• BIDEMI OLOYEDE AND GORDON PARKS

    JULY 8 - 31, 2021

  • Bidemi Oloyede & Gordon Parks brings together two photographers from different generations that shared a specific intention with their cameras - to document scenes from everyday life in their respective communities, focusing on black lives and illuminating their stories. Parks’ famous quote, “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera,” had a profound impact on Oloyede. Self-Portrait, Toronto, 2017, in which he shot his reflection in a mirrored storefront window was directly inspired by Parks’ own self portrait from 1940.

     

    Born in Nigeria, Oloyede moved to Canada at the age of 16 and later studied psychology. He began to make photographs of friends and acquaintances on the side, eventually deciding to switch majors. He completed his BFA in Photography from OCAD University in 2019. His quick reflexes and quiet demeanor allow him to capture his subjects unguarded and in the moment. Works from two of Oloyede’s series are presented in this exhibition, poignant examples of his street photographs as well as striking portraits in which his subjects are documented in their own spaces, as they choose to be seen.

     

    The selection of photographs by Gordon Parks includes works from seminal series including A Segregation Story and I Am You. The iconic portfolio I Am You, published by the Gordon Parks Foundation is also available on request. The linen-bound portfolio contains a set of twelve gelatin silver prints and archival pigments prints that document critical moments and figures of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States between 1947 and 1967.

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  • Bidemi Oloyede, Untitled, Toronto, 2018

    Bidemi Oloyede

    Untitled, Toronto, 2018 Baryta fine art print
    28 x 28 in.
    Edition of 5
    $ 1,600.00
  • Gordon Parks, At Segregated Drinking Fountain, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

    Gordon Parks

    At Segregated Drinking Fountain, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

    archival pigment print, printed later
    28 x 28 in.
    Edition of 10

    SOLD
  • Bidemi Oloyede, Untitled, Toronto, 2018

    Bidemi Oloyede

    Untitled, Toronto, 2018 Baryta fine art print
    20 x 28 in.
    Edition of 5
    $ 1,600.00
  • Gordon Parks, Untitled, Washington, D.C., 1963

    Gordon Parks

    Untitled, Washington, D.C., 1963 archival pigment print
    16 x 20 in.
    Edition of 25
    US$ 8,500.00
  • Bidemi Oloyede, Graham and Zviko, Toronto, 2019

    Bidemi Oloyede

    Graham and Zviko, Toronto, 2019 Baryta fine art print
    24 x 29 in.
    Edition of 5
    $ 1,600.00
  • Bidemi Oloyede, Kelvin Mendie, Toronto, 2019

    Bidemi Oloyede

    Kelvin Mendie, Toronto, 2019 Baryta fine art print
    29 x 24 in.
    Edition of 5
    $ 1,600.00
  • Gordon Parks, Untitled, Alabama, 1956

    Gordon Parks

    Untitled, Alabama, 1956 archival pigment print, printed later
    11 x 14 in.
    Edition of 15
    US$ 16,000.00
  • Gordon Parks, Untitled, ca. 1940

    Gordon Parks

    Untitled, ca. 1940

    gelatin silver print
    8 x 10 in.

    SOLD
  • Bidemi Oloyede, Self-Portrait, Toronto, 2017

    Bidemi Oloyede

    Self-Portrait, Toronto, 2017 Baryta fine art print
    20 x 28 in.
    Edition of 5
    $ 1,600.00
  • Bidemi Oloyede, Afrofest, Toronto, 2019

    Bidemi Oloyede

    Afrofest, Toronto, 2019 Baryta fine art print
    20 x 28 in.
    Edition of 5
    $ 1,600.00