AGO/CONTACT International Photography Talks: Free Black North Explored



Join us for a conversation lead by Julie Crooks, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s newly appointed assistant curator of photography, on her exhibition Free Black North. The exhibition features close to 30 rarely seen photographs of men, women and children living in Ontario in the mid-to-late 1800s, many of whom were descendants of Black refugees who escaped enslavement in the southern United States. The program includes a panel of artists, writers and scholars who will discuss how, historically, Black Canadian communities used photography as a tool to visualize and lay claim to their complex histories, and how these issues shape the lives of Black Canadians today.

The AGO and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival present a landmark series of talks featuring leading international artists and thinkers reflecting on the history and future of photography and its impact on our culture.

Supported by Penny Rubinoff. Free tickets available online at ago.net.