Billboard on Shaw: Jorian Charlton
March 8 - May 9, 2021
Billboard on Shaw presented by Gallery TPW in partnership with Critical Distance, featuring Untitled (Angaer) by Jorian Charlton, 2020.
The individuals in Jorian Charlton’s photographs become stand-ins for everyday Black folks, whose beauty and culture often lack recognition and representation as they are. Taking cues from fashion photography, Charlton’s way of working emphasizes her sitter’s active role in being photographed.
Here, Charlton carefully captures the movement in her muse’s hair, distilling a sense of freedom and agency. She is unbound by the static nature of the frame.
Curated by Emilie Croning, Wedge Curatorial Projects
About the Artist
Jorian Charlton is a portrait photographer based in Toronto. Her work focuses on Jamaican-Canadian culture through her personal experiences, highlighting beauty and style when it comes to contemporary modes of Black representation. She explores reflections of identity and diasporic relationships to homeland, while her poetic approach to these themes characterizes her method of visual storytelling.
About the Curator
Emilie Croning is a Toronto-based emerging curator, artist, and scholar. Her work explores notions around identity and representation through visual language, working at the intersections of feminist theories, post-colonialism, and art history. She received her BFA in Art History & Studio Art from Concordia University (Montreal) and an MA in Art History with a Curatorial Studies in Visual Culture Diploma from York University (Toronto).