Born on February 7th, 1972, Reza Eslami is a published Canadian-Iranian architect and poet who captures both in his photography. Since the age of 15, Reza has been actively engaged with drawing, photography and writing poetry and has had two photography exhibitions, one in 1998 and the second on in 2001.

Planner ‏Ziba Loghmani is an Iranian-Canadian Urban Planner that was born on November 8th 1972. Her interests in Photography and Psychology directed her to see the objects and spaces around her from a conceptual point of view. She is a screen play writer that had been the student of one of the most famous Iranian photographers and cinema directors, Nasser Taghvaei for more than five years, an honour that she cherishes forever. Nasser Taghvaei’s emphasis on importance of closing a proper frame, gave Ziba a new approach to the world of photography.

 The reception of our photography exhibition is tomorrow at Queen Gallery. It is always exciting to have an exhibition, beyond imagination… and then the devastating news of earthquake of Kermanshah broke and made us gasp, trying to inhale any tiny thin bit of the pain and suffering they are going through.

The Exhibition will go on, as the life has to go on, but it doesn’t have to go on with closing our eyes and passing the suffered people by, if we can.

Therefore, We are donating all the earnings through the sale of our photographs to support the Iranian families devastated by the earthquake. We hope you all can find a way to help them as well. Ziba & Reza

Artists Catalogue: 2018_11_ Ziba & Reza Catalogue

A tribute to Roland Barthes and his book “Camera Lucida”

“Studium operates in the arena of liking, while Punctum operated in the arena of loving”

Studuim & Punctum


Studuim, which doesn’t mean (at least not immediately) study, is a Latin word which means;

  1. an application to a thing,
  2. taste for someone,
  3. a kind of general, enthusiastic commitment

And of course, without any special acuity.

To recognize the Studium, is inevitably to encounter the photograph’s intentions, to enter into harmony with them, to approve or disapprove of them, but always to understand them or to argue them within self.


The second element will break (or punctuate) the studium. This time it is not the viewer who seek it out, it is this element which rises from the scene, shoots out of it like an arrow. This second element which will disturb the studium, has been called also by Roland Barthes, Punctum, for punctum is also: sting, speck, cut, little hole and also a cast of a dice.

The tricky thing is not pointing to, and elaboration on photographs as examples of studium. All photographs can, in fact, be considered as studiums. Definitely the challenge is finding and explaining the arrows Barthes is talking about as punctums, those accidents that pricks and makes small holes in you.

Well, the fact that you start looking for punctums at all misses the point. Punctums hit you, so go looking for something that might hit you is moving the scene from punctum to studium. Punctums are also casts of the dice. Read More »

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Queen Gallery’s Holiday Sale

Up to 50% off all artworks, ceramics, and jewellery!

Queen gallery and participating artists are offering huge discounts to promote art and help you acquire unique gifts. We guarantee that our collection of jewellery, ceramics, and artworks to be one of a kind and most importantly affordable to all budgets.

You can visit us from December 8th to December 26th.  Tuesday through Saturday from 3:30pm to 7:30pm during regular gallery hours, or book an appointment by emailing us at info@queengallery.ca.

Join us on Saturdays for coffee, cookies, tea, and holiday shopping from 3:30pm to 7:30pm!

STUDENTS, ARTISTS and SENIORS receive an extra 5% off.

Participating Artists:

Davood Mantegh

Jonathan Fisher

Kamyl Bullaudy Rodríguez

Khosro Berahmandi

Maryam Hafizi

Maryam Hooshvar

Liora Salter

Oscar Wolfman

Sara Ahmadieh

Sayeh Irankhah

And MORE …


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Poetry & Music Night

3rd Thursday from 7 pm to 9 pm
$5 Cash donation at the door
382 Queen Street East

We are pleased to announce our series of monthly Poetry & Music nights. Join us every third Thursday of the month for an open stage night of music and poetry. Bring your poetry, music, and/or friends, and enjoy a fun night out at our lovely gallery.

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We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 programming schedule and have rental periods available. Please inquire about availability by e-mailing: info@queengallery.ca.
Please note that as a juried gallery rentals are subject to our selection process.


You will find our floor plan and rental fees here: RENTAL

Queen Gallery presents the work of contemporary artists from Toronto and around the world. Our exhibitions are driven by a comparative exploration of art and culture in an interdisciplinary setting. Housed in a refurbished brownstone, this distinctive space is a forum where the boundaries of media are greeted, embraced and even challenged. We look to showcase a variety of talent of diverse heritage, aiming to provide the most original, contemporary voices to our collection.

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