Eniola Dawodu, Kourtney Jackson, Anique Jordan, Oluseye Ogunlesi, amber williams-king, Qualeasha Wood, Chason Yeboah, shimby zegeye-gebrehiwot
With for those of us who live at the shoreline we are reminded of methods of self-soothing and affirmation that we return to as both salve and testimony. Here, kinship, self-imagining, and ancestral knowledge take precedent, and movements of both embrace and refusal are offered as an act of care. Relations here are multi-faceted: they are tactile, immaterial, and otherworldly; they reside on the same embodied plane as liberation, as rest, as joy; they privilege the immediacy of feeling and spirit. The works in this exhibition act as witness to both us and their makers, communally grounding us within the freedom of each of our expansiveness and with love for our specificities.
Sarah-Tai Black is a curator and critic who lives in Treaty 3 Territory/Toronto, ON. Their work centers on the liberatory and affective capacities of artmaking with an emphasis on embodied Black, queer, trans, and crip futures.
Oluseye Ogunlesi, Steve, Act I: The Fall of Man, archival print on baryta paper, antique Calothic last rights box, 2019