The Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries (2,500 square feet) are open to the public and free of charge. You can visit anytime to view our ongoing art exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from Regent Park and beyond. Find the Hallway Galleries on the main floor and on the second floor, throughout the hallways.
May 2, 2017 – May 31, 2017 – 2nd floor
This is a story about AIDS and the women so rarely seen. Through stunning large-scale photographic portraits and installations, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of African grandmothers on the frontlines of the global AIDS crisis. Constructed from photographs by Canadian photographer Alexis MacDonald, senior staff member at the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the exhibition includes images that show the dignity, grief, and tenacity of the unsung s/heroes of the AIDS epidemic in Africa who have become the centrepiece of survival for their families and communities. After burying their adult children, these grief-stricken but indomitable older women stepped in to raise a generation of orphaned grandchildren. A decade later, they have come together to resurrect communities and have begun to mobilize for their human rights. Typically left out of the picture in the story of the AIDS crisis, these multi-dimensional women represent the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and are leading one of the most compelling and untold social justice movements of our time.
Photography by – Alexis MacDonald / Stephen Lewis Foundation
Exhibition designed by Moss & Lam
Presented by The Daniels Corporation
Daniels Spectrum & Beck Taxi presents
Taxi Drivers of Toronto Exhibition is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
This documentary photography project by Henry Vanderspek, celebrates the hard-working taxi drivers of Toronto, as well as the unique neighbourhoods of the city. Henry has met, interviewed and photographed dozens of dedicated taxi drivers all over the city. This exhibit reveals the individuals behind the wheels and who moves the city.
OPENING RECEPTION: Tuesday, May 2nd, from 6-9 pm, remarks at 7:30pm
EXHIBITION DATES: May 2 – May 31, 2017
BUILDING HOURS: M-F, 8am – 9pm, Sat & Sun, 10am – 6pm
Cash Bar & Light Refreshments
ABOUT HENRY VANDERSPEK
Henry VanderSpek is a Toronto-based documentary photographer with over fifteen years’ experience working with non-profit organizations including World Vision and Photographers Without Borders. His images have been published on CNN.com, TheGlobeandMail.com and in print editions of several Canadian newspapers. Henry’s work has been recognized with awards from Vistek and Ryerson’s Chang School. He has a certificate in Photography Studies from Ryerson University’s Chang School and lives in East York with his wife Suzi and their three children. www.CultureSnap.ca
Curator: elle alconcel
elle alconcel is a community arts supporter committed to the diversification of Toronto’s arts and culture scene. As a curator in the community arts gallery arena, she is invested in showcasing the work of local, culturally diverse artists. She champions programs and spaces that are designed to bring an exciting new voice to the arts dialogue in Toronto. Her curatorial projects have included Madiba, a visual arts presentation for the Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations (2013) at Daniels Spectrum and the inaugural exhibition at the new Toronto Arts Council gallery/workspace. elle is the Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Ryerson Image Centre and a member of two steering committees of ArtReach Toronto.
The Hallway Galleries programming at Daniels Spectrum is a unique opportunity for emerging and mid-career curators and artists to present exhibitions from local artists that not only reflect the multifaceted culture of the Regent Park community but also encourage dialogue and celebrate the importance of arts and culture.