Human identity and gender expression is extremely complex and unique to each individual. Wynne’s work in photography and multi-media installation work seeks to normalize the queer and trans body/identity. In this workshop, participants will learn about his creative and conceptual relationship to portraiture, the role that the photographer plays in capturing a subject’s identity, and the ways in which portraiture changes our relationship to identity and identity politics. This workshop will explore questions like: How do I best represent this subject? What kind of impact does photography have on the social construct of identity? What story am I telling about this person and how does that translate to the audience?
Participants are encouraged to bring 5-7 small photographs (no larger than 11"x17") from a complete or in-progress series to the workshop. Artists will participate in a sharing circle intended to stimulate constructive criticism and creative feedback from Wynne and other participants.
Wynne Neilly is a Canadian , queer and trans identified, visual artist and award winning photographer who is currently working out of Toronto. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at the Ryerson Image Centre, The International Center of Photography in New York, Sørlandet Art Museum in Norway, and Joseph Gross Gallery in Tuscon, Arizona. Wynne graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Image Arts and has been focused on producing and exhibiting work as well as freelance as a photographer.