Special Tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture

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The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture (opening night), 2019 © Clifton Li, Ryerson Image Centre

Special Tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture

Wednesday, December 4, 6 pm
Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Join Gaëlle Morel, RIC Exhibitions Curator, and Kenneth Montague, Founding Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects and The Wedge Collection, for our final behind-the-scenes tour of The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture. The exhibition closes on Sunday, December 8.

Drawn from the extraordinary holdings of The Walther Collection, The Way She Looks revisits the history of African photographic portraiture through the perspectives of women, both as sitters and photographers. Spanning the beginnings of colonial photography on the continent to the present day, the exhibition features contemporary works by female artists, including Yto Barrada, Jodi Bieber, Lebohang Kganye, Zanele Muholi, Grace Ndiritu, and Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko alongside 1950s studio portraits by such important historical figures as Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keïta, and nineteenth-century prints, cartes de visite, postcards, and albums.

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The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture (installation view), 2019 © Larissa Issler, Ryerson Image Centre

ALSO CLOSING ON DECEMBER 8:

Syrus Marcus Ware: Ancestors, Can You Read Us? (Dispatches From The Future)
Toronto-based artist Syrus Marcus Ware imagines a world where racialized people have survived the “Black death spectacle” writ large on the nightly news; survived the catastrophic impact of the Anthropocene; and survived the crushing effects of white supremacy. Commissioned by the Toronto Biennial of Art and the RIC, the artist draws on the shared language of speculative fiction and political activism to transform the Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall into a portal through which the next generation of racialized activists communicate with us, their ancestors, and offer us insights into the future.

Grayson James: After Alexandria
In After Alexandria, Grayson James presents the printed book as a starting point for an aesthetics of collaboration. Using a variety of books and images as source material for exchange, the installation is an ongoing interactive space about reading, annotating, and responding to others. The artist will be on site on select Saturdays to lead readings and open discussion with visitors on a range of themes. More details can be found at ryersonimagecentre.ca.

Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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