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Par Amour / Paramour

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EMPOWERMENT, 1990-1991 © Courtesy of the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
June 21st, 2014 - August 17th, 2014
Opening: June 21st, 2014 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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prints, audio soundtrack, drawing, photography

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An intimate portrayal of gay male sexuality and beauty in the face of mortality is on view in Par amour / Paramour. From Stephen Andrews’ iconic Facsimile drawings that memorialize men lost to AIDS-related illnesses in the early 90s, to Robert Flack’s ornate depictions of the male body as a vessel of tantric power in response to his own diagnosis as HIV+, the exhibition features drawings, prints, photography, and an ambient audio soundtrack by Andrew Zealley that together etch a moving and emotional record of a community that came of age through its adversity in the face of loss. The show takes its title from Jean-Luc Verna’s work that subverts an emblematic Hollywood studio name and logo to reference the existence of a “paramour,” an illicit lover, as well as to an act done “par amour”: by love.