Sly has been doing intimate work with queer, trans and straight folks in mental health and addictions therapy for years on the West Coast and in Toronto. He brings this sensitivity to understanding the impacts of systemic and interpersonal traumas on identity, resiliency, coping and storytelling to his photography. He explores queer and trans people in all of our unique identities, capturing intimacy in relation to the life surrounding him. Sly tries to be as collaborative and accessible as possible in how he engages with folks that lend their images to his camera. This is about them having a venue to be seen, hopefully, and being centered as active narrators in storytelling that affirms their lives. Sly is also known to create giant slip ‘n slides in public parks and throw events that seek to upset standard narratives of queer, trans, and lgb histories.
(Em)Bodied Love is a collaborative photo narrative project exploring queer and trans people’s relationship to our bodies and identities. Photography is used as a collaborative tool to gently explore the ways in which queer and trans people invoke and iterate (constitute: make happen: edify) knowledge of self in embracing the unknown, or undesirable. Individual participants (Narrators) were invited to engage in a process of self investigation and exposure, examining underlying tensions, constraints and possibilities embedded within us in relation to what is imposed, degraded, or obscured. In the face of societal traumas and erasure, we make visible our bodies, our selves, and the processes we invoke as essential in our ongoing self determination. Sick bodies, disabled bodies, racialized bodies, older bodies, gender non conforming bodies, pregnant queer bodies, and bodies not normally depicted as worthy of self adoration and love in mainstream and queer media are centered. Photography itself is used as an iterative process (of many) to navigate, engage, reject, search for and reinforce our own meanings and desire of our bodies and selfhood. How do we seek wholeness, integrate and marry past, present and future on our own terms, in the face of abject erasure?
Opening Reception is on June 25th from 7-10pm on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floor Galleries.
TSG: Fall to Pieces is a 2 month exhibition of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences of disability, radicalization, class, and other intersectional experiences of identity. The show attempts to interrupt the idea of a homogenous queer community and reimagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds.