BREAK­ING DOWN THE NORMS

Toronto Star - - GREATER TORONTO - By Christo­pher Reynolds

The So­ci­ety of Fe­males in Art, an emer­gent Toronto col­lec­tive, held its in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion over the past few weeks. Ti­tled Bad Be­hav­iour, it turns the lens on young women un­teth­er­ing them­selves from ex­pec­ta­tions and adds a bold new voice to photograph­y, a pro­fes­sion the artists say re­mains dom­i­nated by men.

ANYA CHIBIS

Park­our for the course Anas­ta­sia Bel­lka glides along a ledge atop the roofs of Moscow, her home­town. Chibis’s se­ries show­cases “the grace and the strength and the courage, but also the com­mu­nity” formed by park­our’s fe­male prac­ti­tion­ers, says fel­low...

AN­GELA LEWIS

Sis­ter­hood Bre­anna mugs for a selfie while her younger sis­ter Mena eyes the other lens. Pho­tog­ra­pher An­gela Lewis doc­u­mented the girls across four sea­sons in Port Dover, Ont., as an ex­plo­ration of ado­les­cence and fe­male sib­ling re­la­tion­ships. Mena, 10,...

MAY TRUONG

Fam­ily rit­ual Grow­ing up as a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Cana­dian was “full of ten­sions,” says May Truong, 37. She pho­tographed mod­els in a home to re-cre­ate “mun­dane” but freighted mo­ments of her ado­les­cence, when fil­ial piety clashed silently with teenage...

MICHELLE YEE

Dark re­flec­tion Michelle Yee, 39, casts her­self in a dark emo­tional space in this self-por­trait. Her ex­hi­bi­tion pieces stem from her re­cent breakup with her part­ner of 11 years. “I found my­self feel­ing re­ally lost and con­fused,” she says. “I would go...

REGINA GAR­CIA

Mother­hood Regina Gar­cia’s re­cent work ex­plores themes of do­mes­tic­ity and “so­ci­etal pres­sure,” says Yee. Main­tain­ing “the ap­pear­ance of per­fec­tion” while do­ing the deeply grat­i­fy­ing yet of­ten grind­ing work of a mother can, as mil­lions of moms well...

RAINA KIRN

Hard sleeper Pho­tog­ra­pher Raina Kirn, her mother and her grand­mother were all “fa­ther­less women,” says Yee. “They were forced to be re­ally in­de­pen­dent at a young age.” Draw­ing on that fa­mil­ial his­tory, Kirn’s se­ries Lit­tle War­riors cel­e­brates “be­ing...

BROOKE WED­LOCK

Shear re­bel­lion Pho­tog­ra­pher Brooke Wed­lock asked women to share their “bad be­hav­iour” through ges­tures and move­ment. That opened up a safe space where they could “re­lieve, in a cathar­tic way, the stigma of be­hav­iour per­ceived as bad,” says May Truong....

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