CONTACT EXHIBITION OPENS IN MISSSAUAGA
Mississauga-based photographer Jorian Charlton has debuted her latest exhibition, "Between Us," at the Mississauga Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases ten pieces of photography, mostly featuring women and young girls, and explores contemporary modes of Black representation through personal experiences and community themes.
Charlton, who is of Jamaican-Canadian descent, uses her photography to capture the beauty and strength of her subjects while evoking a sense of connection and intrigue with the viewer. "Regardless of the shoot, I aim to capture my subjects in a timeless way that gives the model a sense of strength," says Charlton. "A big part of my work is of friends and family and the community, of course."
artist and her son in front of her wall size portrait (right)
The exhibition includes a variety of photographs taken in non-studio environments, such as in homes or outdoors. One of the most notable pieces is a photograph of a little girl's face dominating an entire wall, taken in Charlton's home. Another photograph features two men in drag in front of a woman, while another captures a model descending a staircase.
Curated by Shannon Anderson, "Between Us" is part of the month-long Contact Photography Festival in Toronto and runs from April 25 to June 25, 2023. The exhibition is grounded in interpersonal connections and reflects varied expressions of cultural and individual identity.
Charlton, who is 33 years old, was born in Canada to Jamaican parents. She is represented by Toronto's COOPER COLE GALLERY and will have her work featured in a group show in Chicago later in the year.
portrait of a child (left)
While Charlton uses digital cameras for some of her photography, she prefers to use a medium format film camera. Her work straddles the worlds of fashion photography and intimate portraiture, highlighting themes of Black family life, intimacy, community, and love.
The Mississauga Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Civic Centre building, right on Celebration Square and across the street from Square One Mall and the Living Arts Centre.
Charlton's "Between Us" exhibition offers a unique perspective on contemporary Black representation through personal experiences and community themes. Through her photography, she captures the strength and beauty of her subjects while evoking a sense of connection and intrigue with the viewer. The exhibition runs until June 25, 2023, and is a must-see for those interested in exploring the intersection of fashion and portraiture.