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Black Queer & Trans Excellence
June 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Join us for a 12 part, four-week interview series while we sit down with a line up of local community legends, rising stars, and community organizations.
In Conversation with:
Jah Grey is a self-taught photographic artist primarily focused on portraiture who began his career in 2014. His photographs are situated in the resistance of the ideology of hyper-masculinity and heavily focused on creating spaces that are culturally sensitive, transformative, and accessible. Showcasing the struggle between the idealized norm vs the desired embodiment, his works offers an alternative angle on masculinity and gender, one that highlights softness and mindfulness; Quote: “Our notion of masculinity is outdated and I’d love to transform our cookie-cutter idea of masculinity.” Jah’s work adds new perspectives around masculinity by breaking free from unhealthy expectations of traditional masculinity through the lens of a black transman. His practice is inspired by shared experiences of vulnerability; rooted in transparency, living in his truth and being unafraid to show up & be seen. He uses the power of his work to share deep and meaningful stories/experiences of the subject, and the similarities that we share despite our differences and working to produce counter-narratives to patriarchal societal norms about masculinity. These problematic ideas assume notions of masculinity (hyper-masc.) which enforce the idea that men cannot be vulnerable, while overlooking, even punishing men who choose to make their vulnerability visible; this is especially true for black men. His photographs and video installation have been shown across Ontario – including in the Museum Of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Art Gallery of Burlington. He’s also had amazing opportunities to show works across America – including at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York City and in Los Angeles, the National Day of Healing hosted by Ava Duvernay at her ARRAY HQ, and most recently, in Singapore.
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