Rae 2012

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JJ Levine, Rae 2012, from the series Queer Portraits

JJ Levine, Rae 2012, from the series Queer Portraits

Queer Portraits, in Gallery 44 vitrines, is an ongoing series of large-scale colour photographs of Levine’s community in Montreal that captures the artist’s complex emotional relationships to friends, lovers, and siblings. Each portrait is taken in a different domestic setting, characterized by saturated colours and discursive backgrounds. Using professional lighting and a medium-format film camera, Levine creates a studio within each home environment, positioning objects that appear within the frame. These settings explore private queer space as a realm for the development of community and the expression of genders and sexualities often marginalized within the public sphere.

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