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HUNTCLUB l Hotel Gondolin l Estefania d'Esperies

HUNTCLUB l Hotel Gondolin l Estefania d'Esperies

Photographs and Book by Estefania d’Esperies
part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

JOIN US for a conversation with the photographer, Sydney Allen-Ash, Alexia Breard Andersen and Judy Virago
Thursday May 5th, 7pm
Reception to follow 8-11pm

For the first time since it was established in 2012, HUNTCLUB has invited an international artist, Argentinian photographer Estefania d’Esperies, to the showcase as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In her documentary series, Hotel Gondolín, d’Esperies offers viewers an intimate perspective of the transgender and transsexual community in her native Buenos Aires. 

Hotel Gondolín has been a home and refuge for transsexual and transgender sex workers for decades. It is a modern-day tenement run by its residents who are “authentic contemporary heroines,” fighting for their place in society with quiet dignity. D’Esperies and her collaborator Patricio Binagni spent eight months documenting the daily realities of the residents. The photographs, full of colour and light, grit and darkness, are an intimate window into the lives of a marginalized group of women. The project was published by Paripe III Books, Madrid in 2015 and has been exhibited in Europe and South America. 

Estefania d'Esperies is a photographer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After completing her studies at the Argentina School of Photography and Central Saint Martins in London, d’Esperies worked as a portrait and concert photographer for various South American fashion and music publications. Her work has been exhibited in South American, Europe and for the first time in Canada. Hotel Gondolin is her second book. D’Esperies is currently teaching photography in Buenos Aires and working on a book of portraits of women.

Judy Virago is a Toronto based writer, performer, public speaker and transgender rights advocate and is the co-founder of the queer art collective The House of Filth.

Alexia Bréard-Anderson is an Argentine-Canadian writer and curatorial student. She is the founder of Lexiquette: a website dedicated to featuring in-depth interviews with emerging artists and cultural happenings in the city. She is a strong believer in the power of art as a tool for inspiration, education and connection. 

Sydney Allen-Ash is the founder of Inspired by the power of dialogue as a learning tool, is a digital platform that aims to provoke discourse, provide opportunities for debate and highlight those who have already started their revolution. The platform produces profiles and hosts panel discussions connecting ideas and individuals in an effort to make change.

HUNTCLUB’s mandate is to showcase emerging talent, bringing art, installation and performance that encourage our audience to challenge not only aesthetic norms but to look at the diversity of today’s social culture with interest and open-mindedness. 

Exhibition runs: May 5th - 31st, 2016
Tue – Fri 12pm- 7pm
Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm or by appointment

Special Thank You to April Wozny Events.