Chris Curreri: Something Something

2011, Art, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Temporary Exhibit
contemporary art, found objects, photography, queer interest, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the body
About This Project

Date: April 30 – May 31, 2011

Partner: The Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Venue: University of Toronto Art Centre – map

Project Members: Vanessa Fleet and Kristin Stoesz


Provocative and seductive, Curreri’s images construct new and unexpected relationships between the human form and found objects. He treats his models’ bodies as porous and pliable figures that are bent and contorted to destabilize the boundary between subject and object. In Curreri’s work, a given entity becomes subject to an act of “Queering”, implying that things in the world are not defined by essential properties, but rather by the relationships we establish with them. More specifically, his photographs draw attention to the nature of aesthetic experience, suggesting that effort is required in altering conventional modes of perception.


As the exhibition is on the University of Toronto campus, it is intended for a mature audience of students and academics. In addition, the subject matter connects to a number of disciplines, including art history, photography, and queer studies. As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, we expect an audience of people who attend other festival events.


Our sponsors include: The Museum Studies Program of the Faculty of Information, the University of Toronto, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the University of Toronto Art Centre, Ontario Arts Council, and Celebrate Toronto.


Planning for Chris Curreri: Something Something began in December 2010. Over the next three months, we met with Chris regularly to develop a shared vision for the exhibition design and didactics.