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Wynne Neilly: Female to "Male"

July 23 – August 24, 2014
Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Female to “Male” is a self-portrait project documenting the artist’s transition from female to “male” through weekly photographs, recorded vocal changes, documents and objects that represent a segment or moment in his gender exploration. The project offers an intimate view into the physical, psychological, medical and financial changes Neilly has undergone to shape and explore his gender. He insists on the use of quotation marks around the word “male” stating that his identity is something fluid that cannot be easily defined by use of a single word. For him, his gender and body are a construction of the ways in which he perceives himself and the queer social experiences he has lived. Neilly maintains that his trans identity is not a shift from one sex or gender to another, but rather a continual evolution.




Event(s):

Opening Party
Wednesday, July 23
6:00 PM

Exhibition Tours
Daily 2:30 PM

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

A shirtless man in front of a white wall staring at the camera. The handwritten text reads "100 mg. August 30. 3rd shot."
Fig. 1

Wynne Neilly, August 30th 2013 – 3rd Shot, 2013, Fuji Instax film. Courtesy of the artist

A shirtless man in front of a white wall staring at the camera. The handwritten text reads "100 mg. October 18 2013. 10th shot."
Fig. 2

Wynne Neilly, October 18th 2013 – 10th Shot, 2013, Fuji Instax film. Courtesy of the artist

A shirtless man in front of a white wall staring at the camera. The handwritten text reads "100 mg. January 24th 2014. 24th shot."
Fig. 3

Wynne Neilly, January 24th 2014 – 24th Shot, 2014, Fuji Instax film. Courtesy of the artist

A shirtless man in front of a white wall staring at the camera. The handwritten text reads "100 mg. April 18th 2014. 36th shot."
Fig. 4

Wynne Neilly, April 18th 2014 – 36th Shot, 2014, Fuji Instax film. Courtesy of the artist

A man in a black tshirt with a moustache, a nose ring, and black earrings
Fig. 5

Wynne Neilly, Facial Hair, 2014. Courtesy of the artist

Artist Bio

Wynne Neilly
Artist

Wynne Neilly is a Toronto based, trans identified, artist and photographer. Upon his completion of his BFA at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in the summer of 2012, Wynne has directed his focus on producing and showcasing work in various venues throughout Toronto: Toronto Image Works, The Gladstone Hotel (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival), The Steam Whistle Gallery (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival), and the I.M.A. Gallery. His last project titled Of Center was awarded Best in Show at Ryerson University's fourth year thesis exhibition, Maximum Exposure and was nominated for solo show of the year through the Museum of Transgender History and Art in San Francisco. Wynne focuses on portraiture, using its personal nature to reflect the development of identity and the complexities of human gender expression.

Installation Shots

Wide shot of the Student Gallery, a large print in the center
Fig. 1

Wynne Neilly: Female to "Male" (installation view), 2014 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

A row of polaroids of a shirtless man, each taken at different times and hand-labelled
Fig. 2

Wynne Neilly: Female to "Male" (installation view), 2014 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre

5 small glass bottles on a ledge. Labels read "testosterone"
Fig. 3

Wynne Neilly: Female to "Male" (installation view), 2014 © Eugen Sakhnenko, Ryerson Image Centre