On view June 1 - October 27, 2019
This exhibition challenges preconceived notions of Blackness in Canada through the work of eight contemporary artists. The artworks use current and historical objects, images, and ideas to blur the longstanding perception that Black bodies belong on the edge of Canadian history. Though Canada is widely celebrated as a triumph of cultural diversity, dominant narratives have reduced the Black Canadian experience to one of an everlasting immigrant or newcomer. These artists question this by exposing deep historical traces of Black presence in our country. In presenting multiple voices and sensitivities, this exhibition disrupts simplistic and comforting narratives, while affirming the longstanding relevance of Blackness to the fabric of Canada.
Artists: Sandra Brewster, Chantal Gibson, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Bushra Junaid, Charmaine Lurch, Esmaa Mohamoud, Michèle Pearson Clarke, and Gordon Shadrach.
Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art was developed by the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
Presented by TD Bank Group. Supported by ExxonMobil.
Image: Esmaa Mohamoud, Untitled (No Fields), (detail), 2018, Courtesy of Georgia Scheman Projects and the artist.