In Reunions, Steven Beckly reclaims old photographs of same-sex couples, constructing a contemporary album “through the queering of past identities, relationships, and histories,” the Toronto-based artist says. He’s at Toronto Image Works Gallery to May 31, part of the Scotiabank Contact Festival.
Drawn from his collection of studio portraits, snapshots and wartime images from 1880 to 1980, intimate narratives of friendship, family, and love are re-presented to expand contemporary queer discourse and the politics of representation, Beckly says. (Above: installation view)
Steven Beckly is a Toronto-based artist working with photography, publications, text, sculpture, and installation. Expanding on personal histories and intimate realities, his work explores the complexities of relationships, closeness, intimacy, and sexuality. His work has been exhibited, screened, and published nationally and internationally. He is an MFA Candidate at the University of Guelph.
See more of Reunions on his website, here.
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His Tumblr, here.