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Landed: Together in Canada

Landed: Together in Canada

Landed: Together in Canada
Multimedia Installation by Sarah Foy

Landed: Together in Canada is a multimedia installation by Toronto-based artist Sarah Foy. It is composed of photographs and audio recordings that tell the stories of same-sex binational couples who immigrated to Canada because they could not live together in the United States. The photographs are taken in the style of “passport photos” because one of Foy’s primary intentions with this project was to create a record of the existence of these couples, just as passport photos create a record of the existence of individuals. This aesthetic approach aligns with the rigid nature of the legislative and bureaucratic systems that forced many of these couples into de facto exile. Foy spent hours talking to these couples, listening to their stories of how they struggled to stay together, how they decided to immigrate to Canada, and how recent changes in U.S. law will (or will not) affect their plans for the future. Excerpts from these conversations can be heard in the gallery.

The U.S. government may know that these individuals no longer reside in the country. What it does not know is that they left the country because they could not sponsor their foreign-national partners for residence in the U.S.

The struggle for LGBTQ rights is one of the final frontiers in the struggle for human rights in the U.S. Landed aims to increase awareness about issues faced by same-sex binational couples at a key point in the struggle for equality, and it highlights Canada’s role as a haven for same-sex binational couples. Canada has some of the most gay-friendly legislation in the world and offers more pathways for legal immigration than many, if not all, other countries that recognize same-sex relationships. This has prompted many binational couples with no prior connection to Canada to seek refuge here.

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May 24-25: 10am–4pm
May 28: 7:30–10pm (opening reception; all are welcome!)
May 29-31: 11am–3pm
June 5–7: 11am–3pm
June 12–14: 11am–3pm
June 19: 11am–3pm
June 20–28: 1–5pm
June 29: 11am–5pm

• All ages welcome
• Free to attend event

Event Date: June 13, 2020
Event Start Time: 11:00 AM
Event Location: The RBC Emerging Artists Project Gallery in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre 189 Yonge St., Toronto

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