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Opening: Rydel Cerezo’s “To Be From The Same Tree”

August 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-7

Rydel Cerezo Andreas and I

Join us to celebrate the launch of Rydel Cerezo’s solo-exhibition “To Be From The Same Tree”, a Capture Photography Selected Exhibition.

*To facilitate a safe opening, we ask that you register for a time slot through the Eventbrite link, and attend the opening during the time listed on the ticket.* COVID precautions are listed below *

Artist: Rydel Cerezo
Curated by: Angie Rico as part of Capture Photography Festival
Exhibition Dates: August 7 to September 1st

In Sara Ahmed’s text “A Phenomenology of Whiteness,” the notion of bodies being seen or felt “not at home” in a Western “white” world, devolves and considers how metaphors of familiarity are made up on the basis of likeness. In this way, “a particular version of race and a particular version of a family” is consequently perpetuated. If we are to think of “family” as an institution, what does it mean to introduce a “foreign” body to it?

Drawing from literature and photo album making, To Be From The Same Tree showcases a body of photographic work that seeks to probe this phenomenon through the act of remembering, retelling, and remaking. Philippine-born artist Rydel Cerezo tenderly points his lens towards his Belgian partner’s family to reflect on the position of power in constructing, continuing, and discovering historical crossovers seemingly apart from his own. Initially, they learned that their Spanish and Dutch last names shared the same meaning—cherry tree. Unearthed in the process of making this work is Cerezo’s family history with Catholic Belgian missionaries and a coincidence that a relative of his partner happened to be one of the missionaries.

In collaboration with Patricia Massy, owner of Massy Books, the exhibition responds to its location within a bookshop by integrating literary works that seek to form a larger conversation surrounding intimacy, belonging, and history-making. To Be From The Same Tree is comprised of a series that exists on the knife’s edge of staged and documentary portraits. The exhibition uses the “family album” as a point of departure in addressing cultural disorientation and racial entanglement while combining moments that testify love as a process of understanding.

This exhibition is part of the 2020 Capture Photography Festival Selected Exhibitions program.
Supported by a Tricera Printing Grant.

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Image Credits:
Rydel Cerezo, Andreas & I, 2019, ink jet, shot on medium format. 20 x 24 inches

This event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Nations.

*COVID precautions*: This opening is limited to 12 people in Massy Books at any time. We ask that there be a limit of 6 people upstairs and 6 people upstairs throughout the entirety of the event. *

*Guests are required to wear masks, to sanitize hands upon entry, and to stay home if experiencing or living anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19*

*We ask that you social-distance and keep 2 meters from others throughout the event*

Accessibility information: this event takes place upstairs in the Massy Gallery, which is only accessible by a flight of stairs.