July 5 – Aug. 18 2018
This past spring the Latcham Gallery offered an open call to artists across Ontario, looking for artwork that engages with the themes of activism and advocacy. Together these works reflect on various ways one can advocate for change and how such experiences can be represented and documented.
These ‘portraits’ of protest tell stories about the human condition, the persistent challenges we face globally and locally, and the importance of carving out space to be seen and heard. Consider what visual tools you might employ to create a dialogue around issues that impact you.
Elisa Coish, Curator.
Lorraine Parow (Toronto) celebrates community and female empowerment in her photographic sculptural work, Wimmin Rising: Planting Positive Words. Twenty-three small documentary images of hand-written inspirational quotes and messages are individually framed and installed in the shape of the Venus symbol. The sculptural object transforms as one looks more closely and a series of ‘positive flash cards’ created as part of a participatory workshop at a woman’s festival reveal themselves. The driving force of this initiative was to prioritize uplifting words and positive messaging for the community. Parow translates this collective experience documenting the signs throughout the site and creating her own sign for these ideas in the cultural form of the Venus symbol.
Elisa Coish, Curator The Latcham Gallery
“These tiny images are documentary photographs of posters, hand-written by female identified persons, they are small reminders to be delighted by, and heal through. They are intended to invoke memory, to empower and to inspire inclusion.” parow.
“With the new MeToo movement women are more Unbound. To help champion this MeToo movement here is ‘Wimmin Rising Planting Positive Words’ “
Inspiration: The ‘Michigan’ Festival, ‘the expression ‘Be Kind To One Another’ from Ellen
Concept and Design: Lorraine Parow
Photography: Lorraine Parow
Canadian artist Lorraine Parow is a photography graduate from Conestoga College and Fanshaw College. Her work has been included in over 30 exhibitions in both solo and group shows and is included in the permanent collection of The City Of Toronto. As an artist, photographer, creative director and producer, Parow continues to develop a convergence of lens based artwork, dance, and sculpture to reveal the positive in local and/or global social and cultural issues.
http://parowpictures.com http://lorraneparow.com http://scribbleography.ca http://www.lorraineparow.com/cv/