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Outdoor Photo Exhibit in The Esplanade

An exhibit featuring photographs from members of The Journal collective, curated by 13 young women from the esplanade community.

April & May 2021

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"Curating this exhibit opened my eyes because I am only 11yrs old and I am creating something with other great women. I have always wanted to be a basketball player but people said I can’t because I am a girl, but now I realize that even if I am a girl, I can still do anything I want.”
- a LAINI participant, one of the 13 curators of this exhibit

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ARTISTIC STATEMENT by the 13 young women who curated the exhibit:

 

The way one views the world is the way we all create bonds. 

This exhibit is an opportunity for us, a group of 13 young women, to share our different perspectives, with you.

 

By providing a window onto the world through these photographs, we are creating a platform to express our different experiences of the pandemic, to relate to one another, to talk about emotions, to let go and release, and to understand that even though COVID-19 has affected many countries – and the world at large - the impact it had on individuals was very different. We hope that “caring” for one another is a sentiment that will transpire through this exhibit. 

 

For us, this exhibit is a way to amplify women’s voices. This unique curation process was an exercise of self-affirmation as well as a powerful way to connect with other girls and young women in our community. Being part of this project made us feel like our opinions were heard and validated and we thank you for taking the time to discover this exhibit, which pictures we chose thoughtfully. It was an opportunity for us to discover photographers we didn’t know about, and we are proud to be sharing their art with you today. With this exhibition, we welcome you to our community and to share the magic of the stories in these photos, which express joy, passion, positivity and hope.

 

Depending on your own perspective, these photos will tell a story specific to you, your experience and your views on the world.

Regardless of age, the way one views the world is the way we all create bonds.

LOCATIONS

Site #1 On the fence, on the east-side of Parliament St at Mill Street (Parliament Square Park soccer field)

Site #2 David Crombie Park playground - across the street from the St Lawrence Recreation Centre (Princess St & The Esplanade)

Site #3 South of The Esplanade on Lower Jarvis

CREDITS:

 

Produced and presented by Jamii

In partnership with The Journal Collective

Featured as part of CONTACT

Curated by Abigail MacDonald, Aela Kuria, Afnan Yakot, Alina Khurram, Elizabeth Afeworki, Gennavive Marshall, Helena Maragos, Huda Mourad, Karen Lam, Mysha Khurram, Raecheal Goddard, Ruthmarie Williams, Sophia Leopold-Muresan

 

Curation facilitated by Gillian Mapp and Isorine Marc

Project coordination by Marta Iwanek

 

Supported by the Government of Ontario

THE JOURNAL COLLECTIVE:

 

The Journal is a global collaborative project of more than 400 women* photographers documenting their lives during the coronavirus pandemic. We (the Journal Collective) have turned the camera on ourselves, our families, on intimate moments and private spaces. Organized into 45 groups, we are taking turns to post our work on Instagram. Additionally, we respond to different themes, which are curated by women editors from international media and photo collectives. By focusing on the collective personal, emotional and psychological experiences during this crisis, we are creating compelling visual stories from around the world that bring nuance to the way the current pandemic is being covered.

 

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@thejournal_collective
@womenphotograph

CONTACT, FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY:

 

CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May throughout Toronto and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions, and organizations.

 

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@contactphoto

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Photo by Mariceu Erthal García, a Mexican photographer who uses documentary photography as a bridge to reflect and question the humanitarian issues that cross the Latin American territory. She is currently one of the recipients of the Eugene Smith Memorial Found 2020 and was selected by World Press Photo's 6x6 Global Talent Program (2019).

"Self-portrait on my first long trip during the pandemic, look for a virgin beach so as not to be in contact with people."

@Mariceu_

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Photo by Danielle Villasana, an independent photojournalist based in Istanbul.

"As a photojournalist who spends more time on the road than at home, I've never purchased this much food at a time in my life. Once a week I leave my apartment in Istanbul to buy groceries with my husband, which involves trips to two stores, and we split up to share the load. Walking home—thankfully, downhill—I take breaks and notice how the weight leaves red marks on my wrists and shoulders. While this weekly chore was foreign to me a few weeks ago, it has become a welcome ritual as it's my only venture into the outside world."

@davillasana

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Photo by DeLovie Kwagala, a non binary self taught photographer and activist currently based in South Africa. Their work explores social injustices, identity and gender based sexuality with the intention of shifting the narrative and defying stereotypes.

"Myles, 6 by then, exercising infront of the projector in mbuya, Uganda.

 

During the first lockdown back in April 2020, a-lot of things were different and i found myself as a single parent taking in many more roles than before. I cant teach to save my life so i turned to YouTube for a-lot of school material for my child. This program called PE with Joe did help alot with grounding Myles since i could just let him watch and play along for a bit of calm."

03. Oksana Parafeniuk - oksana_parafeniu

Photo by Oksana Parafeniuk, an independent photographer based in Kyiv, Ukraine.  In addition to her personal projects, Oksana has worked with such international media and organizations as The Washington Post, The New York Times, MSF, UNHCR, Save the Children and others. Oksana co-leads the Women Photograph Kyiv Chapter in Ukraine.

