Summer 2024 Exhibition at Latcham Art Centre

Left to right: John Delante, Nino Jan, 2022, film photography; Joel Rodriguez, El Camino de mi alma, n.d., framed silver gelatin print with hand embroidery, 8” x 4”. All artwork courtesy of the artists.

The part of me that recognizes you
Steven Beckly, John Delante, Christina Leslie, and Joel Rodriguez

July 19 – August 24, 2024
Reception: Friday, July 19, 7 – 9pm
Latcham Art Centre, Stouffville
Admission free. All welcome.

How do we express the evolving experience of belonging to a place or culture? How is belonging felt among friends, lovers, and family? The part of me that recognizes you invites us to explore these questions through the works of Steven Beckly, John Delante, Christina Leslie, and Joel Rodriguez, who present deeply personal images of connection.

Beckly’s evocative photos explore the dynamics of intimate relationships entangled with nature. Using sculptural elements, his images reveal how personal bonds and nature intertwine to create a profound sense of belonging. Delante presents two compelling series of photos containing vignettes of Cebu and Toronto, which chronicle his experience as a first-generation Filipino immigrant in Canada and subsequent visits to his hometown. Leslie offers photos that pay homage to her parents amidst the societal taboos of interracial relationships in the 1970s. Rodriguez presents embroidered photos that recontextualize everyday memories with fresh perspective, exploring what it means to belong in a world that can often feel foreign.

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 19, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Remarks begin at 7:30pm. Latcham Art Centre acknowledges the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville for their exhibition support.

Left to right: Christina Leslie, The Album – Beginning, 2021, photograph, 11” x 14”; Steven Beckly, Like Old Friends, 2023, inkjet prints on tissue paper, 24.5” x 37”. All artwork courtesy of the artists.

About the Artists:

Steven Beckly (he/they) is a Chinese-Canadian artist and photographer residing in Tkaronto/Toronto. Recent solo projects include Root of the Tongue at Montgomery’s Inn Museum, Etobicoke, part of the Toronto History Museums’ Artist Mentorship Showcase: Pride; and Phantom Eye, a public art project commissioned by Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver. Beckly’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Scarborough; Stride Gallery, Calgary; Remai Modern, Saskatoon; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Beckly is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery.

John Delante is a visual artist working in photography based in Toronto, Canada. His work explores themes of home, belonging and identity that draws from personal and shared experiences. His practice is currently informed by capturing fleeting moments, exploring the concept of finding one’s place and speculative futures shaped by personal histories. John graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Photography Studies (Honours) at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Christina Leslie is a lens-based artist from Toronto, who earned a B.F.A. from OCADU in 2006 and an M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2022. Her art practice focuses on themes that delve into decolonization, identity, immigration, marginalization, history, memory, race, and her West Indian background, which she explores via various experimental photography methods and text. Leslie’s photographs have been exhibited at various institutions across the globe, including The GAMU in Prague, Oakland University in Michigan, The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada’s Pier 21, The Art Gallery of Windsor, The Caribbean Art Fair in Jamaica, The McMaster Museum of Art, Paris Photo art fair and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Her most recent photographic series “Sugar Coat” was recently exhibited at BAND Gallery with support from the Honda Canada Foundation (2023), RIT City Art Space in Rochester, NY as part of the Homecoming Photo Biennial (2023), and will be featured at the Exposure Festival in Calgary 2024. Her “Morant Bay” series was featured prominently at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival and the Capture Festival in Vancouver, where three photos were converted into billboards. She is the 2024 curator SUMMA, a 4th year undergraduate show at the McMaster Museum of Art. Her “EveryTING Irie” series is part of Dr. Kenneth Montague’s “The Wedge Collection” and is in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Leslie is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

Joel Rodriguez is a second-generation Salvadoran-Canadian documentary photographer and visual artist based in Tkaronto (Toronto). In 2019, they received a BFA with Specialized Honours in film production from York University. Their work explores realms of expression within lens-based media, and includes small gauge filmmaking, fine art, and documentary photography, with recent explorations into mixed media that combine embroidery with darkroom photo enlargements. They have exhibited at Gallery 44, Arts Etobicoke, Artscape Daniels Launchpad for the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, and Underscore Projects. In Fall 2022, their work was featured in Photo Ed Magazine. Selected filmography has been shown at The8Fest Film Festival (Certified Organic), and Images Festival (Eclectic City).

About Latcham Art Centre:

Latcham Art Centre is a public art gallery that inspires the community to engage with arts and culture through dedicated exhibitions of contemporary art that reflect a range of artistic media and the cultural diversity of our province. Latcham offers vibrant education programs that cultivate creativity and experimentation through classes, workshops, artist talks, and tours. Latcham Art Centre is located in Stouffville, Ontario, 45 minutes northeast of Toronto with free parking and is accessible via GO Transit. The Gallery is open to the public and admission is free.

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