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What It Means To Be Seen: A Visual History of the Queer Community

By Julien Sauvalle

To celebrate World Pride 2014 in Toronto, The Ryerson Image Centre is presenting two major exhibitions focusing on the LGBTQ community.

On view in the main gallery, What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility (June 18 - August 24, 2014) explores the way photography has historically been used --and misused-- to portray LGBTQ people in the media. Collecting archival material, the exhibition creates a visual record of the gay rights movement since the 1960s, and retraces the history of our struggles and successes in the fight for equality.

PREVIEW: 7 Pictures From What It Means To Be Seen

Also on view at the Centre's University Gallery is Zanele Muholi's series, Faces and Phases, which addresses the representation of black lesbians and queer identity in post-apartheid South Africa. Through a series of striking black and white portraits, Muholi attempts to change the perception of lesbian and trans individuals who suffer from continuous attacks in their native country (on view May 1 – June 1; June 18 – August 24, 2014).

For more information visit Ryerson.ca

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