Shadows to Silver: A Retrospective
July 7 - September 3, 2017
Opening Reception: ARTcrawl Saturday, July 8, 2017
Shadows to Silver - A Retrospective explores over 25 years of exhibiting in the career of photographer Michael Chambers. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chambers immigrated to Canada in the late 1970's making his home in the city of Toronto, where he currently resides. The artist's rich and expansive practice is represented by photographic work surveying diverse representations of the human form.
His photographs also carry an awareness of the performativity of constructing an image, bringing awareness to the complex ways in which the camera operates in contemporary culture. More than a mere celebration of beauty, Chambers striking black and white photographs present images in which Black cultural memory is physically inscribed on the body. His images also displace the conventions of advertising photography, negotiating a delicate balance between the political demands of making the body visible and desirable as well as subverting norms expressed by the fashion/beauty industry.
This retrospective exhibition will allow visitors to understand Michael Chamber's diverse output as a multifaceted whole, from the portraits of celebrated Canadian artists and musicians made during his tenure as a senior editor at WORD, Toronto's iconic urban magazine, to rare coloured gum-bichromate prints, and a new series exploring African identity through Albinism. In all, these captivating works demonstrate a modernity that has been "de-centered" evidenced through an evolving aesthetic of cross-culturalism, highlighting subjects of many possible futures and fluid identities.