Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Exhibitions
Jonah Samson, Boys Prancing, 2019. Adhesive vinyl, brass hardware, vintage silk scarf,
36 × 27.
Jonah Samson, Boys Prancing, 2019. Adhesive vinyl, brass hardware, vintage silk scarf, 36 × 27".
Jonah Samson, Untitled, 2019. Silver gelatin photograph in custom red plexiglass box.
Jonah Samson, Untitled, 2019. Silver gelatin photograph in custom red plexiglass box.
Featured Exhibition

Jonah Samson
It Will Be Night, The Mist Will Clear

May 23–19
Reception: May 23, 6–8pm

Clint Roenisch Gallery
190 St. Helens Ave


Hours: Wed–Sat 12pm–6pm

June 28, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, an event widely considered to have sparked the beginning of the gay rights movement. That night in 1969 when police crashed through the doors of the Stonewall Inn in New York, the lesbians, gays, transgender people, and drag queens refused to go quietly, literally fighting back and imprisoning the police within the bar they had come to shut down. This rebellion against long-standing oppression and authority began to shine a light on the queer community, initiating a shift towards visibility and liberation. In this exhibition Jonah Samson has printed a collection of black-and-white negatives discovered on eBay. These intimate photographs of a group of gay men together at a beach house from the pre-Stonewall era were likely never intended to be seen: hidden away for years and badly damaged. Encased in red boxes, as if in their own private darkroom, these images are now able to shine like jewels.

“What is not certain, absolutely certain, that night prevents what day permits, for those who know how to go about it, who have the will to go about it, and the strength, the strength to try again. Yes, it will be night, the mist will clear.” —Samuel Beckett

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.