Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Leyla Godfrey, After the Party, 2018. Archival pigment print, 15  × 15.
Leyla Godfrey, After the Party, 2018. Archival pigment print, 15 × 15".
Clea Christakos-Gee, Motherlines, 2018. Photo collage on archival paper, 6 × 7.
Clea Christakos-Gee, Motherlines, 2018. Photo collage on archival paper, 6 × 7".
Featured Exhibition

Clea Christakos-Gee, Leyla Godfrey
A Thread to See Through

May 15–June 3
Reception: May 14, 6–9pm

Alliance Française Gallery
24 Spadina Rd


Hours Mon–Thu 9:30am–6:30pm
Fri 9:30am–4pm
Or By Appointment

Through photography, collage, and text, artists Clea Christakos-Gee and Leyla Godfrey excavate their matrilineal relationships to foreground the beauty, mystery, and complexity of communication, and art’s capacity as a vehicle for intergenerational transmission. Christakos-Gee examines the creative aptitude that exists in her family across generations: her mother, noted Canadian artist and poet Margaret Christakos; and late-grandmother Mary Jane Christakos, a visual artist and owner of an art supply store. Using the respective artistic materials of both, Christakos-Gee makes new visual and textual assemblages that are presented in dialogue with her photographs taken in her grandmother’s hometown of Sudbury, Ontario. While Christakos-Gee approaches her subject matter from multiple vantage points using a medley of materials, Godfrey’s inquiry is steadfastly photographic and representational. Over the course of many months, Godfrey has orchestrated numerous photographic rendezvous with her grandmother, Disa Adelman. Initially spurred by a mystery surrounding an unspoken secret, Godfrey eventually came to understand her grandmother’s privacy as a strategy for maintaining a form of independence. The result of her repeated photographic probing is a large collection of intensely psychological portraits. Presented together, both artists offer intimate visual schemas that illustrate forms of communication across a range of distances created by time, death, secrecy, and circumstance.

Curated by Benjamin Freedman

Scotiabank CONTACT
Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
Gallery Hours
Tue-Fri 11am–6pm
Sat 1–5pm
The CONTACT Gallery
is wheelchair accessible.