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Adrian Raymer: Rejects

Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
May 1 - June 9, 2019 

My grandfather James spent the last years of his life in a small flat in Burlington, Ontario, estranged from his family. Following his death in 1997, all of his possessions were sold by a nameless German couple he shared the apartment with, leaving nothing but whatever my grandmother Marie had in her custody. Twenty years later, I found a forgotten box of slides bearing the words, “Waltons – Rejects,” filled with images of James and Marie in their twenties attending a party, and this project began.

In Rejects, I reenact the scenes in the 35mm colour slides found in the box and narrate a new history for the original images, looking at how we lose context as the truth becomes distorted and lost over time. Dancing on the line between fact and fiction, I present the props sourced and used within my reenactments as real artifacts, their history solidified in their existence within the old slides, the re-creations, and the installation.

- Adrian Raymer



Opening Party
Wednesday, May 1
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 pm

All events take place at the Ryerson Image Centre, unless otherwise noted

A person in a sweater and a tie looks down at a dining room table while holding a hand of cards, in a vintage-looking image.
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Adrian Raymer, Two of A Kind, 2018, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist Bio

Adrian Raymer

Adrian Raymer has always felt that the most important parts of a photograph are the hidden emotions and truths that lie unseen within. As far back as she can remember she would take self-portraits as a way of manifesting these ideas. Examining themes of identity and relationships, her current work investigates the narratives that lay within archival images and documents, in turn questioning the validity of photographs as evidence. She is concerned primarily with memory and truth, and in the process of unearthing the stories behind lost archival photos, she hopes to find their connection to the present. Raymer is a graduate of the photography program at Ryerson University.

Upcoming Exhibitions


Moyra Davey, EM Copperheads 1-150, Galerie Buchholz (detail), 2017, 150 chromogenic prints, tape, postage, ink. Courtesy the artist; Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York; and greengrassi, London


Meryl McMaster, Lead Me to Places I Could Never Find on My Own, from the series As Immense as the Sky, 2019, chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain


Pearson Ripley, Samuel, 2018, inkjet print. Courtesy the artist