Converging passages: Art exhibit by Curtia wright and david chinyama

On Februrary 2019

Converging Passages: Curtia Wright & David Chinyama Art Exhibit Black History Month

In occasion of the 2019 festivities to recognize and celebrate Black Canadians, their contributions and legacy. Join 918 Bathurst and Muse Arts as we celebrate the immense contributions of Black Canadian artists to Toronto ’s cultural and artistic scene.

The role of african descendents and black communiites in Canada has not always been viewed as a key feature in Canada’s historic landscape. There is little mention that some of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks, or of the many sacrifices made in wartime by Black Canadian soldiers as far back as the War of 1812. Few Canadians are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now Canada, or of how those who fought enslavement helped to lay the foundation of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society.

Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.

Converging Passages is a visual art exhibit of history, migration and the experience of two artists who are part of the African and diaspora. Their work for this exhibition is centre around different time frames of colonizationand each personal story shapes a passage that redefines profounds aspects of their identities, beliefs and relevance towards their cultural traditions and takes them on a journey of self searching.

Curtia Wright , was born in Scarborough, Ontario. Her art practice revolves around the idea that the human body is in constant collaboration with its surroundings; often in ways that exceed the boundaries of physical reality. She creates images that exist on both analog and digital planes through their production and execution; “I believe these alternating layers of production reference the discourse between the human body and environment.” She’s interested in the way societies perceptions of bodies, specifically black bodies, have the ability to form and deform them while changing their narratives without consent.

David Chinyama is an award-winning Zimbabwean born multi-disciplinary Artist based in Toronto, Canada, whose work is inspired by form, movement and color. His work explores subject matters often centered upon aspects of identity, political, socio-economic and religious connotations.

As story teller, his love for the arts dates back from his childhood days in Zimbabwe, the period in which he discovered his artistic interest to create stuff. Old Illustrated picture books and comic strips, often borrowed from friends at school would fascinate and inspire him to create his own artworks using old scrap cardboard paper, wood charcoal and self-made natural pigments as medium.

A visual journey in pursuit of a dream , a journey of soul searching and personal discovery. His dream and desire continues to flourish and inspire him to create work that seeks to explore and engage his audience into dialogue on different issues affecting our daily lives TODAY.

About the organizers:

918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education is a cultural hub in the downtown core of Toronto which is a true reflection of the city’s diverse and vibrant cultural landscape. Housed in a 1955 ex-Buddhist temple, this supportive and inclusive multi-use space continues to develop, support and showcase new and emerging creators, thought leaders and visionaries in all areas of the arts. The 918 is committed to its mandate to strengthen and facilitate collaborations, partnerships and alliances with the city’s cultural community in order to create relevant and unique multidisciplinary programming and experiences for all. 918 Bathurst is a proud member of the Bloor Street Culture Corridor.

Muse Arts

Also known as Sick Muse Art Projects is a community arts organization that operates under the principles of inclusion and social justice. Working with community partners, Muse Arts create spaces for Emerging Artists from equity seeking groups to showcase their work, to access opportunities for professional development and to engage communities meaningfully and actively in hands-on, high quality arts education integrated to issues of Social Justice.

Muse Arts works with newcomers, refugees and members of equity seeking group in Toronto providing arts and social justice education in different ways:

Community Arts Developing art based projects for vulnerable populations, including new immigrants, refugees, and families who have experienced violence.
Activism and Public Education: Promoting social justice, equity and inclusion for all members of society.
Support for emerging and newcomer artists in Toronto – The organization offers support to emerging artists from equity-seeking groups to showcase their work and to access exposure opportunities and professional development.
International Cooperation: Artists locally and from different parts of the world engage in skill exchange and opportunities to support vulnerable communities , particularly communities impacted by violence and forced displacement.
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