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41 Pan Am Faces to Show the Latin American Toronto

41 Pan Am Faces to Show the Latin American Toronto

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 13, 2015

Robert Young showed that Toronto is a suitable city to host Pan Am Games, as he shed light on the diversity from the whole hemisphere present along Ontario Lake’s coast.

Young, a native of Toronto, found women that live in the city and have their roots in each of the 41 nations or territories that compete in the games. He painted the faces with the colors of their national flags, took pictures of them and hung the images on huge panels that circularly distributed at the downtown area.

“I had never seen something like this”, Carla Olivier said, who works in a hotel at the area and discovered the exhibit on Friday. “I love these images. This is another level”. Olivier is a typical citizen of Toronto. She was born in Trinidad & Tobago, but she has lived in the Canadian city over the past 30 years.

Just a few steps away, Vivienne Bryan was looking at the Jamaican model. Bryan moved to the city 25 years ago and she said to be “very proud” because Young – who is described as a “visual content creator” – is the son of Jamaican immigrants.

“To be honest, I was amazed by this display”, she said.

These expressions summarized the reactions of nearly one hundred people that were gazing at the exhibition, taking pictures and congratulating Mr. Young for reflecting the diversity of Toronto, which could only be matched by such cities as London or New York. “Toronto has the opportunity to be the showcase of a world amalgam”, Young pointed out. In early 2015, the photographer returned to his hometown after having lived abroad for some decades.

Mr. Young explained that the task given by the organizers, for Young Faces of the Pan Am Games project, helped him learn more about his hometown. Canada’s largest city will be showcasing its diversity throughout the 17 days of the Pan Am Games, to come to an end on July 26.

According to data provided by the City Hall, in 2011 nearly half of the people that were living in Toronto had been born out of Canada, and 45 percent of the citizens doesn’t have English or French as mother tongue. A third of the immigrants arrived in the city over the past 20 years, and a survey carried out identified over 200 “different ethnic origins”.

Mr. Young explained that he found the women by spreading the call in the streets. Some of them had worked as models, but many had been members of dance companies and were living in Toronto when he took the pictures in early 2015. “Every time I talked to one of them, I asked them if they knew somebody else”, Young recalls. He said that Surinam’s what the hardest representative to find, and she was recommended by the Argentinean model. “I told her that she had to come because she was the only one”, he underlined.

Unbelievably, finding a model for Canada was as complicated as reaching Surinam’s. “For Canada, I was trying to meet a model with a family of three generations”, he said. Mr. Young told the models not to laugh so the attention could be focused on their eyes.


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