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I'll be your Mirror

  • Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery 101 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON, N2H Canada (map)

Stephanie Comilang, Erika DeFreitas, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Neil Goldberg, Milutin Gubash, Vivek Shraya

Curated by Crystal Mowry

Opening Reception: Friday 5 October, 8 pm
Artist Talk featuring Erika DeFreitas at 7pm

Prior to the advent of digital photography, a mirror was an essential part of a camera’s anatomy. The mirror inside a camera’s body enabled light to travel from the lens to the viewfinder so that the photographer could see what the mirror saw. Each pivot of that mirror would freeze an image on film, allowing a moment to be reproduced ad infinitum.

For many of us, our first introduction to photography is grounded in the discovery of our own subjectivity. As children, we perform in front of the lens, acting out a narrative shaped by our parents and the manner in which they prefer to remember us. With adulthood comes the awareness that we are part of a continuum of physical likeness – a sense that we are catching up in some way or another with our own past.

I’ll be your Mirror convenes the work of contemporary artists who enlist their parents in their practice. Working across various lens-based strategies to revisit and reinvent found images, each artist proposes multiple ways of understanding familial intimacy. Some choose to engage their parents as performers in both absurd and poetic capacities, as a subject or a disembodied narrator. Others lean on their parents to provide a tether to the past and to question the formation of identity. Tender and unflinchingly honest, these works spur us to think about how expectation inevitably shapes intergenerational relationships, often in ways that only make sense when we are grown.

Earlier Event: September 30
Connections and Context
Later Event: October 12
Totems and Linescapes