Over the past five years, it has become an annual event that is much anticipated among proponents of LGBT art across Canada. And fans of the 10×10 Photography Project will be gratified that the 2015 collection once again colourfully showcases both the photographers and their subjects.
The project “is like a queer arts alumni, honouring some of Canada’s leading queer artists and talented, up-and-coming stars,” says founder and curator James Fowler. “The work that is included in each year’s exhibition and published book just gets better and better…. It has been interesting to watch the project catch the eye of the arts community, who often regard LGBTQ community projects more critically.”
This year’s collection, unveiling 100 additional portraits by 10 photographers, will be on exhibition at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel until August 10.
Among the 10 photograpers who were selected for display this year is IN contributor Michael Pihach, whose monthly “On the Town” feature chronicles high-profile social events within the LGBT community. For the 10×10, Pihach photographed CBC News anchors Michael Serapio and Kevin Sweet, among others.
Notable subjects in this year’s collection include Sarah Diamond, OCAD president; Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO); and Scott Ferguson, president of the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. “My aim was to put these annual exhibitions at the crossroads of the queer and arts communities, respecting their autonomy and honouring their interconnectedness,” explains Fowler, whose paintings have been displayed in several cities in Canada and the U.S.
The 10X10 is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the Gladstone Hotel, PageWave Graphic and Akasha Art Projects. Catalogues of the Fifth Anniversary collection of 10X10 will be on sale at the Gladstone throughout the exhibition for $40. They can also be ordered online at www.10X10photographyproject.com.