Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard

Category
2012, Art, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto, Temporary Exhibit
Tags
1980s, 1990s, contemporary art, HIV and AIDS, identity, photography, queer interest, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, University of Toronto
About This Project

Date: April 28 – June 30, 2012

Partner: Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

Venue: University of Toronto Art Centre – map

Project Members: Diana Gore, Renée van der Avoird, and Julia Cyr

 

Between 1985 and his death in 2002, famed American photographer, Robert Giard (1940-2002) took nearly 600 black and white portraits of gay and lesbian literary figures, usually in their homes. In the wake of the AIDS crisis, Giard felt compelled to document and celebrate queer histories and literature. Giard’s portraits commemorate pioneers of an emerging queer identity and reflect a spirit of activism that remains to this day.

 

A featured exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Just As You Are: Portraits by Robert Giard includes 40 vintage prints from the Estate of Robert Giard, and eight photographs of Canadian gay and lesbian writers recently donated to the University College Collection by Jonathan Silin, Giard’s partner of 30 years.

 

Presented in conjunction with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute, and the Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva, and Elizabeth.