Incident Light: Gendered Artifacts and Traces Illuminated in the Archives

incident lightMay 25 – July 27, 2014
Curated by Leila Pourtavaf Tara Najd Ahmadi & Hannah Darabi*, Ala Dehghan*, Maryam Jafri, Jumana Manna, Nahed Mansour, The Otolith Group & Tejal Shah
*works commissioned by Azar Mahmoudian in collaboration with the curator

Opening Reception
Sunday, May 25, 3 – 6pm
A FREE shuttle bus will depart from Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto) at 3pm,  returning for 6pm.
Join us at 4pm for a tour of the exhibition with curators Leila Pourtavaf, Azar Mahmoudian, and artist Nahed Mansour.
In photography, the term “incident light” refers to both the source emitting the direct light which illuminates a subject, as well as secondary sources which redirect light onto it to reveal unseen details. Incident Light features a group of Middle Eastern and South Asian artists whose works focus on traces of gender and sexuality within various archives from the region. The exhibit questions the authority that nationalist historiographies hold in relation to their subjects through a repositioning of the cultural artifacts from various historical depositories. Building new stories from fragmented knowledge, the exhibition harnesses generative forces that anticipate, foresee and fantasize about what was and could have been.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.


Presented in conjunction with the Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, held at the University of Toronto, May 22 – 25, 2014. Click here for more information.

Photo credit: Jumana Manna, A Sketch of Manners (Alfred Roch’s Last Masquerade), 2013. HD video, 12:00 min, Video Still. Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, NY.

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

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Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday: 12 – 5pm
Wednesday until 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 3pm

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