentle sensory walk through the Highland Creek Valley at the U of T Scarborough campus. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their relationship with the outdoors, culminating in an opportunity to create their own nature art. Spaces limited; registration required.

Now You See Me Closing Reception
Saturday, June 25, 2 – 4 pm
Curator & artist remarks 2:30 pm (with ASL interpretation)

Images (left to right): Jorian Charlton, Untitled (Georgia), 2020 / Kadine Lindsay, Bodacious Babe, 2020.

fi di gyal dem

Works by Jorian Charlton and Kadine Lindsay
Curated by Roya DelSol

Online exhibition
Core Exhibition in the 2022 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

fi di gyal dem is an intimate celebration of the interior lives of Black women, exploring the interconnections in the practices of Jorian Charlton and Kadine Lindsay, influenced by their shared Jamaican heritage, and the larger cultural moments that inform their work. Charlton’s photographs and Lindsay’s paintings and animations are paired in diptychs depicting Black women in various states of refusal, punctuated by collaborative mixed media works that allow space for the artists not only to depict other Black women, but also one another, and themselves.

Presented online, fi di gyal dem places Charlton’s and Lindsay’s images alongside user-generated meme content, interwoven with texts by curator Roya DelSol and guest writers Omi Ra and Sharine Taylor, contextualizing the work of both artists within a wider scope of Black women’s cultural production and larger artistic tradition of Black cultural innovation borne of defiance.

fi di gyal dem will be activated by a series of public programs beginning this summer into the fall.

Anthony Gebrehiwot, Ebbs and Flows, 2019.

Anthony Gebrehiwot
From Boys to Men: The Road to Healing

To August 12, 2022
Instructional Centre Vitrines
University of Toronto Scarborough

Anthony Gebrehiwot’s From Boys To Men: The Road To Healing is a visceral display of Black masculinity that challenges biased ways of thinking and focuses on the act of care. Featuring portraits of artists from R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Elsewhere), a Scarborough-based, youth-led movement, this series looks at how masculinity can manifest in healthy and inclusive ways. Arranged in a non-narrative configuration, the unique visual language of Gebrehiwot’s photographs extends across temporal sensibilities, to trace the thread of trauma to the root.

A digital publication featuring Gebrehiwot’s work alongside contextualizing essays and poetic responses by Randell Adjei, d’bi.young anitafrika, Asia Clarke, and Kachely Peters will launch later this summer.

Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 11 to 5 pm. Admission is free. Open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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Image Descriptions:
1) Cyanotype prints of various sizes are arranged on a white surface, each depicting a woman or women carrying large vessel jugs made of clay.
2) (Left) Photograph of a Black woman looking directly at the camera through flowers, behind her is blue sky. (Right) Painting of a woman at ¾ profile, with dark purple skin, pulled-back copper-coloured hair and red t-shirt, cartoon-like. The woman has exaggerated eyes, from one falls a blue teardrop. The background is mottled shades of green and grey.
3) Photograph of a Black man lying on his back in water, with only his face and part of his chest above the surface. His eyes are closed and he appears relaxed. On the centre of his forehead, bridge of his nose, and temples are a series of white dots of varying size.