Opening Reception: 10 May 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm, Remarks at 7:30pm
On-View: May 10 – July 1, 2019
On May 10, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm, join us at the SPAO Centre – School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa for the opening reception of the 2019 CANADIANA exhibition, Summer Camp. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada, the exhibition features lens-based artworks produced over the last five decades by LGBTQ2+ artists from across the country. The exhibition is co-curated by SPAO Gallery Manager Michael Davidge and Creative Director Jonathan Hobin in consultation with a wide range of Canadian curators and artists.
Hobin states, “The incredible input we got from across Canada guided us as we put together this amazing showcase of established artists like Kent Monkman and Evergon as well as emerging artists like Dayna Danger and B.G-Osborne.” Highlighting camp as both a sensibility and a site in the Canadian landscape, the exhibition also features works by Steven Beckly, David Buchan, Colin Campbell, Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, Michelle Mohabeer, and Paul Wong. A text by art writer and curator Daniella Sanader accompanies the exhibition.
SPAO is partnering with the Qu’ART – Ottawa Queer Arts Collective to present the exhibition as part of the Qu’ART meta-festival, a year-long collaborative program that broadens LGBTQ2+/ queer artistic activity and encourages intergenerational knowledge-sharing within our communities. In conjunction with the exhibition, SPAO is also partnering with Qu’ART and the Ottawa International Writers Festival to host the London-based artist, writer and designer Paul Harfleet and The Pansy Project, an important international anti-homophobia initiative. Harfleet has planted almost 300 individual pansies at sites of homophobic abuse around the world. The Ottawa component of the project will premiere in SPAO’s Photo-Synthesis Garden on May 10.