Jorian Charlton: Between Us

Jorian Charlton, Kifaaya 2, 2020

Jorian Charlton: Between Us
A Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival feature exhibition

Curated by Shannon Anderson

Art Gallery of Mississauga
April 25 to June 25, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 27, 2023, 6 to 8 pm
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Straddling the worlds of fashion photography and intimate portraiture, Jorian Charlton’s work emphasizes the beauty and style of her subjects while exploring contemporary modes of Black representation. Between Us brings together images produced in-studio and outdoors to focus on the Mississauga-based artist’s intuitive and collaborative approach toward portraiture and the intimate relationship between photographer and subject.

Charlton’s models are a combination of friends, family, and people she connects with through Instagram. Already aware of how her subjects opt to present themselves on social media, Charlton is interested in working with her subjects to explore alternative avenues of self-expression. While she remains inspired by digital representation, she chooses to work in film, using a medium-format camera. This analogue process is intentionally slower, more technical, and less immediate.

“In my photography, I’m trying to create a visual style that is uniquely my own,” Charlton says. “Regardless of the shoot, I aim to capture my subjects in a timeless way that gives the model a sense of strength and evokes intrigue or connection with the viewer.”

About the Photographer

Jorian Charlton is a Mississauga-based photographer. She earned a Bachelor of Photography at Sheridan College and has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Art Museum, University of Toronto; Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough; and Gallery TPW, Toronto. Her work is included in the travelling exhibition The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, which was first curated for the 2021 edition of Arles Les Recontres de la Photographie. Charlton has created a number of public art projects in Toronto including Untitled (Angaer) on Shaw Street with Critical Distance Centre for Curators and Wedge Curatorial Projects (2021); Whak, Mo and Angaer at 330 Bay Street with Toronto’s Year of Public Art (2021); and most recently Georgia at 460 King Street West with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (2022). She is represented by Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto.

Free Programming at the AGM

Poetic Voices
Sunday, May 7, 2023

Through the art of storytelling and poetry, Nadine Williams will share some of the lived experiences and creative expressions that have fostered wellness in her life. This edition of Poetic Voices focuses on the AGM’s current exhibition, Jorian Charlton: Between Us, as a reference point to discuss various forms of creativity.

Attendees will be encouraged to unearth their creative expressions as a tool for fostering their own well-being. They will have the opportunity to share with the group in an interactive session. For more information and to register, visit

Portfolio Reviews
Monday, May 8, 2023

Complementing the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s exhibition Jorian Charlton: Between Us, the Art Gallery of Mississauga is offering a free portfolio review day for photo-based artists.

This opportunity allows participants to meet one-on-one with three industry professionals, show their work and receive valuable feedback and personal guidance on their careers. Joining the review panel are curator and founder of Cooper Cole, Simon Cole, who represents the artist Jorian Charlton; Mississauga-based photographer Fausta Facciponte; and curator and writer Lillian O’Brien Davis.

If you would like feedback on work-in-progress or a completed body of work, advice on how to present work, or are looking to gain insight about exhibition opportunities, the AGM FREE Portfolio Review is an ideal opportunity for you. For more information and to register, visit Spaces are limited to 15 participants.

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