LOOKS LIKE US
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
"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
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.
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
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.
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.