This photography show redefines family with a queer lens

This photography show redefines family with a queer lens

What does family mean in 2018 anyway? What is the construct? Who owns what role? How complex can it be? Thanks to many brave LGBTQ+’s the traditional definition of family has been thrown out the window and we’re making it what we want it to be.

Queering Family Photography is a photo exhibit happening as part of this year’s Contact Photography Festival (running April 21 - May 26) and looks at how our community is recreating families.

Lead curator Elspeth Brown Brown says the show “explores the critical work that queer, trans, and Two-Spirited family photos do in documenting and creating queer modes of belonging--how the emotional attachments of queer family photographs have also sustained LGBTQ2+ lives. The show ... draws on photography to stretch the frame of the family to include queer kinships outside the heteronormative, nuclear family model.”

Here are a few shots featured in the show that warmed our hearts and souls (there over 100 items featured at the actual show), and head to the Stephen Bulger Gallery to see the full project.

 Outdoor photo shoot, digital image, photographer: unknown. Courtesy of The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives and the 2 Spirited People of The 1st Nations.

Outdoor photo shoot, digital image, photographer: unknown. Courtesy of The Canadian Gay and
Lesbian Archives and the 2 Spirited People of The 1st Nations.


 Teo and Matthew, c. 2008, digital image, photographer: unknown. Courtesy of The Family Camera Network, The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives and Teo Owang.

Teo and Matthew, c. 2008, digital image, photographer: unknown. Courtesy of The Family
Camera Network, The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives and Teo Owang.


 Rupert Raj, Michael Camp, and Micheline Johnson, c. 1974, Kodacolor print, 3.5” x 3.5”, The Family Camera Network, The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives, and Rupert Raj. Photographer: unknown.

Rupert Raj, Michael Camp, and Micheline Johnson, c. 1974, Kodacolor print, 3.5” x 3.5”, The
Family Camera Network, The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives, and Rupert Raj. Photographer:
unknown.


Queering Family Photography is presented in partnership with Contact Photography Festival, The Family Camera Network (FamCam) and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA). The show runs from April 21 - May 26 at the Stephen Bulger Gallery. 

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