Exhibits to explore how photography creates 'visibility for queer people'

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TORONTO - A pair of Toronto exhibitions this summer will explore the role of photography in creating "visibility for queer people," says curator Sophie Hackett.

"Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography," opening June 18 at the Art Gallery of Ontario, will present works that consider the practice of drag.

The related show "What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility" will be staged simultaneously at the Ryerson Image Centre and focus on how press images and snapshots have helped bring about a sense of common experience within gay communities, said a release.

Hackett, the AGO's associate curator of photography, is organizing both shows. They will coincide with the city's WorldPride 2014 festival, which runs June 20-29, and continue through the summer.

Works will be drawn from the AGO's photography collection, Ryerson University's Black Star Collection, the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and other courses.

Organizations: Art Gallery of Ontario, Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University Canadian Lesbian

Geographic location: TORONTO

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