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Megan Morgan: Identity, Feminity and Place

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Megan Morgan is a multidisciplinary artist living in Toronto.

Born in Bermuda, Megan was adopted and moved to Canada as an infant. She attended the Carleton University School of Journalism, before completing a BA in Sociology, Geography and Anthropology. She completed her dual degree in Art and Art History at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College in 2009. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Megan's work investigates issues around identity, feminity and place; specifically, questioning the multitude of factors that influence these so-called terms.

In a recent photographic series entitled Re-photograph, Morgan explores her own interracial Bermudian-Canadian family history by re-contextualizing a series of old family portraits and re-presenting them in a series of grids. Issues of memory and loss are counter-balanced against notions of re-creation and assertion through these images, which ultimately questions perceptions of identity from a personal, cultural and familial perspective. These images seek not to create an imaginary wholeness out of disparate parts, but rather to offer paradox, fragmentation and ambiguity as primary states of being. Collectively, the works in this exhibition suggest an identity and a body in the process of "being" and "becoming". Insofar as identity is performed and experienced as real, self-imaging through the photographic portrait has constituted a powerful strategy through which subjects maintain control over their lives and their image.

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