Last Chance to view Career-Spanning Retrospective of Sunil Gupta at The Image Centre

From Here to Eternity. Sunil Gupta, A Retrospective (installation view), 2022 © James Morley, The Image Centre

Three core exhibitions of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival are on view at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre) until Saturday, August 6, 2022

Don’t miss the opportunity to view the works of acclaimed photographer Sunil Gupta at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), on view through Saturday, August 6. From Here to Eternity celebrates the career of this London-based photographer, a disruptive community activist known for drawing on the personal and political in his work, to provoke social change and inspire generations of artists, activists and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights. Featuring street photography, large-scale portraits and staged scenes, this selection of artworks asserts the historically absent representations of pleasure, queer sexuality and bodies of colour upon the viewer.

The accompanying exhibition book From Here to Eternity (Autograph, 2020) tracing Sunil Gupta’s life through his personal archive to investigate the question “What does it mean to be a gay Indian man?” is also available for purchase online and in-person at the gallery.

The RIC is now The Image Centre – read more about our renaming here. See information on upcoming Fall 2022 exhibitions here.



Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Tours by appointment – email for bookings
Wednesday: 12–6 pm
Thursday: 12–6 pm
Friday: 12–6 pm
Saturday: 12–6 pm
Sunday: Closed

Mauvais Genre/Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers (installation view), 2022 © James Morley, The Image Centre


Mauvais Genre/Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers
April 6–August 6, 2022

Comprising over 160 amateur photographs, this exhibition explores a range of practices relating to cross-dressing from the 1880s to the 1980s. It is drawn from the extensive personal archives of French filmmaker and photography collector Sébastien Lifshitz. The selection includes images of spectacular cross-dressers and glamorous drag queens, but also individuals whose transgressive actions are much more discreet and domestic. Taken by mostly unknown photographers, the prints are of unnamed and unknown figures posing for the camera, using the apparel and gestures traditionally assigned to the “opposite sex.” Mauvais Genre/Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers celebrates the collective inventiveness and freedom that the seemingly simple act of dressing differently provides, celebrating self-expression and the diversity of queer and trans spectrum.

Dominique Blain: Dérive/Drift
April 6–August 6, 2022

Sensitive, powerful, and supremely delicate, Dominique Blain’s Drift comprises hundreds of press and amateur images of the sea. Found on the internet and compiled in careful layers, these images gently lift like sails in the breeze to reveal scenes of fragile, makeshift boats floating on perilous waters. This multi-channel video commemorates the countless migrants who flee situations of war, poverty, and violence, sailing in search of freedom.

Heather Rattray: Things That I Know, Things That You Know
June 29–August 6, 2022

Things That I Know, Things That You Know documents a mother-daughter duo’s desire to connect with familial roots through the learning and re-learning of the Dutch language. Rattray chronicles intimate visual representations of their learning process, one that is simultaneously shared and independent of each other due to the distance that separates them, both geographically and in learning styles. In returning to their mother tongue, their familial relationship is transformed, their culture and traditions reclaimed.
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