Station Gallery presents Steve Kean: Spina Bifida – Front to Back
September 10 – October 16, 2016
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m. | Free to attend, cash bar
Curated by Olexander Wlasenko
“For the first time in my artistic practice, I am examining how people like me, who live with this condition, view themselves and seek to claim their power and beauty.” – Steve Kean.
Station Gallery is pleased to present Spina Bifida – Front to Back. This photography exhibit is as much about the dignity of people as it is about the condition. It is about how people with spina bifida inhabit their bodies. For each person, Kean produces two images – a traditional portrait on a white background to introduce the viewer to the person and a second image of the person’s back.
Kean started this project in 2013. The project isn’t meant to explain spina bifida, but to explore the strength, beauty and humanity of people with disabilities.
“With each new exhibition, artists and art experiences open our eyes and ears to a range of stories and imagery. Toronto-based photographer Steve Kean has created a moving suite of paired images with text. Kean celebrates each individual voice in his series, uncovering the beauty of human form with his camera,” says Olex Wlasenko, curator.
“Station Gallery is a fully accessible space that offers art programs for all ages and abilities,” says Kerri King, CEO. “We are thrilled to present Steve Kean’s series of images. As a public gallery, SG strives to present and explore a wide range of experiences and voices from our community and beyond.”
Station Gallery invites you to an evening Opening Reception, featuring an Artist Talk with Steve Kean on Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m.
Also opening on September 15:
SG Rocks (sculpture exhibition featuring work by Stuart Blower, Malcolm Campbell, Gail Cunningham, Grant Davis, Rob Hudyma, Beth MacDonald, Danny Quail and Gordon Reidt)
Animal, Mineral, Vegetable (exhibition featuring works from the SG Permanent Collection, curated by Olex Wlasenko)
UOIT/Durham College Art Club in the yourSpace Community Gallery
Liz Menard: Fallen Leaves in the artCube