EXPOSED Annual Visual Arts Exhibition
The theme for this years Exposed exhibition is Solace and is inhonour of March 21st, 2016, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Marvin Luvualu Antonio
Curated by Geneviève Wallen
March 14th – April 10th, 2016
Thursday March 17th,
7:00 pm – 10:00pm
Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor,
1214 Queen West, Toronto
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Black History Month has always promoted as a time of celebration of Black emancipation. February marks a period when recognition of achievements by key figures of liberation movements and renowned historical moments and unknown stories are shared on all media platforms. However, this time dedicated to blackness and the multifaceted histories from the Diaspora leaves many perplexed by the space it occupies socially and culturally. Some of us are torn between the sentiments of pride and skepticism, and ultimately find these celebrations emotionally and physically draining. Each year, between receptions and conversations, we come to realize that as individuals of Caribbean and African descent, although we enjoy more liberties than, years past, the intrinsic value placed on our bodies has not changed as much over time. We have better opportunities but this has not manifested in terms of equity.
In the last year, we have mourned too many deaths. So, how do we as individuals and as a community cope with the contemporary black experience? We are constantly re-inventing ourselves as individuals and by extension as a community Exchanges on daily practices of self-care and self-love is an integral part of this process. These forms of solace have been rarely explored in the arts as practices that create spaces for growth and healing.
The exhibition Solace explores the various ways in which self-love and self-care can manifest in our daily lives. Self-care and self-love can be challenging especially when considering external pressures derived from professional, social, familial responsibilities and interactions. Many of us are stretched thin between personal ambitions and societal expectations, leaving little room for self-care rituals. It is through conscious acts of care that one can find ways of tapping into the highest expression of selfhood as it relates to restoration and in the healing of broken spirits and fatigued bodies. This exhibition aims to generate a space where the visitors can re-energize, re-center and meditate as means ofself-preservation and political stance.
Solace is made possible by the generous financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and partnership with The Gladstone Hotel.
EXPOSED Skin Deep: (Re)Imaging the Portrait
Group exhibition explores visuality and the body through the camera lens.
Curated by Pamela Edmonds
Thursday, March 19, 7PM – 11PM
The Project Gallery, 1109 Queen Street East,
EXPOSED 2015, is the third incarnation of this yearly project which aims to provide a forum for artists to share their creations and to cultivate an appreciation of diverse artistic creations from across the African diaspora.
Skin Deep: (Re)Imaging the Portrait presents photographic and video works by six artists who address the visualization of presence and its relationship to various notions of representation, subjectivity and the body.
Each brings a diverse point of view and critical eye, interrogating the place and positioning of contemporary individuals and historical figures within the public sphere as activated through the camera’s lens. From empowering assertions of Black female beings within the iconic Canadian landscape, insightful ruminations on loss explored through minimalism and disembodiment, to markings of individuality within the faceless urban realm, the artists re-imagine regimes of the image away from fixed inscriptions of race, gender, class and corporeality. Complex, poetic and celebratory, together their work engages and encourages new ways of knowing and recognizing the visual, the visible and the viewed.
Skin Deep: (Re)Imaging the Portrait was made possible by the generous financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and partnership with The Project Gallery.
EXPOSED Deciding Centre
Deciding Centre represents the physical, and sometimes contextual, nature of work - offering a glimpse into the growing practices of these 9 contemporary artists..
Amefika “Afi” Browne
Gervais Kwabena Marley Nash
Curated by Sandra Brewster
March 7 - 21, 2014
918 Bathurst Centre, 918 Bathurst
After gathering these individuals together, it was apparent to all of us that there seemed to be a playfulness in each artists’ work. And a need to find a balance, or a centre – a decision to focus on how to convey a representation of one’s identity and response to environment, or on making choices that involve materials for a particular aesthetic
The artists’ approach to materials and techniques vary, however, the physical nature of much of their work centres around reconstruction and renewal. In some work, found materials such as cardboard, tiles and computer parts, are used to create new objects – what was unattractive and/or discarded is reclaimed and transformed into a thing of beauty, useful, current and cool. Other pieces, composed with two or more media – photography, textiles, drawing and painting – bring together materials unusually associated with each other to, in some cases, tell fantastical stories, referencing history and gesturing toward the future.
Work in drawing, painting and photography, are quite multi-layered as well. Through strategic layerings of paint, new ways of examining the bomdy are explored. Additional paintings use the figure to explore the effect of the earth’s elements on spirituality. Photographs offer narratives as well as experimental techniques. And through a series of drawings a multi-dimensional arts practice, that includes performance, is being felt through mark making.
Deciding Centre was made possible by the generous financial support of the Youth Challenge Fund and the Anita Morris family.