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Zun Lee: Fade Resistance | An Exhibition of Found Polaroids

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Zun Lee: Fade Resistance

February 1-28, 2016

Fade Resistance is an archival project that seeks to restore the narrative impact of thousands of found African American vernacular Polaroid photographs. The images exhibit the richness and complexity of the lives depicted and fill a representational gap in the history of snapshot photography.

The ability to make instant hard copy snapshots was alluring. Everyday moments could be captured, viewed and shared without delay or interference. There was a performative aspect to making some Polaroids, while others reflect day-to-day family life. These images reflect the way black people saw themselves on their terms – without the intention of being seen, or judged, by others.

Fade Resistance is a reminder that there is a vivid recent history of Black visual self-representation. This archive offers a contemporary counter-narrative to mainstream distortion and erasure. By showing how black families documented themselves throughout recent decades, this exhibition aims to spark meaningful conversation around issues of agency and empowerment in the depiction of the black community.

Lee has shown his work in solo and group exhibits in New York City, Washington DC, Toronto, Paris, Perpignan, Orlando and Los Angeles and his work has been featured in numerous international publications. Selected honours and awards include: Magnum Foundation Fellow (2015), Photo District News Photo Annual Winner (2015), and Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook Awards Shortlist (2014). Wedge Curatorial Projects is a non-profit organization that promotes alternative perspectives on community and culture, and explores the African presence in contemporary art. Under the directorship of founder Kenneth Montague, since 1997 Wedge has worked with local and international organizations to create original exhibitions, collaborated with guest artists and curators, hosted lectures and educational programs, published books, and produced film and music series that speak to youth about shaping their own identity.

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Opening Reception on 2nd floor February 5th from 7-10; then Launch Party there after from 10pm-late in the Ballroom on the main floor.

Featuring a DJ set by Rollie Pemberton (aka Cadence Weapon)

Panel Discussion Sunday February 7, 12-2pm

A panel of artists, curators and photography specialists discuss self-representation. Featuring Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Julie Crooks, Sophie Hackett, Liz Ikiriko and Zun Lee, moderated by Wedge director Kenneth Montague. The panel will feature presentations from the panelists on the topics of self-representation and vernacular photography followed by a discussion and Q&A period.

#MyTake Saturday February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2-4pm

Guest artists and curators will provide exhibition tours and Polaroid workshops Zun Lee is an award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator. He was born and raised in Germany and has lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. He currently resides in Toronto. Lee’s interest in the representation of Black life has been the foundation of his practice as exemplified through his recent projects Father Figure (2013) and Fade Resistance, which has received international acclaim.