Toronto Hip-Hop Explored in New Photo Exhibition

Toronto Hip-Hop Explored in New Photo Exhibition
It's hard to imagine the earlier, Drake-less years of Toronto's hip-hop culture unless you were actually there, but a new photography exhibition is set to reflect on the city's storied culture with a series of visual works.

As part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto's McMichael Canadian Art Collection will present ...Everything Remains Raw: Photographing Toronto's Hip Hop Culture from Analogue to Digital, an exhibition that will show "the growth, vibrancy, creativity, and influence of the hip hop scene that Toronto has fostered since the 1980s" through the work of Toronto-based photographers.

The exhibition, which runs from March 3 to October 21, will feature the work of "film photographers whose archives of images were essential to the growth of Toronto's hip hop communities in the 1990s, and unequivocally critical to imagining an expanded notion of Canadian art and culture we are only now beginning to celebrate and enjoy two decades later," as guest curator Dr. Mark V. Campbell explained in a statement.

Divided into three separate sections, the show will highlight numerous aspects of hip-hop culture, including rhyming, breakdancing, graffiti and DJing. Photography from Craig Boyko, Michael Chambers, Stella Fakiyesi, Demuth Flake, Patrick Nichols, Sheinina Raj, and Nabil Shash will be featured.

"This show will be particularly relevant to a younger audience. That said, the visual culture of hip-hop has a long history and will appeal to someone in their early 40s just as much as someone in their early 20s," McMichael's director of curatorial & collections Dr. Sarah Stanners added.

Further information on ...Everything Remains Raw can be found here.