"Olha Habro, 76, puts on a scarf in the living room on October 22, 2020 in Borshchiv, Ukraine. Olha Habro was born and grew up in the village of Borshchiv and cooks very tasty borshch with beans. Borshch is a traditional Ukrainian dish made of meat broth based soup with a lot of different vegetables, predominantly beets and cabbage. Beets give it deep red color."

@oksana_par

01. Asmaa Gamal - Asmaagamal4.JPG

Photo by Asmaa Gamal, an independent photographer and director based in Cairo, Egypt. Her first book, "The Seven Seeds" documents Egypt’s celebration of newborn babies and the second is called "Unforgettable Land." She holds a master's degree in radio and television and was recently selected for the "Info Nile" documentary photojournalism grant.

"These days we face the Corona pandemic. Time passes slowly in it, but the moments of light travel quickly, which are received by my windows overlooking the small corners of the house. My day has become a long journey I am spending with my child. From one window to another, in search of light somewhere."

@asmaa_ga3frie

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Photo by DeLovie Kwagala, a non binary self taught photographer and activist currently based in South Africa. Their work explores social injustices, identity and gender based sexuality with the intention of shifting the narrative and defying stereotypes.

"Raldy, poses for a portrait in her backyard in Buziga, Uganda.

 

I’m a queer person. And i have first hand experienced and witnessed the injustices and oppression that we fave on a daily.

This is an image from my series the Quingdom ~ In Transition that chooses to highlight the authenticity and celebrate the bravery of those of is who still strive everyday to be ourselves regardless of the consequences rather than ficus on the violence and hate that comes embedded with who are when it comes to our country."

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Photo by DeLovie Kwagala, a non binary self taught photographer and activist currently based in South Africa. Their work explores social injustices, identity and gender based sexuality with the intention of shifting the narrative and defying stereotypes.

"Olivia, a member of no white saviors, leads a protest in kampala, Uganda.

 

After George Floyd was killed by police in America, many people across the world protested and marched along demanding for justice.

The No White Saviors, a renowned organization in Uganda to call out white saviorism and supremacy arranged a peaceful protest which ended up in a police raid and all of us were taken in on the grounds of protesting even though we had permission to be there; we were later released with no case."

@deloviephotography

02. Nyimas Laula - Nyimas_Laula_INSIDE00

Photo by Nyimas Laula, an Indonesian photojournalist based in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia. Her works focus on environmental and human rights issues across the country.  She began her journey in 2015 and has since worked with Reuters, The New York Times, National Geographic, and VICE.

"With my own initiative to self-isolate at home, I spent most of my time in the kitchen. Here I'm making a fresh orange juice from foraged tangerine for a daily dose of vitamin C."

@nyimaslaula

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Photo by Ranita Roy, a freelance photographer based in India.

"While stuck at home, I felt depressed during the pandemic lockdown. This image is a representation of mental health during pandemic."

@ranita3roy

03. Irina Unruh - Irina_Unruh_Exhibition

Photo by Irina Unruh, a documentary photographer based in Germany, originally from Kyrgyzstan. Her work focuses on gender issues, mainly in her native country Kyrgyzstan. Since the pandemic, she started a project on gender violence in Germany supported by the National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Her work has received numerous recognitions and was exhibited internationally.

"A quote from the portrayed woman: "I flew to another continent far away. I needed the distance from you and from everything that happened. My soul and my body recovered during this year. I started again to eat. One year later, I flew home as a different person, not broken! " From the series, The Memory Stays - Domestic violence in Germany."

@irinaunruh

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Photo by Ranita Roy, a freelance photographer based in India.

"I feel suffocated sometimes being at the home during pandemic lockdown."

@ranita3roy

02. Nyimas Laula - Nyimas_Laula_INSIDE00

Photo by Nyimas Laula, an Indonesian photojournalist based in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia. Her works focus on environmental and human rights issues across the country.  She began her journey in 2015 and has since worked with Reuters, The New York Times, National Geographic, and VICE.

"Since I have been self-isolating myself, my day to day life has been spent on staring into computer screen, trying to keep my mind occupied, though my mind so often wanders. Here my thoughts wander to my Mom, who's a retired public health consultant, still occasionally went on and off to the frontline to help. We live separately on different island, but her presence is near as her blanket wrap around my body, keeping me warm every night."

@nyimaslaula

05. Gaia Squarci - gaiasquarci_HAZE_001.

Photo by Gaia Squarci, an Italian photographer based in New York City and Milan.

"Ebony Kinch, who brings food to patients at Woodhull Hospital, tells me about the day she had to feed patients in the ER. “I’ve never seen anything like that. I had to call out sick the next day. It was like a movie that I watched. I walk into the emergency room and everybody is laying down, looking half-dead. It was flooded, people in the gurneys, people in chairs. Everybody is at home watching the news. They don't see what I see. This has been one of the toughest times besides me growing up.” Brooklyn, New York City."

