Outside These Walls: Photographs by Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli
Curated by Pamela Edmonds
27 February – 07 May 2017
CUAG Spring Art Party, Thursday, 30 March 2017, 7:00 p.m.
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This exhibition brings together photographic works by Toronto-based artists Yannick Anton and David Ofori Zapparoli whose respective imagery share a community-focused and collaborative approach to documenting urban life and its people. Zapparoli has represented the visual history of Canadian cities for over 30 years, the majority of his work is informed by a strong social realist approach. Until 1999, he had focused on the public housing development of Regent Park, putting a human face on the stigmatized and transitional community of which he had been a part of since his teens. Anton’s candid and energetic photographs draw stylistic inspiration from the youthful, street, fashion, music and queer-positive cultures that he captures. Together both artists’ compelling works present unique and unapologetic insights into diverse landscapes and lives, addressing the systemic barriers that they expose and refute, while re-imagining regimes of the image away from fixed inscriptions of race, gender, class and corporeality.
The conversation with Yannick Anton, David Ofori Zapparoli, Pamela Edmonds and Kwende Kefentse is available on CUAG’s You Tube channel