Mobilized in direct response to sexual and gender based violence on campus, Chase Joynt’s IMAGINE US was boldly installed at York University this March. By co-opting the structures of various York University advertisements and popular poster sales, the project utilizes still and moving image portraits to fearlessly turn the densely populated public space into an unavoidable viewing gallery of personal connections to these issues. Passing through, audiences quickly learn that each face unflinchingly featured by Joynt carries a history of sexual and/or gender based violence, the sheer size and scale of the project imploring the attention of all people. Part Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, and part Foucauldian panopticon, Joynt brazenly shifts the gaze back onto the York community, confronting viewers with the unavoidable realities of violence experienced by so many.
Commissioned by the Art Gallery at York University (AGYU)
with support of The Women and Trans People's Safety Committee.