Jorian Charlton, Untitled (Georgia), 2020. 

Out of Many

Jorian Charlton 

Curated by Emilie Croning

February 6 - April 17, 2021


Wedge Curatorial Projects in collaboration with Gallery TPW is pleased to present Out of Many. The exhibition pairs vintage 35mm slides from Jorian Charlton's family archive from the 1970s and 80s in Jamaica, Toronto, and New York with her own photographic practice that explores new visual references around Black aesthetics and Jamaican-Canadian identity. Out of Many foregrounds the intersections between public and private histories, asking: how do private materials such as family archives interact and transform a public space? Both the exhibition and archive explore the fluidity of the immigration story, new ways of thinking about Caribbean-Canadian culture, and rediscover the family album through a contemporary lens.

While the slides––taken by and given to Charlton by her father––present familiar representations of home, freedom, and agency, in her own work Charlton visualizes new ways of storytelling. Together, these images create a tangible archive of what was, what is, and what will become––one, out of many.

 

 


Programming 

Exhibition Launch & IG Walk-Through
Saturday, February 6, 3–4pm
Artist Jorian Charlton and curator Emilie Croning lead a walk-through of Out of Many to kick off a private exhibition opening. The event will be live-streamed on Wedge and Gallery TPW’s Instagram story: @wedgetoronto and @gallertpw.


Yaniya Lee & Antwaun Sargent: In Conversation

Tuesday, February 9, 5–7pm

Online Zoom webinar 

In this conversation writer and editor Yaniya Lee, and curator and art critic Antwaun Sargent, discuss Black aesthetics, public and private histories, and the transformative power of the family album.

To register, please click here

 

Vintage Black Canada Instagram Takeover

February 15–21

Online Instagram @wedgetoronto and @vintageblackcanada

Throughout the week, Aaron Francis of Vintage Black Canada curates Jorian Charlton’s family archive via Instagram posts, stories, and live stories and reflects on creating spaces for archived family histories. Special appearances on live stories by Charlton, curator Emilie Croning, and other local artists.

 

Youth Reading Group: VIBE Arts 

Wednesday, March 17, 1–3pm

Artist Jorian Charlton, curator Emilie Croning, and curatorial assistant Syndé Barnes-Wright lead a youth reading group from VIBE Arts through themes in the exhibition anchored in bell hooks’ “In Our Glory: Photography and Black Life”.

 

Exhibition Tour

Saturday, April 3, 1–3pm

Online Zoom webinar / In-person, Gallery TPW, 

Artist Jorian Charlton and curator Emilie Croning tour the audience through Out of Many reflecting on family histories, stories around immigration, and identity. The tour will conclude with an extended Q&A and audience discussion.

To register, please click here

All events are free admission. Out of Many is presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects, in collaboration with Gallery TPW, and with the generous support of the TD Ready Commitment.

Biographies

Jorian Charlton is a portrait photographer based in Toronto. Her work focuses on Jamaican- Canadian culture through her personal experiences, highlighting beauty and style when it comes to contemporary modes of black representation. She explores reflections of identity and diasporic relationships to homeland, while her poetic approach to these themes characterizes her method of visual storytelling.


Emilie Croning is a Toronto-based emerging curator, artist, and scholar. Her work explores notions around identity and representation through visual language, working at the intersections of feminist theories, post-colonialism, and art history. She received her BFA in Art History & Studio Art from Concordia University (Montreal) and an MA in Art History with a Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture Diploma from York University (Toronto).


Sydné Barnes-Wright is a curious conscious whose creativity is formed through the exploration of storytelling with the fusion of garment making, photography and material culture.She is a graduate of George Brown College with a Diploma in Fashion Design and Techniques and is currently attending OCADU for Material Arts + Design. 

 

Wedge Curatorial Projects is a non-profit organization with a focus on Black identity in contemporary art. Wedge organizes exhibitions and lectures that explore Diasporic narratives, identity and issues of representation. For further information contact Wedge Director, Kenneth Montague, kenneth@wedgecuratorialprojects.org or Maria Kanellopoulos, maria@wedgecuratorialprojects.org. Visit Wedge's website for more details. #joriancharltonoutofmany

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