Toronto celebrates its diversity. Every day we are placed into a demographic classification: Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Age, Economic Status, etc.
These attributes matter. They are only part of the story.
BeingToronto seeks to expand the story by creating portraits of complexity. By building a temporary photography studio in neighbourhoods across Toronto and creating portraits of passers-by, I have had the opportunity to explore the question of how we understand ourselves and others as complex individuals. In this highly interactive presentation, audience members will be challenged to see, and then begin to consider, how we understand ourselves and others as complex people.
John Beebe is a native New Yorker and Toronto resident. His work has been exhibited at the United Nations and at Hart House in Toronto. After proving his mobile studio/installation concept during the Contact Festival in 2008, he was invited to the Democratic National Convention where he was given exclusive access to build his studio in the heart of the convention center. His intimate portraits of celebrities, delegates and volunteers were featured on JumboTrons during the convention, and garnered attention from publications ranging from the New York Times to the Huffington Post.
John continues to capture the complexity of Toronto as part of his ongoing project, BeingToronto.
* Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Rushdie is a brilliant storyteller who captures the complexity of one of the world’s great complex nations, India.
* Sleeping out under the stars. It never ceases to amazing me.