Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art: Royal Ontario Museum | Ontario, CA

27 January - 22 April 2018
Overview

What is the Black Canadian presence and history in our country? Explore these ideas, and the issues of belonging, in the ROM original exhibition, Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, presented by TD Bank Group, through the contemporary works of nine Canadian artists. Challenge yourself to think differently about the deep-rooted histories and enduring presence of Black Canadians, gain a new and multifaceted understanding of Canada, through these unique and visually compelling installations.

 

Esmaa Mohamoud

Mohamoud an African-Canadian artist based in Toronto who investigates the intangibility of Blackness through the realm of athletics—specifically, basketball and football. Mohamoud is interested in the ways in which Black bodies navigate spaces as bodies that are both visible, and invisible at times. With the use of industrial materials, Mohamoud aims to re-examine our contemporary understanding of Blackness and challenge the relationship of blackness as a colour and shade, and Blackness as a societal or cultural construction of a group of people. She has recently shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, YYZ Artist Outlet, Manifesto Festival, the Gladstone Gallery and Drake Devonshire Gallery.

 

— Curatorial text courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum

 

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