7 episodes

For almost 200 years, photographers have framed the way we see the world and shaped the visual culture that all of us live within. We spoke to artists, activists, and curators about the representation of African women in photography in relation to a new exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture. Podcast produced by The Walrus Lab.

Sightlines Ryerson Image Centre

    • Visual Arts

For almost 200 years, photographers have framed the way we see the world and shaped the visual culture that all of us live within. We spoke to artists, activists, and curators about the representation of African women in photography in relation to a new exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre, The Way She Looks: A History of Female Gazes in African Portraiture. Podcast produced by The Walrus Lab.

    The future of visual representation of African women

    The future of visual representation of African women

    In our final episode, it’s time to look to the future. What’s next in this important field of visual art? What does the next generation of artists and sitters need in their toolboxes to keep expanding the diversity and representation of African women behind and in front of the camera?

    • 10 min
    Rethinking Colonial Imagery

    Rethinking Colonial Imagery

    In the nineteenth and early twentieth-century, images of African women by Western photographers were presented as ethnographic specimens or exotic curiosities for avid European audiences.

    In Episode 5 of Sightlines, we talked about how the women in these photographs returned the gaze and challenge our assumptions about colonial photography.

    • 11 min
    Art as Activism

    Art as Activism

    There’s a reason we buy art, go to exhibitions, invite our friends, argue about what we’ve seen over the dinner table. It may not be as in-your-face as a protest, or as text-heavy as a speech in Parliament, but that’s what makes it powerful - because it settles into your brain for you to mull over in your own time.

    In Episode 3 of Sightlines, we talked about how art can change the way we look at the world around us.

    This podcast is generously supported by Allan Slaight and Emmanuelle Gattuso.

    • 10 min
    Is there space in the visual culture for a diversity of Black womanhood?

    Is there space in the visual culture for a diversity of Black womanhood?

    Diverse representation. It’s a phrase that’s thrown around in a lot of sectors - hiring, publishing, politics, education and art. 

    In Episode 3 of Sightlines, we talked to photographers, educators and curators about how to diversify who we see in the diaspora of representation in African portraiture. 

    This podcast is generously supported by Allan Slaight and Emmanuelle Gattuso.

    • 11 min
    Collecting and curating art by Black and African artists

    Collecting and curating art by Black and African artists

    Whether you're organizing an exhibition at a gallery or managing an Instagram account, curators must balance historical accuracy with the vision of the artist.

    In Episode 2 of Sightlines, we talk to artists and curators about The Way She Looks - a new exhibition on now at the Ryerson Image Centre.

    • 11 min
    Challenging Mainstream Representations of African Women

    Challenging Mainstream Representations of African Women

    Artists frame the way we see the world --  and their subjects, even in photos where you don’t see their agency, are part of that narrative.

    From colonial imagery to contemporary portraits, THE WAY SHE LOOKS captures the diversity of women in Africa.

    Thanks to artist, curator and educator, Syrus Marcus Ware, Kenneth Montague of Wedge Curatorial Projects, the honourable Jean Augustine, Karen Carter of BAND, and of course Gaelle Morel.

    • 10 min

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