image courtesy of casey norris

image courtesy of casey norris

image courtesy of casey norris

image courtesy of casey norris

a map for this place: 43º73 n, 79º61 w

Amanda Amour-Lynx
Keira Boult & Delilah Rosier
Stefana Fratila
Mz. Icar
Victoria McKenzie

Sep 4, 2018 to Oct 26, 2018, North Space Gallery - Humber Galleries

‘i found a place where i could imagine possible futures, a place where life could be lived differently.’ -bell hooks

how did we all come to be here, together?
all our histories tangled up
time passes differently on this planet
there is a new temperature here
sometimes we are marked by a place
carry its fragments on this journey
we claim our knowledge, time, and space
in the ways we move
in the ways we root
in the ways we weave
in the ways we arrange
in the ways we define
in the ways we remember

here, together
we can imagine possible futures

a map for this place critically approaches educational systems, and what it means to learn and teach in non-institutionalized ways. This spans across topics of mentorship and storytelling, erasure within educational spaces, learning or teaching through embodied practices, and how to unlearn institutionalized educational structures. a map for this place explores these artists’ perspectives and experiences navigating these spaces.

 -Safia Siad, 2018






image courtesy of dylan toombs

image courtesy of dylan toombs

image courtesy of dylan toombs

image courtesy of dylan toombs

the stars that show us to our love

Soko Negash and Leyla Jeyte

March 15, 2018 to April 7, 2018, Robert McLaughlin Gallery

‘Where are the stars that show us to our love
 inevitable’1

Where do we begin when it is considered radical for us to desire/love, to be joyful, in the first place. When we rarely engage our tender selves in public discourse, see our loving in popular media, or our ancestries honoured.   

Thus, we look to the vastness of the night sky. We look within and towards each other.

This is where we begin.

Photographers Soko Negash and Leyla Jeyte document intimacy and loving between the lines in diasporic communities. Both explore themes of de-colonial love, loving as resistance, and radical intimacies in their work.
Jeyte’s photographic portrait series, Love - A Black Woman’s Definition (2016-18) features Black women spanning across the world from Nairobi to Los Angeles. Her portraits are accompanied by excerpts from each of the women photographed, imagining and reclaiming their love/life narratives in their own words. While traveling, living, and working in different countries, Jeyte began to ask the women she was photographing to define what love means to them.
Negash’s series of photographs, Have You Eaten? (2018) chronicles Chinese mothers and daughters expressing themselves and their love on their own terms in response to racialized stereotypes. This series is accompanied by an audio sculptural installation Have You Eaten? Phone Home (2018). Recreating furnishing and decor from her grandmother’s home, Negash has created a domestic setting to interact with audio excerpts from interviews with the mother-daughter pairs from the series. 

‘How do we come to be here next to each other’2

 The ways we love are deeply nuanced and as wondrous as the star formations that illuminate the darkness.

 -Safia Siad, 2018

1 & 2 Poem for My Love (2005).