ZUN LEE: FADE RESISTANCE
CURATED BY ZUN LEE and KENNETH MONTAGUE
February 1 – 28, 2016
The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
Opening Friday February 5, 7 – 10pm.
Artist will be present.
Launch Party Friday February 5, from 10pm.
Featuring a DJ set by Rollie Pemberton (aka Cadence Weapon)
Panel Discussion Sunday February 7, 12-2pm
A panel of artists, curators and photography specialists discuss self-representation. Featuring Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Julie Crooks, Sophie Hackett, Liz Ikiriko and Zun Lee, moderated by Wedge director Kenneth Montague. The panel will feature presentations from the panelists on the topics of self-representation and vernacular photography followed by a discussion and Q&A period.
#MyTake Saturdays Saturday February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2-4pm
Guest artists and curators will provide exhibition tours and Polaroid workshops.
Fade Resistance is an archival project by Toronto-based artist Zun Lee. In 2012, Lee came upon a box of Polaroid pictures featuring families at birthday parties, siblings at the pool, friends at a club; he has since amassed a sizeable and significant collection. This exhibition seeks to restore the narrative impact of these thousands of African American vernacular images, taken from the early 1970s to the early 2000s. These photographs were produced without the intention of being seen, or judged, by those outside of an intimate circle. By showing how black families documented themselves throughout recent decades, this exhibition sparks meaningful conversations around issues of agency and empowerment in the depiction of the black community.
A Wedge Curatorial Project supported by the TD Bank Then and Now program, Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, and The Gladstone Hotel.