Walter Segers emigrated from Belgium in 1993 and currently lives and works in Toronto. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2008 with distinction and received OCADU’s prestigious M.C. McCain Post Graduate Photography Residency in 2009 and he was an artist in residence at the Museum Of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) through Akin studio programming in 2019. Segers has exhibited his photo-based works at Spin, Gallery Thirteen Thirteen, Lonsdale, The John B. Aird Gallery, Propeller, The Window Gallery YYZ, P|M Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Artscape and the Gladstone art hotel in Toronto. In Ontario he exhibited at Open Studio at Cambrian College in Sudbury, FHM in Cambridge, Markham Museum and Lilliput Gallery in London, ON. His work has been shown internationally at Leslie Lohman Annex Gallery in NYC, Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, Peperfabriek in Antwerp-Belgium, Galerie AMU in Prague and Galerie 12 in Zlín in the Czech Republic. Segers’ work is published in ArtWindsor, muse magazine (Canadian Museums Association), PhotoEd as well as the online magazines Wondereur, Frank by The Genteel, and Pixie & Rotter. His photo-based works explore issues surrounding gender, sexuality, immigration, belonging and identity.
Segers has been deeply impacted by his initial encounters with
homophobia and gender conformity, as well as his teenage fear and
fascination with the early outbreak of the AIDS crisis. These
influential experiences have greatly influenced Segers' political
beliefs and have played a significant role in shaping his perspective on the world.
The artwork he creates frequently portrays ideas related to personal
identity, sexuality, and the challenges faced by marginalized
communities. Through his art, he aims to question existing norms and