Spina Bifida – Front to Back

Steve Kean, Front to Back #1, 60.96 x 91.44 cm Giclee print, 2014

Steve Kean, Front to Back #2, 60.96 x 91.44 cm Giclee print, 2014

Spina Bifida – Front to Back

Friday, March 27, 2015 to Saturday, April 25, 2015
Opening Reception
March 27,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Artist Talk
April 25,
3:30PM to 4:30PM
About the Exhibition: 

Spina Bifida – Front to Back is as much about the dignity of people as it is about the condition. It is about how people with disabilities inhabit their bodies. For each subject Kean produces two images - a traditional portrait on a white background to introduce the viewer to the subjects and a second image of the subject’s back. What distinguishes this project and what most people don’t see about Spina Bifida is in the back. It is even hidden from the view of the person living with the condition most of the time. Kean presents images of the backs of his subjects as a way to show the cause of the difficulty, strife, physical and emotional pain of Spina Bifida. Yet, he intends to show the “defect” in a beautiful way as a metaphor for how those living with this condition manage to find purpose and live with passion. 

This exhibition is presented with

 

Artist Biography: 
Steve Kean is a photographer living in Toronto. He recently completed a Masterclass where he continued his work that focuses on how people with disabilities inhabit their bodies and how it may differ from everyone else. Kean’s work challenges the viewer to think about how people with disabilities see and interact with the world they share with able-bodied people. Influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith, Steve seeks to capture the moment(s) that can define his subjects and their place in society.