In The Side Profile Series, Shantel Miller explores complexities within representations of blackness. With a suite of eight oil paintings, Miller portrays young, black men in side profile, as a method to re-contextualize and bring into focus the black body – revealing that each subject depicted is replete with individual characteristics, vulnerabilities, and truths. This body of work crafts a space for exploring notions of the viewer, viewing and the viewed.

Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016


Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski 

Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016

Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski
Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Desy, 2016

Oil on Linen

20 X 20 inches

Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Olivier, 2016

Oil on Wood Panel

18 X 24 inches

Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Teekay, 2015

Oil on Wood Panel

18 x 24 inches


Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016


Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski 
Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Sebastein, 2014

Oil on Wood Panel

24 x 24 inches

Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Josh, 2016

Oil on Wood Panel

18 x 24 inches

Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016


Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski 
Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Corey, 2014

Oil on Wood Panel

16 x 20 inches

Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Stefan, 2016

Oil on Wood Panel

18 x 24 inches

Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Khanya, 2016

Oil on Linen

18 x 24 inches

Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016


Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski

Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016


Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski 

Detail shot of The Side Profile Series at Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto - 2016


Photo taken by Yuula Benivolski 
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