Wynne Neilly: Female to "Male"
July 23 – August 24, 2014
Student Gallery, The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre)
Female to “Male” is a self-portrait project documenting the artist’s transition from female to “male” through weekly photographs, recorded vocal changes, documents and objects that represent a segment or moment in his gender exploration. The project offers an intimate view into the physical, psychological, medical and financial changes Neilly has undergone to shape and explore his gender. He insists on the use of quotation marks around the word “male” stating that his identity is something fluid that cannot be easily defined by use of a single word. For him, his gender and body are a construction of the ways in which he perceives himself and the queer social experiences he has lived. Neilly maintains that his trans identity is not a shift from one sex or gender to another, but rather a continual evolution.
Wednesday, July 23
Daily 2:30 PM
All events take place at The Image Centre (formerly Ryerson Image Centre), unless otherwise noted
Wynne Neilly is a Toronto based, trans identified, artist and photographer. Upon his completion of his BFA at Toronto Metropolitan University's (formerly Ryerson University) School of Image Arts in the summer of 2012, Wynne has directed his focus on producing and showcasing work in various venues throughout Toronto: Toronto Image Works, The Gladstone Hotel (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival), The Steam Whistle Gallery (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival), and the I.M.A. Gallery. His last project titled Of Center was awarded Best in Show at Toronto Metropolitan University's (formerly Ryerson University) fourth year thesis exhibition, Maximum Exposure and was nominated for solo show of the year through the Museum of Transgender History and Art in San Francisco. Wynne focuses on portraiture, using its personal nature to reflect the development of identity and the complexities of human gender expression.