Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Jonah Samson, Every Exit is an Entrance Somewhere Else, 2016. Gelatin Silver Prints, 30x30”.
Jonah Samson, Every Exit is an Entrance Somewhere Else
Bird Cage, 2016. Archival Pigment Prints, 30x40”.
Bird Cage
Jonah Samson, Every Exit is an Entrance Somewhere Else, 2016. Archival Pigment Prints, 40x50”.
Jonah Samson, Every Exit is an Entrance Somewhere Else
2017 Featured Exhibition

Jonah Samson
We’re the Heirs to the Glimmering World

May 5–June 10, 2017
Clint Roenisch Gallery
190 St. Helens Ave

After fleeing the violence of Europe in 1944, André Breton came to the Gaspé Peninsula and wrote the book Arcanum 17, which used the crumbling beauty of nearby Percé Rock as a metaphor for the indestructibility of life. In light of humankind’s looming efforts to annihilate itself, his book proclaimed the superiority of women, arguing that only feminine ideals would bring peace to the planet, and that ultimately only love and art would allow humanity to flourish. In We’re the Heirs to the Glimmering World, Jonah Samson contemplates the lamentations and vitality of femininity by transforming a series of found photographs and negatives he purchased from eBay, including a series of press images of women crying, and symbolic photographs displayed in both their negative and positive forms. With current world tensions and the rampant surge of misogyny in recent American politics, a call for the rise of the feminine as a path to harmony may be as strong now as it was then.

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.