A bold col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary black art

Toronto Life - - Cutlure -

Black Cana­dian history didn’t end when the Un­der­ground Rail­road stopped shut­tling slaves north roughly 150 years ago. Here We Are Here pro­vides a vi­tal up­date on what it means to be a black Cana­dian from the an­te­bel­lum era to today. The show in­cludes paint­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy, video and in­stal­la­tions by nine con­tem­po­rary artists. Bushra Ju­naid aug­ments old-timey images of kids in sugar cane fields with art­fully cut news­pa­per clip­pings; Es­maa Ma­ho­moud riffs on the NFL’s take-a-knee con­tro­versy with an out­fit con­structed of foot­ball gear and African beads and fab­rics; and Sylvia D. Hamil­ton’s pow­er­ful po­etry is in­spired by de­hu­man­iz­ing de­scrip­tions of slaves: “stout wench / 3 scars on each cheek / lame of left arm.”

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