The Cowboy, The Soldier, and the Queer Body, 2022
Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition
The Cowboy, The Soldier, and the Queer Body
is a project by Tyler Da Silva that investigates the identity of homoerotic art in a modern day landscape, alongside those within the queer community. Originating in the 1960’s, homoerotics were created for queer men, yet not openly branded as such. Simply being framed to showcase what masculinity was meant to look like.
Engaging directly with the experiences of the current queer community, Da Silva has used this series as an attempt to showcase what masculinity means to those today, and decontruct the bias’ made within the images before. Giving each person the opportunity to perform for the camera as pleased, within their space, allowing for a controlled representation of who they are.
Maximum Exposure. Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival 2022, Toronto, Canada
Toronto Metropolitan University x Rougher/ Yonge Dundas Square Programming, Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada
A Measure of Being Exhibition, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Canada
Work Selected for the President & Provost’s Personal Office Exhibition, X University, Toronto, Canada
The Cowboy, The Solider, and the Queer Body, Maximum Exposure: Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, 2022, Toronto, Canada
The Cowboy, The Solider, and the Queer Body, Gorgina, Exhibited within Yonge-Dundas Square, June 4th-15th, 2022, Toronto, Canada