@gaiasquarci

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Photo by Rehab Eldalil, a freelance photographer based in Cairo, Egypt

"As an engineer and an extreme extrovert, my husband Hazem isn't used to working from home. As we now share space and daily routines, he has become part of my creative process which I would normally experience while he is at the office."

@rehabeldalil

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Photo by Clara Vannucci, an Italian documentary photographer mostly focused on the Criminal Justice System.

"San Giovanni di Dio Hospital, Florence, Italy. April 2021. Federico Piacentini and his intern Maria Teresa Verna taking a break on the terrace right outside the Covid 19 ward."

@claravannu

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"The connected, rooted in the liquid of life is sacred."

@tahilasnap

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Photo by Serra Akcan, a freelance photographer in Istanbul since 1999, who produce photography, multimedia and video projects focusing on gender equality, religious and ethnic minorities, migration, environmental issues. Besides her visual work, she coordinates photography workshops with women, children and youth mainly to share experience, knowledge and keep up with the young generation.

"Women gather in many cities of Turkey to protest the debate on leaving the Istanbul Convention, which was prepared to protect women and lgbti+ people from male violence that has been signed by Turkey in 2011. Police blocked the crowd in Izmir and didn’t let people march."

@serraakcan

05. Tahila Mintz - Tahila_1_Ojisda__Fire

Photo by Tahila Mintz, an Indigenous Yaqui/Jewish woman based in Haudenosaunee Territory. She is an ancestral scribe working around the world in Photography, Film and Virtual Reality to amplify the voices of indigenous women and fight for the natural world.

"Everyday Indigenous women are taken. They are kidnapped, raped, killed. This goes unreported in the news and ignored by Police. My sisters are warriors and I stand with this fight. I say their names every day. Together we are healing the traumas of colonization. The imposed systems of patriarchy are being dismantled by my sisterhood. We bring back a healthy thriving Matriarchal Society. (Self Portrait)"

@tahilasnap

04. Erica canepa - EricaCanepa_Argentina

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"These days are forcing me to look into myself using new eyes. I stare at my fragility and I slightly shake. Learning how to embrace this vulnerability it’s hard, but I’m on this way."

@ericacanepa

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"This is a portrait series that examines the mental health and future prospects of teens who have been in isolation in Los Angeles since March 17, 2020. Mia lives in East Los Angeles with her family. She is first generation American and wants to go to school for Journalism."

@alysonaliano

@alysonaliano

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Photo by Iman Al-Dabbagh, a photographer from and based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, whose work focuses on identity, taboos in conservative societies, and the unnoticed stories in-between.

"My daughter dancing in her room during the 24 hr lockdown. She has not left the house since March 17 and has not been in school since March 8. "

@photosbyiman

04. Andrea Hernandez - AndreaHernandezBr

Photo by Andrea Hernández Briceño, a Venezuelan photographer and National Geographic Explorer based in Caracas. She covers everything that touches the social sphere.

"Alfred Flores, 5, holds a bunch of quenettes in Patanemo, Venezuela, on July 17, 2020.  “He’s a demon”, everyone says. This just means that he’s a restless kid, not that he’s possessed by the devil or something."

@andrernandez

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Photo by Analía Cid, a documentary photography, sociologist and feminist activist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. "I currently work as a primary health care worker and last year I decided to document the experiences my coworkers and I have gone through because of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes other care workers that are not usually described as ones, like community leaders who provide meals for their families, friends and neighbors."

"Sole and Moni, two migrant women from Paraguay, prepare a typical dish called 'sopa paraguaya' that will be distributed for their neighbors in the soup kitchen of the civil association Los Amigos of Barrio Sarmiento, Villa Ballester, San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, July 24, 2020."

@analia.cid

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"The COVID-19 enforced lockdown in India was announced on March 25 with only 4 hours prior notice leaving the nation in a state of frenzy. Faced with their dwindling savings due to unemployment during the lockdown millions of migrant workers made the decision to return to their hometowns from cities around India, sparking the biggest human exodus in India since the partition."

@samlaks

04. Morena Pérez Joachin - 4MPJ_L129027

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"Self portrait. The steps of our Ancestras. An investigative work about my identity as a women mestiza and maya grandmother. "

@WMORENA

05. Anja Matthes - 2020-11-09-Bianca-597

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"The underground NYC Kiki Ballroom scene, is a community self-organized by LGBTQ youth of color, which provides an alternative to high-risk behaviors, as well as a support system that is a form of survival and resistance for a marginalized group that is frequently a target of violence, homelessness, racism, and transphobia. Kiki “houses” function as surrogate families for youth living separated from their parents, collectively empowering and educating its members. Bianca, a transwoman says, -Here I found family that accepts me.-"

@Anja_Matthes

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"The pandemic has caused social injustices to escalate. In Colombia, many families have used the red cloth as a symbol to tell the government that there is no money, no food and that they are starving."

@docteurmiller