IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL CENTRE VITRINES
April 1 - August 31, 2019
Works by Ed Pien, Jon Sasaki, FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Deirdre Logue, Allyson Mitchell, Morgan Sea and Heidi Cho), Meryl McMaster, and Rachel MacFarlane
Texts by Nino Ricci, Helen Humphreys, Zoe Whittall, Aisha Sasha John, and Carrianne Leung
Presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the UTSC English Department, Writer-in-Residence Program
Each year the Doris McCarthy Gallery invites U of T Scarborough’s annual Writer-in-Residence to peruse the Doris McCarthy Gallery Collection and identify a work of art to inspire a piece of writing. This literary contribution adds lasting, meaningful layer of interpretation to the work in the collection. 2019 marks the five-year anniversary of this partnership. Writers who have participated in this program include Nino Ricci, Helen Humphreys, Zoe Whittall, Aisha Sasha John, and Carrianne Leung. Presented here for the first time together are the texts and artworks that inspired them.
IN THE GALLERY
A Kind of Return
May 4 - June 22, 2019
Works by Bishara Elmi and Luther Konadu
Curated by Alyssa Fearon
A Kind of Return brings together projects by Bishara Elmi and Luther Konadu that offer nuanced reflections on interpersonal relationships within Black communities. Konadu takes photographs of close friends and loved ones, and self-portraits. The resulting images present the subjects on their own terms, and challenge dehumanizing representations that have long been associated with the Black body in photography. Elmi addresses the tension between displacement and belonging within relationships, particularly as it relates to the Black queer disabled experience. Using fabric, text, and moving and still images, Bishara’s work argues that the experience of exile and marginalization can occur within the context of a relationship, not just from a physical location. At the core of both of these projects is the question: What role can relationships serve for those living in oppressive conditions? Through their work, Elmi and Konadu explore this question culturally and systemically, while complicating stereotypical and narrow representations of Black communities.