A Kind of Return' offers nuanced reflections on interpersonal relationships within Black communities. Through self-portraits and photographs of close friends and loved ones, Luther Konadu challenges dehumanizing representations that have long been associated with the Black body in photography. Elmi’s work addresses the tension between displacement and belonging within relationships, particularly as it relates to the Black queer and trans experience. At their core, both artists ask: What role can relationships serve for those living in oppressed conditions? And how do those individuals find each other and build community?
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IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL CENTRE VITRINES
April 1 - August 31, 2019
Works by Ed Pien, Jon Sasaki, FAG Feminist Art Gallery (Deirdre Logue, Allyson Mitchell, Morgan Sea and Heidi Cho), Meryl McMaster, and Rachel MacFarlane
Texts by Nino Ricci, Helen Humphreys, Zoe Whittall, Aisha Sasha John, and Carrianne Leung
Presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the UTSC English Department, Writer-in-Residence Program
Each year the Doris McCarthy Gallery invites U of T Scarborough’s annual Writer-in-Residence to peruse the Doris McCarthy Gallery Collection and identify a work of art to inspire a piece of writing. This literary contribution adds lasting, meaningful layer of interpretation to the work in the collection. 2019 marks the five-year anniversary of this partnership. Writers who have participated in this program include Nino Ricci, Helen Humphreys, Zoe Whittall, Aisha Sasha John, and Carrianne Leung. Presented here for the first time together are the texts and artworks that inspired them.