The Femme Project by Toni Latour at Station Gallery
Saturday & Sunday: Noon–4pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am-4:30pm
Until July 6, Station Gallery in Whitby is proud to present the Ontario debut of The Femme Project by Vancouver-based artist Toni Latour.
“Human beings, as a rule, are pack animals. We seek the comfort and safety found in the company of commonality, the relief at being recognized for who and what we are.” – Ivan E. Coyote
The Femme Project is made up of 70 photographs accompanied by wall-mounted text and sound recordings derived from interviews with the participants. The work documents Vancouver’s self-identified queer femme community, focusing specifically on femme identity, representation and politics. Combined, the images, text and sound distinguish this group, defining it in a world where invisibility is common. At the same time, the project illustrates the heterogeneity of any given group, as the participants range in age, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, philosophy and experience.
As maker of and participant in the project, Latour is particularly interested in continued research into ideas and experiences that define and complicate the lives of queer femmes. Vancouver’s queer communities are vast and changing. “Overall,” Latour says, “there is a sense that femme women, especially femme women of colour, feel invisible in both heteronormative and queer worlds.”
In bringing participants in to record their stories and capture their images, The Femme Project relays parts of their lives to wider audiences, both uniting the group and offering insights into their commonalities and differences.
Thursday, June 19 7pm Free
Curator’s Walk & Talk Enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition by Olexander Wlasenko.
Thursday, June 26 7pm
$10 Wave Summer Music on the Station Gallery patio. Explore The Femme Project and then relax on the patio with live acoustic rock by Oshawa-based artists Rory Taillon and Benjamin Reines. Gourmet appetizers included. Cash bar.
- All ages welcome
- Free to attend event
- Accessible space
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