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Age of Consent

Age of Consent
UTSC Doris McCarthy Gallery
Time: Apr 14th, 2:00 pm End: May 12th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Visual Studies (UTM), United States Studies, Sociology (FAS), Sexual Diversity, Psychology, Information, Faculty of, Education, Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Canada, Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-
Masters of Visual Studies Curatorial Thesis Exhibition

The University of Toronto Master's of Visual Studies Curatorial Studies program is pleased to present the Curatorial Thesis Exhibition:

Age of Consent, Curated by Talia Linz

Featuring works by:

  • Sue de Beer
  • Wendy Coburn
  • Kyla Mallett
  • Leslie Peters
  • Rebecca Finn Simonetti
  • Tobias Yves Zintel

Opening Reception: Saturday 14 April, 2-5 pm, Doris McCarthy Gallery

Free shuttle bus for the opening departs 401 Richmond Street West at 2pm, returning at 5pm
Age of Consent brings together the work of six Canadian and international artists who look at adolescence in various forms, exploring experiences (real and projected), perceptions (internal and external), myths, dreams and desires connected to this demographic and this time of life.
The exhibition includes work in various mediums from video to drawing, sculpture to photography, that looks at notions of socialization and anti-socialization: play, excess, experimentation, negotiating systems of authority, self-presentation and identity. There is a focus on the phenomenon of girlhood, the cultural erasure of the teenager, and ideas around sexualization and youth as biocapital. There is also a strong emphasis on teen agency and a number of the artists included work directly with adolescent co-creators.
Temporality is a central factor in considering ideas around adolescence, which is often framed as emblematic of the liminal, as a transitional phase to move through to achieve a more stable state of being. Many of the works in Age of Consent celebrate wading in the uncomfortable unknowing of teenagedom, asking how this paradigmatic period shapes the formation of the self and continues to inform adult subjectivity.

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