Saturday November 11 2017 at 7:15pm
National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Admission: $12 / $10 for students and seniors
Imagine your ideal man: his muscular body, his leather jacket and his mustachioed face. Enter: Tom of Finland, introduced to us here as Tuoko Laaksonen, the visionary artist behind those infamous charcoal drawings.
After serving his country in World War II, Tuoko Laaksonen returns to homophobic Helsinki and seeks refuge in his art. Under his secret signature, Tom of Finland, Tuoko creates hypersexual drawings of muscular men that would eventually become a symbol of freedom and expression for a generation of gay men. From World War II soldier to the forefather of the leather scene, to standing at the forefront of the AIDS epidemic, Tom of Finland is the story of a courageous man at the centre of the gay revolution.
Galerie SAW Gallery will make an announcement at the screening regarding the inaugural exhibition and continued queer programming in the new expanded SAW, which will open its doors in the fall of 2018.